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Occupational Therapy Treatment of Trauma

Trauma challenges a person’s belief in:

  1. Safety
  2. Attachment
  3. Trust / Betrayal
  4. Lifestyle
  5. Sense of belonging
  6. Ego states

Prerequisites to attain maximal functional independence

  1. Good support systems such as  Social Groups and  Family Groups
  2. Understanding of  PTSD symptoms
  3. Stress management
  4. Build self confidence / esteem
  5. Staying away from drug and alcohol
  6. Lifestyle routine – work /recreation

Ethical considerations -treating clients with PTSD

  1. Confidentiality
  2. Destigmatisation
  3. Normalisation of symptoms- [Normal reaction to an abnormal event]
  4. Containment
  5. Safety

Past ATU Service provision

Training of professionals, community leaders to use action methods to address PTSD

Ongoing groups with:

  1. Disabled – quadriplegics and paraplegics
  2. Elders
  3. Street children
  4. Children removed form homes due to abuse
  5. Compassion fatigue in Health Providers
  6. Youth at risk

 

Healing Trauma Survivors through Action Methods.
Service provision in the community.

A copy of the article in Focus by Vivyan Alers and Jacinda de Freitas can be downloaded here

 

THE EFFECTS OF CREATIVE THERAPIES ON CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED

The full paper by Anne Bannister can be downloaded here.

 

Hypothetical Model

The model by B. van der Kolk (1994) and M. Wylie (2002) can be downloaded here.

 

Training for Trauma Therapists

Dancing within the circle of scarves
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  1. Psychiatric disorder that can occur after the experiencing or witnessing of life-threatening events.
  2. People relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, insomnia, detachment, impairment of daily life.
  3. Complicated with other related disorders involving depression, substance abuse, memory and cognition problems and physical and mental health problems.

Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  1. Clear biological changes, psychological symptoms
  2. Associated with the impairment of functioning in social and family life, occupational instability, marital problems, divorce, family discord, difficulty in parenting

Ethical considerations -treating clients with PTSD

  1. Confidentiality
  2. Destigmatisation
  3. Normalisation of symptoms- [Normal reaction to an abnormal event]
  4. Containment
  5. Safety

Past ATU Service provision

Training of professionals, community leaders to use action methods to address PTSD

Ongoing groups with:

  1. Disabled – quadriplegics and paraplegics
  2. Elders
  3. Street children
  4. Children removed form homes due to abuse
  5. Compassion fatigue in Health Providers
  6. Youth at risk

 

 

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