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(p. 131) Preventing Retraumatization of Women with Serious Mental Illness 

(p. 131) Preventing Retraumatization of Women with Serious Mental Illness
(p. 131) Preventing Retraumatization of Women with Serious Mental Illness

Lauren Mizock

and Erika Carr

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date: 12 May 2021

This chapter discusses the increased rates of victimization among women with serious mental illness. The concept of retraumatization in mental health services is explained and an overview of the literature in this area is provided. Factors that contribute to retraumatization of women with serious mental illness in psychotherapy are discussed. Feminist frameworks and evidence-based treatments for trauma that are consistent with feminist therapy are explored. Clinical strategies for promoting an atmosphere of trust and safety for trauma survivors are provided. This chapter also includes case narratives, a clinical strategies list, discussion questions, activities, and a clinical worksheet (“Preventing Retraumatization Worksheet”).

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