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The Center for Traumatic Stress Research at the University of Kentucky is a multi-service trauma center dedicated to providing specialized counseling services to trauma survivors. Directed by Dr. Pam Remer, the Center also provides professional education and training programs for mental health professionals.

The Center is staffed by Master's and Doctoral level counselors who are trained and experienced in working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Center staff recently completed a research study to test the efficacy of Cognitive Processing Therapy: Sexual Abuse (CPT-SA)

PTSD is a potentially disabling condition that can develop following exposure to all kinds of traumatic events. Symptoms of PTSD are grouped into three clusters:

  • Intrusive symptoms including nightmares, distressing memories, and flashbacks.
  • Avoidance symptoms consisting of active avoidance of anything which may remind a person a the traumatic event(s).
  • Physiological arousal symptoms including exaggerated startle responses, irritability, and sleep disturbances.
The Center for Traumatic Stress Research offers short-term therapy that has proven to be effective in reducing all of the symptoms of PTSD, including distressing memories of the event. The Center staff can provide therapy for survivors of any type of traumatic event including: Some of the specialized services the Center offers include:
  • Short-term psychotherapy for individuals, families, couples, and groups
  • Critical incident stress debriefing in the aftermath of crimes, accidents, and disasters
  • Assessment and evaluation of post-traumatic symptomology for litigation or disability claims
Education and training programs the Center offers include:
  • Training in Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Vicarious traumatization management programs
  • Mini-workshops on trauma related topics
  • Free lectures by prominent trauma researchers for the University and mental health communities

To obtain an appointment or to obtain additional information about the Center for Traumatic Stress Research and the services offered by the Center, please contact Dr. Pam Remer or call 859-257-4159. Both day and evening appointments are available.

Dickey Hall is on Scott Street near the corner of Scott and Upper The Center is located on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. The offices are housed within the College of Education in Dickey Hall, on the corner of South Limestone and Scott Street. Please call for directions.


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Content by Dr. Pam Remer - Updated on March 23, 2005 9:38 by Wm. E. Stilwell

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