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Research watch: trauma-informed mental health care and avoiding exclusion of people with a psychosis diagnosis from trauma therapies

Sue Holttum (Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University, Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Article publication date: 7 May 2021

Issue publication date: 8 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to highlight emerging research relating to the need to recognise and address trauma in mental health service users.

Design/methodology/approach

The author searched for papers on trauma-informed care, published in the past two years.

Findings

One paper reports ideas of service users and family members for trauma-informed mental health services. A second paper describes an online survey seeking agreement between staff and service users of early intervention services for psychosis about practices of trauma-informed care. Both papers feature themes about safety and staff having training and support for asking about and responding to trauma. A third paper reports on specific therapies for trauma with people who experience psychosis. It found some evidence for talking therapies but noted that people with a psychosis diagnosis are rarely offered such therapies.

Originality/value

These papers highlight an emerging consensus about essential components of trauma-informed care and the need for staff training and support to realise it. The exclusion of people with a psychosis diagnosis from specific trauma therapies might begin to be addressed if services were more able to recognise trauma. There is some evidence that talking therapies for childhood trauma can be helpful for people who have a psychosis diagnosis. However, evidence reviews should be broadened to include a range of distressing experiences recognised to follow childhood trauma irrespective of whether the person has a psychosis diagnosis.

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Citation

Holttum, S. (2021), "Research watch: trauma-informed mental health care and avoiding exclusion of people with a psychosis diagnosis from trauma therapies", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 109-116. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-02-2021-0006

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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