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Factors Affecting the Healing and the Effects Achieved by Patients Group Therapy After Traumas Experienced in Childhood

Sunday, March 25
4:10 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Logan

The aim of this qualitative clinical trial was to examine the factors determining improvement in group psychotherapy for adults traumatized in childhood. Selection criteria included: voluntarily seeking help; wanting to improve their lives; history of having experienced parental childhood abuse; lack of mental illness; and having completed at least a secondary education. Participants completed the self-report "Violence Survey" and a structured qualitative "Intimate Situations" questionnaire, to obtain information about the trauma experienced, its duration and the characteristics of the perpetrators. A structured interview was conducted about the process of psychotherapy in order to define goals, factors affecting recovery and therapeutic changes. Qualitative methods were used for analysis. Sixty-six women and 29 men (average age: 31.7 years) participated in an 8-month group psychotherapy for adults traumatized in childhood with emotional (100%), physical (84%), or sexual (65%) trauma or substance abuse of mother (28%) or father (61%). The goals, factors facilitating the healing process, as well as the qualitative results will be presented. When therapists understand the healing factors, they can tailor the group objectives, principles, methods and stages to establish a more effective recovery process.

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Agnieszka Widera Wysoczanska

Assistant Professor
University of Wroclaw, Institute of Psychology, Clinical Department
Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie

Agnieszka Widera - Wysoczanska, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at the University of Wroclaw (since 1987). Also in the Department of Clinical Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at the University of Zielona Gora (2014-2015), in Social Psychology Uniwersity (2008-2014) and trainer at the Institute of Trauma Psychotherapy, Development and Training (since 1987). She teaches students in the field of Psychotraumatology. She prepared her doctorate in psychology at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada in 1994.
On the basis of scientific and practice has published dozens of articles and five books. Her publications relate to issues of death; types of interpersonal trauma; mechanisms for transferring risks factors from generation to generation in a family with sexual violence; ties of parents with children and the dysfunctional relationship partners; psychosomatic symptoms after suffered trauma occurring at different times of life; psychotherapy for people suffered trauma in childhood and on the forensic investigation of victims and perpetrators of sexual violence. Book publications: (2016). Trauma treatment. Factors contributing to Efficiency. Cambridge Scholar Pub. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholar Pub (s. 258); (2011). Interpersonalna trauma. Mechanizmy i konsekwencje. Warszawa: Difin (s. 480); (2010). Interpersonal trauma and its consequences in adulthood. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholar Pub (s. 279); Mechanizmy Przemocy w rodzinie. Z pokolenia na pokolenie. Warszawa: Difin (s. 210); (2000). Rozmowy o przemijaniu. Psychologiczne badania hermeneutyczne o doświadczeniu człowieka. Wrocław: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego (s. 183).
She Is appointed as a court expert ad hoc to diagnose domestic violence, especially children, parents and perpetrators of sexual violence. She has developed educational programs, and therapeutic for the diagnosis and psychotherapy of children and adult victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, especially sexual violence. Psychotherapy for victims and perpetrators of various forms of interpersonal trauma leads since 1987.

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