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ERIC Number: EJ1038557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Healing Trauma, Building Resilience: SITCAP in Action
Steele, William; Kuban, Caelan
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v22 n4 p18-20 Win 2014
Childhood trauma is marked by an overwhelming sense of terror and powerlessness. Loss of loving relationships is yet another type of trauma that produces the pain of sadness and grief. The resulting symptoms only reflect the neurological, biological, and emotional coping systems mobilized in the struggle to survive. These young people need new strategies for moving beyond past trauma, regulating emotions, and coping with future challenges. This explains the limitation of traditional talk therapy or narrowly cognitive interventions. This article describes TLC's Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents, and Parents (SITCAP) starts with the subjective experience of youth which drives their behavior. SITCAP provides the opportunity to safely revisit and rework past trauma, beginning with sensory memories which youth have experienced and stored. Trauma-related symptoms can be reduced and resilience strengthened to support posttraumatic growth as youth engage in SITCAP (Steele & Kuban, 2013). The process is designed to support safety, emotional regulation, and empowerment. SITCAP's healing value is supported by research and practice history in varied settings with youth who have experienced a wide range of trauma-inducing situations. Young people move from trauma to resilience as they reframe their thinking from the role of victim to survivor.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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