Methodological Advances in Studying Traumatic Responses Following Hurricanes
Natural hazards share many defining characteristics that make the study of psychological responses to them exceedingly difficult. The specific site and timing of these events are often unpredictable and seemingly random. As a result, there are several notable gaps in the research on individuals’ psychological and behavioral responses to disasters (Garfin & Silver, 2016).
Treating Guilt and Shame Resulting from Trauma and Moral Injury
Research over the past decade has shown posttraumatic guilt (negative affect and cognitions regarding one’s behavior—i.e., “I did something bad”) and shame (negative affect and cognitions regarding the entire self—i.e., “I am bad”) are highly prevalent among trauma survivors, and they play a role in the severity of posttraumatic mental health problems.
Treatment Considerations When Working with Survivors of Human Sex Trafficking
Human sex trafficking is a significant global public health issue and a violation of human rights. Sex trafficking is defined as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act… in which a commercial sex act is induced by forced, fraud, or coercion” (Trafficking violence Protection Act, 2000). Research suggests victims of human sex trafficking span all cultures, races, ages, genders and socioeconomic brackets (Shandro, Chisolm-Straker, & Duber, 2016).