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Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 74, No. 2, Summer 2003 (
USING TRAUMA THEORY AND S.A.G.E. IN
OUTPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC PRACTICE
Lyndra J. Bills, M.D.
In this paper the author reviews case examples of how a thorough understand-
ing of trauma and recovery combined with a coherent, nonlinear, phased ap-
proach to treatment called S.A.G.E., helps to provide a conceptual framework
that is easily understood by clients and their families and allows the clinician
to organize and measure treatment success, regardless of the complexity of the
KEY WORDS: sanctuary; outpatient; psychiatry; trauma; PTSD.
AND SAGE IN EVERYDAY PSYCHIATRIC
The events of September 11, 2001 have helped clinicians and clients
to see that life-threatening experiences have potentially serious phys-
ical and psychological consequences. This article is meant to help the
practicing mental health or primary care clinician realize the beneﬁt of
understanding trauma theory for every day practice. You do not need to
be a trauma expert in order to use the beneﬁts of trauma theory. Trauma
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Address correspondence to Lyndra J. Bills, M.D., PMB 138, 12 West Willow Grove Ave.,
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