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Home Study: The Importance of Intentionality in Untangling Trauma From Severe Mental Illness 

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The Importance of Intentionality in Untangling Trauma From Severe Mental Illness
by Sunni S. Lutton; Jacqueline M. Swank
Volume 40, Issue 02 - April 2018

Trauma has become entangled and largely lost in the conceptualization and treatment of severe mental illness (SMI). Practitioners conceptualize and treat SMI with medical-model ideals. While researchers support using treatment approaches developed from a medical model in treating the symptoms of SMI, these treatments can be problematic for an individual with SMI who has also experienced trauma. Thus, it is imperative that counselors consider trauma separately when working with individuals presenting with SMI. Additionally, counselors need to employ holistic measures to treat trauma. This article focuses on understanding how SMI and trauma have become entangled, what they look like when separated, and why it is important to disentangle them. The conceptualization for the disentanglement process is presented from a Jungian theoretical foundation.

Article is free for AMHCA members:

For AMHCA members to access the journal they must first go to and log in to the website with their username and password. Once they have logged in, they will click on “Journal of Mental Health Counseling” under the “Publications” tab. From there they will click on the “ Member Access” icon.

Non-AMHCA members will need to purchase the article:

Articles are available to non-members for $25.

AMHCA will provide 0.5 CE for reading and completing the accompanying quiz with a passing grade (80% or higher). American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. All sales are final - home study registrations are non-refundable.


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