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Identifying the most effective treatment intervention strategies is a key task of Mental health and Substance Use Disorder professionals.  To accomplish this, we first must identify and understand the unique characteristics associated with the client’s presenting problem. Given the complexity of trauma and its impact on a client’s clinical picture, it can be challenging to select the most appropriate treatment intervention.  Trauma-specific therapies vary in their approaches and objectives. However, all trauma-specific intervention programs generally recognize 1) the survivor’s need to be respected, informed, and connected, and 2) The interrelation between trauma and symptoms of trauma such as substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.

                           Discussion Question

Considering the learning resources for weeks 14 & 15, review the Case of Linda and Mark. What information might you gather in an assessment process to identify the best trauma specific clinical intervention? Would a trauma specific or integrated model be most appropriate? Why?  When might the use of psychotropic medications be appropriate to discuss the client as an addition to the clinical intervention?


Your original post will be at least 400 words long and will have at least one reference to a scholarly source. The best postings will:

  • be accurate and relevant
  • demonstrate original thinking
  • use appropriate scholarly support
  • be well written,
  • contribute substantially to the course discussions, and
  • stimulate additional thought and further discussions about the topic discussed in the unit.


  1. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (2015). Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services (Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 57). Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US) Available from: Behavioral-Health-Services/SMA14-4816    (chs 4-6)
  • Clark, C., Clssen, C.C., Fourt, A., & Shetty, M. (2014). Treating the trauma survivor: An essential guide to trauma-informed care. New York, NY: Routledge  (chs 6-10)
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