The Ross Institute for Trauma

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About The Ross Institute

The Ross Institute for Trauma was created to provide educational services, research and quality clinical treatment in the areas of trauma, addictions and co-occurring disorders.

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 the “Trauma Model” developed by Dr. Ross. This model emphasizes the effects of trauma as multiple symptoms and addictions expressed by multiple diagnoses.

Philosophy And Treatment

I know it hurts and I'm here for youThe Trauma Model recognizes that human personality is composed of different elements that shape individual thought and behavior. Unresolved trauma interrupts this normal psychological structure, resulting in unhealthy fragmentation of thought, feeling, memory and perception.

The Ross Institute for Trauma does not utilize ineffective regressive treatment modalities, such as focusing on the retrieval of repressed memories. Instead, treatment team members work collaboratively utilizing a multidisciplinary focus to ensure an integrated approach emphasizing acute stabilization, improved emotional 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, including:

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

The Ross Institute for Trauma provides inpatient treatment and a continuum of outpatient programs. Over 30 inpatient groups are offered per week by Masters, 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 care.

Special therapy groups include cognitive and educational groups, experimental groups and process groups.

Signs of Unresolved Trauma

This list helps assess whether a person is suitable for The Ross Institute for Trauma at UBH Denton:

  • Suicidal Ideation
  • A pattern of out-of-control and self-injurious behaviors
  • Self-destructive addictions:
    • Dual Diagnosis
    • Eating Disorders
    • Self-Mutilation
    • Sexual Addictions
    • Gambling
  • Flashbacks
  • Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures
  • Intrusive thoughts, images, feelings, nightmares
  • Frequent/multiple treatments in the past year
  • Extensive comorbidity/multiple diagnoses
  • Inability to tolerate feelings or conflicts
  • Intense self-blame and feelings of being unworthy
  • Staying stuck in the victim or perpetrator roles
  • Disorganized attachment patterns, resulting in insecurity
  • Black-and-white thinking and other cognitive distortions
  • Detachment from reality/pathological dissociation

The Ross Institute for Trauma offers special therapy groups for patients with a variety of learning exercises including:

  • Cognitive group therapy with Dr. Ross
  • Trauma Education
  • Life Skills
  • Addiction and Recovery
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Managing Emotions
  • Relapse and Suicide Prevention
  • Art Activities
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Relaxation and Stress Management
  • Anger management
  • Music Therapy
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Journal-Keeping
  • Good Grief
  • Family Roles
  • Yoga
  • HealthRhythms ™

Visiting Professionals Program

The Ross Institute for Trauma at UBH Denton offers a unique experience for professionals giving them the opportunity to experience a variety of group therapy interventions including: cognitive therapy, anger management, psychodrama, process groups, and trauma education on the trauma unit.

If you or someone you know needs help, contact us to schedule an assessment at 940-320-8100. In the case of a medical emergency or crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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