The aim of the Trauma Clinic is to identify and treat patients who have experienced trauma and have a primary diagnosis of Acute or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Major Depressive Disorder, using an evidence-based practice approach through short-term individual and psychoeducational group therapies. We believe that psychoeducational group psychotherapy and symptom-focused individual therapy benefits a wide range of individuals experiencing PTSD and depression, and these specialized services are particularly needed in inner-city medical centers such as Grady Memorial Hospital. Through a comprehensive intake assessment and determining patient’s level of psychiatric co-morbidity, we choose targeted evidence-based treatment approaches based on individual needs. If patients’ needs are best served in other facilities, we refer patients to the best clinical resources available in the area, including other research studies and behavioral health clinics.
We hope to establish a clinic focused on improved efficacy through focused care. However, by designing this clinic with clinical outcomes in mind, we also aim to gather a database of pre- and post- treatment data on the clinic patients.
Appointments are made with individual clinicians based on clinician and patient availability (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm). The treatment team consists of psychology interns and postdocs who co-lead group and individual therapy, intake and diagnostic evaluations, and serve as liaisons between case managers and our clinic. Two licensed clinical psychologists supervise all clinical activities.
Interaction with existing adult outpatient services:
The aim of the clinic is to augment, not replace, existing outpatient services. Our goal is to provide time-limited services that would not entail case management. Current patients referred to our clinic may keep their assigned clinician or case manager during more intensive treatment in our clinic. Upon reaching criterion for termination from the clinic groups or individual services, the patients return to their primary clinicians within the traditional outpatient system. Clinicians in the specialized clinic communicate any changes in the patient’s psychiatric symptoms to ensure continuity of care.
Co-leading a PTSD group and/or doing weekly individual psychotherapy with PTSD patients will allow for additional PTSD-focused supervision and participation in weekly group meetings and readings of the PTSD literature if interested.