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ERIC Number: EJ820712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
The FACE YOUR FEAR Club: Therapeutic Group Work with Young Children as a Response to Community Trauma in Northern Ireland
Stewart, David; Thomson, Kirsten
Child Care in Practice, v11 n2 p191-209 Apr 2005
This paper outlines therapeutic group work with young children in response to acute community trauma in Northern Ireland. The children in question were the focus of a highly publicised dispute concerning access to their school. The work was carried out by NOVA, a Barnardo's trauma support service. Part one outlines the theoretical framework. It highlights the relevance of the concept of "continuous traumatic stress" in this context and its challenge to individualistic trauma accounts. Developmental considerations in trauma are outlined too, and the role of protective factors is discussed. Consideration is also given to the socio-political context. Part two summarises group preparation, process and perceived benefits. Process observations are made with reference to three key outcome themes: (1) reducing fear; (2) increasing control; and (3) restoring connections. Perceptions of group benefit from pre-questionnaires and post-questionnaires are then outlined with reference to implications for achieving these outcomes. Questionnaire responses highlighted four tasks and processes for effective practice in this context: (1) communication; (2) emotional support; (3) management strategies; and (4) meaning-making. Further, active partnerships with the whole support matrix--parents, teachers and community--are highlighted throughout as central to good outcome. (Contains 3 notes and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)