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Serving families who have served: Providing family therapy and support in interdisciplinary polytrauma rehabilitation. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64(8), 993-1003

Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55417, USA.
Journal of Clinical Psychology (Impact Factor: 2.12). 08/2008; 64(8):993-1003. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20515
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ABSTRACT Severe polytraumatic injuries sustained in combat operations require intensive rehabilitation and often result in complex, long-term disabilities. Understandably, these significant injuries have a substantial emotional impact on families. In this article, the authors discuss the importance of a family-centered care philosophy, the interdisciplinary team approach, the therapeutic milieu, and two family-systems treatments (medical family therapy and ambiguous loss theory). A case example illustrates the key processes of psychological support and therapy when treating polytrauma patients and their families.

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