Royal Edinburgh Hospital
Telephone: 0131 537 6806
What is the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress?
The Rivers Centre is part of the National Health Service and is Scotland's leading provider of adult traumatic stress services. The Centre specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma-related problems, and offers a range of services from individual therapeutic interventions to advice and consultancy at an organizational level.
Founded in 1997, the Centre is an out-patient service based in a large Victorian villa in Morningside, on the south side of Edinburgh.
Who was WHR Rivers?
The Centre takes its name from Dr WHR Rivers, FRS (1864-1922) who was a distinguished psychiatrist and social anthropologist. During the years of the First World War he held the rank of Captain in the RAMC. He treated soldiers at Craiglockhart War Hospital in 1917, amongst whom were Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) and Wilfred Owen (1893-1918). The methods employed by Captain Rivers are described in 'The Repression of War Experience' (Lancet, 2 Feb. 1918) and in Conflict and Dream (London, Kegan Paul, 1923). Rivers treated what was then known as Shell-Shock - the modern day equivalent being Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Before the start of the war, Rivers was closely involved with Henry Head on nerve regeneration and was the director of the first two psychological laboratories in Britain.
Last Reviewed: 29/10/2012