EMDR therapy in the treatment of a Hillsborough survivor with post-traumatic stress disorder
On 26 April 2017, the Hillsborough Inquiry concluded that 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed and that police and emergency services were negligent. The Hillsborough Disaster on 15 April 1989, remains the most serious tragedy to date in UK sporting history. Its legacy is that thousands of survivors experienced physical injury and/or long-term psychological trauma and harm. Many survivors encounter Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”), a significant mental health issue that has a pervasive impact in levels of functioning and generates high levels of distress. This paper will explore the key features of PTSD, it’s neurobiological underpinnings and consider safe, effective, efficient and empirically validated psychological treatment interventions. One evidence-based treatment intervention, EMDR Therapy, will be outlined demonstrating the core elements of the psychotherapeutic approach, mechanisms of action and its subsequent application with a Hillsborough survivor who sought psychological treatment for the first time, 26 years after the disaster. Furthermore, the paper will provide a context as to why personal injury lawyers need to be conversant with psychological trauma, PTSD, core symptoms, maintenance factors and possible treatment interventions.
Original Work Citation
Farrell, D. (2018) EMDR therapy in the treatment of a Hillsborough survivor with post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Personal Injury Law, 2(2), 146-158
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