The Applicability of Two Strengths-based Systemic Psychotherapy Models for Young People Following Type 1 Trauma

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Abstract

This paper will consider the inter-relationship of a number of overlapping disciplinary theoretical concepts relevant to a strengths-based orientation, including well-being, salutogenesis, sense of coherence, quality of life and resilience. Psychological trauma will be referenced and the current evidence base for interventions with children and young people outlined and critiqued. The relational impact of trauma on family relationships is emphasised, providing a rationale for systemic psychotherapeutic interventions as part of a holistic approach to managing the effects of trauma. The congruence between second-order systemic psychotherapy models and a strengths-based philosophy is noted, with particular reference to solution-focused brief therapy and narrative therapy, and illustrated; via a description of the process of helping someone move from a victim position to a survivor identity using solution-focused brief therapy, and through a case example applying a narrative therapy approach to a teenage boy who suffered a serious assault. The benefits of a strength-based approach to psychological trauma for the clients and therapists will be summarised and a number of potential pitfalls articulated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-63
Number of pages16
JournalChild Care in Practice
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 06 Feb 2014

Keywords

  • Strengths-based practice; ; Psychological Trauma; Solution-focused Brief Therapy; Narrative Therapy; Young People; Type 1 Trauma
  • Systemic Psychotherapy

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