In addition to patient diagnostics and treatment and providing education and training, another core task of ARQ Centrum’45 is to conduct scientific research in the field of psychotraumatology.
Scientific research takes place continuously, both within and outside of the treatment units. A great deal of the research results in publications in prestigious national and international scientific journals.
Through Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group, ARQ Centrum’45 is connected to a number of professors:
- Prof. R.J. Kleber, Professor, by special appointment, of Psychotraumatology, University of Utrecht, Arq core professor
- Prof. M. Olff, Professor, by special appointment, of Neurobiological mechanisms of prevention and treatment in trauma and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), University of Amsterdam
- Prof. Colonel-physician Eric Vermetten, Professor, by special appointment, of Medico-biological and psychiatric aspects of psychotrauma, LUMC.
- Prof. B.P.R. Gersons, Professor emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Amsterdam, senior adviser to the board of directors of Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group
In order to further substantiate and broaden its research ARQ Centrum’45 regularly runs research projects that are (in part) funded by external subsidizers. The external assessment by the subsidizer will contribute to an even higher level of research.
ARQ Centrum’45 has identified a number of priorities in its scientific research. These are:
- Conceptual analysis of the diagnostics of complex psychotrauma complaints and the concept of complex PTSD;
- Detection of factors that predict which treatment is effective (outcome predictors);
- Research into the efficacy and the most appropriate area of application of evidence-based treatments of (complex) PTSS
- Evaluation and determination of the effectual factors of (new / innovative) treatment programmes;
- Gaining insight into general psychological processes pertinent to coping with traumatic experiences: giving meaning, cognitive processing and family context.
Within these research areas, ARQ Centrum’45 examines what problems entail (screening and diagnostics); it evaluates trauma-related interventions (qualitatively and quantitatively) and studies determinants (risk factors and protective factors).
ARQ Centrum’45 encourages networks of researchers to enable transfer of knowledge in an optimal setting. That is why ARQ Centrum’45 cooperates actively with various other institutions. This cooperation ranges from occasional contacts to exchange knowledge to such formal collaborations as the establishment of an academic chair. Connections are established with other organisations that to a greater or lesser extent count the subject of psychotraumatology among their expertise. These contacts enrich the expert knowledge of the professionals involved and thus optimize the care offered to clients
Besides the collaboration within Arq (Institute for Psychotrauma, Cogis, Foundation Impact and War Trauma Foundation), collaboration is emphatically sought with universities and other organisations working in the field of psychotraumatology (collaborative partners)