The Ross Institute For Trauma

Program Philosophy And Treatment

  • The Trauma Model recognizes that human personality is composed of different elements or ego states that shape individual thought and behavior. Unresolved trauma and attachment conflicts interrupt this normal psychological structure. As a result, the mind maintains an unhealthy fragmentation of thought, feeling, memory, and perception manifested as extensive comorbidity.
  • The Trauma Program does not utilize regressive treatment modalities such as focusing on the retrieval of repressed memories. The treatment team members work collaboratively utilizing a multidisciplinary focus to ensure an integrated approach emphasizing acute stabilization, improved affect regulation, and increased
    ego strength. While in the program, patients are expected to be responsible for their behaviors and committed to treatment.
  • Referring therapists are an integral part of the treatment team. The Trauma Program works closely with referral sources to ensure continuity of care and to formulate efficient treatment recommendations.

Patient Population

The Ross Institute Trauma Program treats all diagnoses related to unresolved trauma and attachment issues.

Unresolved trauma is often expressed in the following diagnoses:

  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Chemical addictions
  • Eating disorders
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Somatization disorder
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Depression

Programs Available

  • Inpatient
  • Partial Hospitalization
  • 31 groups offered per week, which are provided by Master, Ph.D., and M.D. level clinicians
  • In addition to groups, each patient will be provided with an individual therapist who will see him/her three times per week for inpatient and two times per week for our partial program

Special Therapy Groups

  • Cognitive and Educational Groups
  • Experiential Groups
  • Process Groups

Validity Of Memories

Current research indicates that memory recall is, at best, unreliable. Fortunately, healing does not take place at the level of memories or their retrieval. Rather, healing occurs at the level of processing and integrating feelings, thoughts, and perceptions and re-framing cognitive distortions. Therapeutic neutrality is essential for processing unresolved issues of any kind.

Signs of unresolved trauma and admission criteria:

  • Suicidal ideation
  • Homicidal ideation
  • A pattern of out-of-control and self injurious behaviors
  • Self-destructive addictions
    • Dual diagnosis
    • Eating disorders
    • Self mutilation
    • Sexual addictions

These symptoms are often driven by one or more of the following:

  • Intrusive thoughts, images, feelings, and nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Extensive comorbidity/multiple diagnoses
  • Inability to tolerate feelings and conflicts
  • Staying stuck in the victim, rescuer, or perpetrator role
  • Disorganized attachment patterns
  • Black-and-white thinking and other cognitive distortions
  • Pathological and unresponsive dissociation

Visiting Professionals Program

Visiting professionals will have the opportunity to experience a variety of group therapy interventions including: cognitive therapy, anger management, psychodrama, process groups, trauma education, and art therapy.

Visitors are included in the multi-disciplinary treatment team meetings. For more information regarding the visiting professionals programs, please contact Kristi Lewis at (214) 662-3963 or [email protected]

About The Ross Institute

The Ross Institute was created to provide educational services, research, and quality clinical treatment in the areas of trauma, comorbidity, and addictions.

The program is under the direction of Colin A. Ross, M.D., an internationally renowned clinician, speaker, researcher, and author.

The program is based on Dr. Ross’s “Trauma Model.” This model emphasizes the effects of trauma as multiple
symptoms and addictions expressed by multiple diagnoses.