The aftermath of the Troubles has left a legacy of trauma-related illness. There are now well established therapies and treatments available for conditions such as Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Authoritative sources such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines conclude that there is a clear evidence base for interventions including trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Pharmacological interventions are effective for depression and some anxiety disorders, and play a useful role in the treatment of PTSD. Despite this evidence services for victims and survivors of the Troubles are under-developed and do not always have a clear focus on effective treatments. It is time for change to ensure that victims of the Troubles are treated with the same level of expertise as other citizens with recognised mental and physical health problems. This conference is appropriate for clinical practitioners from all professional backgrounds working with trauma related mental and physical disorders. It will also be of interest to researchers and policy makers in this field.
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