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NCJ Number: 166283 Find in a Library
Title: Structured Processing of Trauma (From Treating Abused Adolescents, P 120-154, 1996, Eliana Gil -- See NCJ-166278)
Author(s): E Gil
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 35
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Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter presents the steps in the structured processing of trauma experienced by abused adolescents.
Abstract: Processing trauma involves acknowledging the facts of abuse and their impact; experiencing and releasing some of the feelings associated with the trauma that may have been left unexpressed; exploring a range of feelings toward victimizers and nonprotective parents, siblings, or caretakers; and making cognitive reassessments of the abuse. If these avenues are explored, the traumatic event is faced and activated and can no longer remain "frozen in time." Various beliefs and feelings associated with the psychological and behavioral status quo must be addressed precisely in a safe and structured environment. This type of work is done in individual therapy rather than in groups; it is also begun only after a strong therapeutic relationship has been established and the client has a well-defined sense of self, a repertoire of coping strategies, and an internal and external support system. The goals of trauma processing are the integration and reinterpretation of the event and resolution and closure regarding past events, so that the present and the future feel more in the individual's control. Ways of assessing for traumatic impact are suggested, and a case illustration of the structured processing of trauma is provided.
Main Term(s): Juvenile treatment methods
Index Term(s): Adolescent abuse; Juvenile counseling; Psychological victimization effects
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