In ARQ Centrum’45 people are treated who suffer from complex psychotrauma complaints that are the result of persecution, war and violence (including violence encountered at work by, for example, police officers, care workers, public transport personnel; violence inflicted during riots, kidnappings and attacks).
Family members are also involved in the treatment. After all, they too experience – to a greater or lesser degree – the consequences of the psychotrauma complaints. Sometimes they also receive treatment.
People presenting themselves for treatment usually suffer from a combination of depressive complaints, anxiety complaints, sleeping problems, difficulties dealing with anger, relationship problems, symptoms of addiction or physical complaints. Typically, there are also problems at work, in the family and/or in the social environment. A connection is presumed to exist between the complaints and the shocking experiences lived through.
The best-known disorder to occur in the wake of an overwhelming event is the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A PTSD can develop after someone has been through overwhelming traumatic events.
Upon your registration (see registration and information office) your complaints and case history are first of all examined. An assessment is then made as to whether or not we can be of help, and if so, in what ways.
These latter are assessed after the diagnostics phase. Diagnostics is carried out in either the outpatient clinic (intake interviews) or in the day clinic (stocktaking phase day clinic) or in the clinic (diagnostics department). Often, questionnaires need to be filled in, so as to take stock of the complaints and problems and, subsequently, to assess the effect the treatment has had (ROM: Routine Outcome Monitoring).
We are not always able to help. If so, we will refer you back to your referrer and/or advise you as to where you might receive more pertinent treatment.
When we admit a patient for treatment, we always look at what ARQ Centrum’45 as a specialist treatment institute will be able to treat, and what can subsequently be done in your own area / with your own referrer. As a rule, then, treatment at ARQ Centrum’45 will account for only a limited part of the entire treatment trajectory.
Treatments at ARQ Centrum’45 may be individual (talks with a therapist in the outpatient clinic) but also in groups as, for instance, in the day clinic.
When treatment is primarily given in groups, we tend to combine group therapy and individual treatment. Such groups are usually formed according to the background of the participants, in order to enhance mutual understanding as much as possible.
We currently distinguish these patient groups:
- Veterans and military personnel;
- Uniformed professionals, such as police officers, firefighters and ambulance personnel;
- Survivors World War Two
- Older adults with traumatic experiences;
- Post-war generation;
- Adult refugees;
- Children, young people and families;
- Other survivors of violence suffering from complex psychotrauma complaints;
- Survivors of sexual violence, within the RC Church [pdf-253kB] or within institutions, but also within families or in a different context.
More information is to be found in the brochure 'You are not alone in this'.