The term 'research tracks' is a logical continuation of the course that Centrum ’45 as a partner in Arq has embarked on: to combine knowledge and experience derived from various focal areas of psychotrauma in order to bring about innovation in the field of psychotrauma
Up-to-date knowledge needs to be brought, foremost, to increased work on prevention in order to equip people better for any shocking events they might be confronted with (empowerment).
Unique to the areas of development, research, knowledge transfer and innovation are brought together within one single concept and are, moreover, made to connect directly to treatment practices. The concept of development areas ties in perfectly with the criteria of the TOP Mental Healthcare Foundation.
Research tracks start from a matrix structure within the organisation of Centrum ’45. Clearly defined themes are placed right across the existing organisation. At the moment, there are five areas of development in Foundation Centrum ’45: screening and diagnostics, evidence-based treatment techniques, complex trauma, trauma and culture, and child/family and trauma.
Each area of development is managed by a development area coordinator. This coordinator assembles a group of employees consisting of therapists, researchers and policy officers who have expertise on the theme of the development area.
Scientific research plays a crucial part within these areas of development as this will have to underpin whatever is to be the state-of-the-art within the theme concerned. The scientific research will primarily need to answer the questions raised in actual practice and will thus need to support practical improvements and innovations.
Using the brainpower applied to the several development areas, treatment units should be able to find answers to their own questions and solve their own problems. Conversely, an area of development could develop a new state-of –the-art that is subsequently adopted in practical treatment.
Ways of defining standards for specific psychotrauma treatments, establishing indication criteria for specialist treatment, identifying accompanying measuring instruments, defining the required techniques to carry out these standard treatments and designing the training programmes to gain sufficient expertise: all these are potential outcomes of the development areas.
The areas of development as identified in Centrum '45 are part of the whole set of development areas of Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group. Moreover, in addition to the five development areas of Centrum '45, areas of development are being designed by Arq in the field of prevention, resilience and immediate after-care in the wake of shocking events.