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ERIC Number: EJ1032546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Curiosity-Driven Interventions Following Crisis
Kuban, Caelan
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v22 n3 p42-44 Fall 2013
The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Chil­dren's (TLC) 24-year history of working with children and families has provided the experience necessary to make recommendations about how to best respond and intervene with survivors of violent as well as non-violent incidents. Professionals working with youth must appreciate that there is not one intervention that fits every situation and that any intervention used inappropriately can and has put many survivors at greater risk for mental health challenges (Steele, 2013). Knowing this, intervent­ions following crisis, such as school shootings, must be trauma-informed, safe, and supportive. TLC has learned that what matters most for children, their families, and the communities impacted by tragic and traumatic incidents is that helping professionals are able to hear their voices and see what they see when they look at themselves, the helping professional, and the world around them to discover what experiences matter most in the ability to remain resilient and flourish in the face of their terrifying pain. This article outlines the use of trauma-specific questioning unique to TLC's SITCAP model programs. TLC's trauma-specific questions are designed to address what TLC has identified as the most common subjective experiences of trauma: terror, worry, hurt, anger, revenge, accountability, feeling unsafe and powerless, and engaging in victim thinking. They are designed to help children explore the details of their experiences, discover how to best externalize their experiences in meaningful ways, and arrive at a new view of themselves and others that reflects the self as a resilient survivor. An outline of trauma-specific questions about one of the most prominent trauma themes of "hurt" is provided, as well as contact information for TLC training programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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