Child And Youth Counsellors ( Cyc ) Support Youth

2447 Words Feb 7th, 2015 10 Pages
Child and Youth Counsellors(CYC) support youth who may be dealing with social, emotional, and/or behavioural challenges. These challenges may be due to learning disabilities, family or peer dynamics, mental health concerns, or may be due to an unexpected crisis arising, leading to trauma. The purpose of this paper is to discuss trauma in children and adolescent, the focus being on bereavement, children who have experienced the death of a parent or close loved one.
Trauma is when an individual experiences, or is exposed to a significant disturbing event in their life. Although traumatic events are common, and everyone who experiences it will be affected emotionally, not everyone responds in a similar manner. (Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, 2013).
This paper will analyze the different outlooks and issues of bereaved children and adolescents, the most evidence based, clinical approaches and interventions in supporting these youth, the relevance of CYC care, along with looking at the limitations when dealing with bereaved individuals.
Background
There have been two bereavement-related disorders proposed within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition (DSM-V), these disorders being Adjustment Disorder related to Bereavement and Bereavement-Related Disorder. The diagnostic criteria for these disorders focuses on the difference between positive adjustment and maladjustment and the time frame for the distress that the individual may…
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