Speaking to highly traumatised children can be among the most challenging tasks for practitioners. Not only is content distressing, but we are painfully aware that inappropriate intervention can make things worse. The National Institute for Trauma and Loss suggests it is professional’s curiosity to understand the individual, family and community experience of the trauma that will best equip them to ‘provide appropriate responses and interventions to help with recovery.’ Their model uses trauma-specific questioning which allows the practitioner to frame the relationship with children as a curious one, remain patient, follow the pace children set, introduce children to new ways to view themselves and their lives and provide opportunities to redefine themselves within the context of this safe and curious relationship. The paper provides questions to help practitioners work sensitively and creatively with children in these difficult circumstances.
Trauma and Loss in Children Reclaiming Children & Youth Fall 2013 volume 22, number 3, p.42-44
If you work with children you may be interested to learn more at our next workshop…..