SocW582_F11_Session5

SocW582_F11_Session5 - Trauma-informed practice part 1:...

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Unformatted text preview: Trauma-informed practice part 1: Understanding complex trauma and child traumatic stress. Alfred G. Prez University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Announcement Next week midterm exam will be distributed Defining Trauma Trauma is the unique individual experience of an event or enduring conditions in which the individual's ability to integrate his/her emotional experience is overwhelmed and the individual experiences (either objectively or subjectively) a threat to his/her life, bodily integrity, or that of a caregiver or family (Saakvitne, K. et al, 2000). Defining Trauma Trauma is an exceptional experience in which powerful and dangerous stimuli overwhelm the child's capacity to regulate emotions. (Early Trauma Treatment Network, ND) Definition of Trauma Caveats By either definition, the perception of or subjective appraisal of danger or trauma varies by age and stage of development. For young children under the age of four, one of the most potent trauma variable can be witnessing the threat to a caregiver (Scheeringa and Zeanah, 2001). NOTE: The definition of trauma does not name types of trauma or traumatic events. What is Complex Trauma? The term complex trauma is also known as Complex PTSD and describes how children's exposure to multiple or prolonged traumatic events impacts their ongoing development. Typically, complex trauma exposure involves the simultaneous or sequential occurrence of child maltreatment and may include psychological maltreatment, neglect, physical and sexual abuse, and Caveats about Complex Trauma Complex trauma is: Chronic Begins in early childhood, and Occurs within the child's primary caregiving system and/or social environment Exposure to initial traumatic experiences, the resulting emotional dysregulation, and the loss of safety, direction, and the ability to detect or respond to danger cues may Types of Traumatic Experiences Sexual Abuse or Assault: Actual or attempted sexual contact, exposure to age-inappropriate sexual material or environments, sexual exploitation, unwanted or coercive sexual contact. Physical Abuse or Assault: Actual or attempted infliction of physical pain with or without use of an object or weapon and including use of severe corporeal punishment. Types of Traumatic Experiences Emotional Abuse/Psychological Maltreatment: Acts of commission against a minor child, other than physical or sexual abuse, that caused or could have caused conduct, cognitive, affective or other mental disturbance, such as verbal abuse, emotional abuse, excessive demands on a child's performance that may lead to negative self-image and disturbed behavior. Acts of omission against a minor Types of Traumatic Experiences Neglect: Failure by the child victim's caretaker(s) to provide needed, age- appropriate care although financially able to do so, or offered financial or other means to do so, including physical neglect, medical neglect, or educational...
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2011 for the course SOCW 582 taught by Professor Alfredperez during the Fall '11 term at Ill. Chicago.

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