Skip to main content
Knowledge Exchange Portico Network
Centre for Addiction and Mental HealthKnowledge Exchange
Go Search

First stage trauma treatment: A guide for mental health professionals working with women 

(© 2003, CAMH)

Many women seek treatment for depression, chronic anxiety, substance use problems, self-harming behaviour, suicidal thoughts and feelings of self-hate and emptiness. These problems are often responses to complex post-traumatic stress, associated with chronic abuse and neglect in childhood. Many mental health professionals do not have the practical tools to provide the trauma treatment that these women need.

First stage trauma treatment gives therapists key information and strategies to help women clients develop fundamental skills to manage these responses. With this foundation, women can move to other stages of treatment that involve exploring the traumatic events in more depth and working on other issues in their lives.

Excerpts from First stage trauma treatment available online:

About the Author

Dr. Lori Haskell is a clinical psychologist in private practice, whose work has been dedicated to working on issues of violence against women and children. She has worked for the last 15 years with women who were sexual abuse survivors. She has conducted research on the prevalence of sexual violence in women’s lives and on such topics as anti-violence education and intimate femicide. Dr. Haskell is an Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.



This is a much-needed “how to” manual providing a conceptual framework and useful techniques for therapists working with traumatized clients. An exciting contribution to the field of trauma!
- Joan Hurley, Director Jewish Family and Child Services Toronto, Canada

First stage trauma treatment provides an excellent foundation of knowledge related to staged trauma treatment as well as extensive coping techniques, including clinical examples for implementation for clients who have experienced trauma. This book should be essential reading for all mental health professionals working with traumatized clients.
- Diane K. Whitney MD, ABPN, BCETS, FRCPC, Site Chief, Regional Mental Health Care London & London Health Sciences Centre; Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario and University of Toronto

Bookmark and Share