Although a substantial amount of media and professional attention has been devoted to the incidence of sexual abuse in the population at large, the plight of those who have suffered abuse and are seriously mentally ill has largely been ignored. Adding to the existing literature on trauma, this book exposes the prevalence of physical and emotional abuse among severely mentally ill patients, and includes case studies that reveal its tragic and devastating impact. Offering chapters on theory and assessment of abused women, this book explores services that are available to them, discusses treatment (including inpatient and cognitive-behavioral approaches), and addresses recommendations for the improvement of both policy and research.
Table of Contents
1. Modifications in Service Delivery for Women Diagnosed with Severe Mental Illness Who Are Also Survivors of Sexual Abuse 2. The Interface of Homelessness, Addictions and Mental Illness in the Lives of Trauma Survivors 3. A Cognitive-Behvioural Approach 4. A Social Skills Approach to Trauma Recovery for Women Diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness 5. Inpatient Treatment of Psychiatric Women with Trauma 6. The Victimization of Women with Mental Illness by Treaters: A Historical Perspective 7. A Question of Illness, Injustice, or Both? 8. New Directions for Treatment Research on Sequelae of Sexual Abuse in Persons with Severe Mental Illness 9. Care of Clinicians Doing Trauma Work 10. Sexual Trauma and African Americal Women 11. Spirituality in Trauma Recovery for Dually Diagnosed Male Survivors
Maxine Harris, PhD, is co-founder and co-director of Community Connections, a private, non-profit mental health agency in Washington, D.C. She is the author of numerous articles and the co-editor of two monographs on case management for persons with serious mental illness.
Christine L. Landis, LICSW, is a clinical social worker and supervisor at Community Connections.