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Non-Pathologizing Approaches to Trauma Intervention

A Special Issue of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

Special Issue Guest Editors: Pamela Birrell, PhD, Kristen Reinhardt, MS, & Marina Rosenthal, MS

Email for Guest Editors:
 jtdnonpathologizing@gmail.com

 

When psychological treatment knowingly or unknowingly medicalizes human experience and/or human distress, does that pathologizing cause harm?  What are the costs and benefits of pathologizing human experience and/or psychological distress?  Do some forms of trauma intervention necessarily or inherently pathologize mental distress?  Or can any intervention be delivered in a non-pathologizing way?  What are the core features of non-pathologizing approaches to trauma?  This issue of the JTD will explore the ways in which pathologizing and non-pathologizing features of trauma intervention have the potential to help and to harm. We are seeking articles on topics such as (but not limited to) the following: the failure of treatment to place mental illness in a societal context (including identities of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, and religion); implicit and explicit blaming the victims of sexual violence in the course of treatment; the over-medicalization of normative psychological experiences, empirical studies of non-traditional psychological treatments for trauma, and empirical studies of traditional psychological interventions for trauma that are delivered in a non-pathologizing manner. Papers that offer alternatives to the medical model are encouraged. Both empirical and theoretical work will be considered.  Submissions will be peer-reviewed.

Manuscripts should be 1500-5500 words. Submissions should include at least one paragraph regarding how the treatment approach or theory connects with a non-pathologizing framework for trauma intervention.  For more instructions, see Submission Instructions for Authors.

Inquiries and submissions should be sent to the special issue editors at jtdnonpathologizing@gmail.com

Deadline:
Submit papers for the special issue, along with the Author Assurance Form & Submission Checklist, to jtdnonpathologizing@gmail.com by December 1, 2014.

Receipt of papers will be acknowledged by email.

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