Treatment Goals and Treatment Planning
PATRICIA A. PETRETIC-JACKSON
TRICIA H. WITTE
THOMAS L. JACKSON
In a recent review of clinical practice with battered women, Lundy and Grossman (2001)note that practitioners working with battered women often use a combination of modalities and a range of models and theories to guide their interventions. At the same time, there is little empirical research on the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions with battered women. This limited knowledge may be attributed in part to the failure of mental health professionals to identify issues of domestic violence in treatment-seeking battered women. Battered women may not identify battering as their primary reason for seeking mental health services. Consequently, providers of medical, mental health, and substance abuse services need to be aware that domestic violence may be a significant contributing factor to a wide range of physical and mental health problems. Battered women have been found to be at increased risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; Jones, Hughes, & Unterstaller, 2001), somatization, substance abuse (Elliott, 1994), suicidal ideation and risk (Thompson et al., 1999), panic disorder, and anxiety (Roberts & Burman, 1998). Additionally, although mental health professionals are becoming increasingly aware that PTSD is a common outcome of battering, a frequent criticism of clinicians who are unfamiliar with PTSD is that they often overlook trauma symptoms and limit treatment to a focus on depression (Jones et al., 2001). Finally, as Lundy and Grossman (2001) rightly point out, conducting psychotherapy process and outcome research is a difficult undertaking under any circumstances, but it may be further
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Publication information: Book title: Handbook of Domestic Violence Intervention Strategies:Policies, Programs, and Legal Remedies. Contributors: Albert R. Roberts - Editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 298.
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