WHY IS IT SO HARD TO MOVE ON? The impact of trauma on transition aged youth “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong in broken places.” -Ernest Hemingway. Allison Elias, L.C.S.W., Thresholds, Chicago, IL Cindy Berry, Psy.D ., University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL .
WHY IS IT SO HARD TO MOVE ON?The impact of trauma on transition aged youth“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong in broken places.”-Ernest Hemingway
Allison Elias, L.C.S.W., Thresholds, Chicago, IL
Cindy Berry, Psy.D., University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL
“Complex trauma” describes the
experience of multiple, chronic and
prolonged, developmentally adverse
traumatic events, most often of an
interpersonal nature (eg. sexual or
physical abuse, war, community
violence) and early life onset.
–Bessel A. van derKolk
Research has shown that trauma in childhood is correlated with:
*depression *suicide attempts
*alcoholism *drug abuse
*sexual promiscuity *domestic violence
*cigarette smoking *obesity
*sexually transmitted disease [Felitti, Nordenberg et al., 1998]
[van der Kolk, 2003]
[From Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 2003]
“Independence is not linked to the physical or intellectual capacity to care for oneself without assistance; independence is created by having assistance when and how one requires it”
Look at the feelings under the words!!!!
Creating a Smooth Transition for Traumatized Youth
Validate stress & anxiety about transitioning
Identify potential fears
Generate discussion around peer’s transitions- successful & unsuccessful
Help them grieve loss of childhood
BE REPETITIVE! *The ‘Dora’ method
BE CREATIVE & DON’T GIVE UP!
Role model healthy termination
Combat ‘the burning of the bridge’
My wounds will heal
And my pain will no longer be numb.
It will disappear.
The smile that I wear upon my face
will be real.
My locked up dreams
cut themselves free
from helplessness and disappointment.