The Core Concepts Of The National Child Trauma Stress Network

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Reflection Paper #2 James is a thirteen-year old Caucasian child who is being physically and verbally abused in his home by his two parents. James suffers from multiple disorders that have not been diagnosed by a doctor. He has been removed from his home that he shares with his two younger sisters. James presently is in his Uncle Patrick’s kinship foster care where he is living. James’s case seems that he is suffering from three of the 12 core concepts. Working with children who suffer with more stress related trauma is a more challenging case for the social workers. Sometimes these cases affect the social worker, and they experience vicarious trauma. A social worker works closely with their patients and form a significant relationship…show more content…
At six years old, James was diagnosed with ADHD and was prescribed a stimulant medication for a short few months. There was some concern from his teachers that he also should be assessed for a learning disability. James lived with his mother Karen, father Rick, and two younger sisters. Meanwhile, there was child abuse occurring in the household. The vicious cycle was repeating itself; Karen was abused by her parents, and she allowed the cycle to continue. Taking James’s case into consideration that he suffers from three core concepts, physical violation, living on the edge of not knowing what his father’s mood or action would be from minute to minute, constantly living in the state of fear or the unexpected. Cultural / System Factor James is not doing well in school; he has a poor attitude towards school and exhibits angry outbursts for no known reason. Sometimes he will attend school with bruises on his body; this has been happening since he entered the school system. When a teacher questions James about the bruises, he responds back with no emotions. “In the Traumatic System Therapy treatment has explicitly addresses these two core domains. The social environment (e.g., family, school, peer group, neighborhood) ordinarily has a core function of helping a child to contain emotions and behavior” (Saxe, Ellis and Brown, 2016). These failures have three probable causes: (1) The child has not yet accessed the system of care, (2) The child is falling
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