Our Research: Inspiring Change

We can do better when we know more

Promoting mental health through research is a key part of our mandate, not only creating access to mental health services, but also providing better care for all. Our work seeks to advance education by conducting research in our fields of programming, and sharing the results in public and professional forums.

The Trauma Practice Research Project (TPRP)

Trauma Practice Research Project aims to investigate a new phase-based trauma treatment model and explore its implementation with an adult population in private practice settings across Canada. TPRP will be our first planned research project. The principals for this project are York University professor and Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Robert Muller (Ph.D., C.Psych.) and Founder of Trauma Practice for Healthy Communities, Dr. Anna Baranowsky.

Our goal is to make critical improvement in therapy by collecting information about clients’ thoughts feelings and experiences, before during and after they take part in the Trauma Practice Project.

The therapy model was developed by Dr. Anna Baranowsky and Dr. Eric Gentry for use with individuals suffering from PTSD. The method is theoretically based on Judith Herman’s Tri-Phasic therapy model and incorporates a cognitive-behavioral intervention approach.

The three phases are:

-Stabilization and Safety
-Working Through Trauma
-Reconnection

The Trauma Practice Method

Phase I: Stabilization and Safety. The first phase of this model aims to help the trauma client gain control over environmental triggers and teach the self-soothing and self-care skills that are necessary for emotional and behavioral stability. The therapist endeavors to lead the client through this phase with the end goal of establishing a sense of safety and stability so that they may go on to Phase II.

Phase II: Working Through Trauma. Phase II introduces work with trauma memories and continues to develop coping strategies for triggers and memories. The goal of this phase is to process the client’s trauma history and trauma memories. The therapist’s primary role in Phase II is to bear witness to the client’s trauma experiences so that they can make sense of, process, and resolve these memories in a safe place.

Phase III: Reconnection. The final phase of Trauma Practice helps the trauma client gain closure and reconnect the client with the rest of the world, activities they may enjoy or have enjoyed, and re engage in important meaningful relationships.

Study Method

The study consists of 5 different components that include a series of questionnaires regarding the perceptions, thoughts, feelings and experiences of the clients as they go through the Tri-Phasic process and after therapy has ended. Measures in each 45-60 minute survey will include exploration of trauma specific symptoms, general mental health symptoms, emotional regulation, therapist-client relationships, self-esteem and self-concept, occupational and social adjustment, and post traumatic growth.

The Trauma Practice Research Program (TPRP) will be ongoing, with results reviewed annually and shared in our publications.

If you are interested in Interning with Trauma Practice and its research, please contact us

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