The Trauma Informed Skill At Hamilton Center

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Trauma Informed Mastery The Trauma Informed Mastery activities were helpful throughout the semester working with my clients at Hamilton Center. I utilized the activities that my supervisor and I discussed were most beneficial towards the client population I was counseling at the time. Many of my clients suffer from PTSD, Substance Use disorders, or other mood disorders. The majority of my clients are also middle aged men who politely refused any yoga activities. One client heard the choice, looked around my small office and shook his head grinning. Client #1 My first client presented with PTSD from childhood that had led him down a troubled path causing him great stress and anxiety. The client discussed how he was involved in legal…show more content…
In the prior session, the client detailed his family relationships, legal issues, and discussed how his father played a “role” in his life. The activity was selected as a way to get the client to think about someone important in his life and then later process the information. The client was to listen to my prompt and imagine opening an envelope with a letter inside. He would open the envelope, read the letter and visualize the letter for a few moments. After reading the letter he was instructed to explain who the letter was from and what the letter said. I originally planned this activity thinking that the client would visualize his father writing him a letter but, I was mistaken. When I processed the activity, the client discussed how his mother wrote the letter and told him to “behave and stay out of trouble.” His mother has been a guiding force for the client throughout his life and the client felt guilty that she was suffering with cancer while he was locked up for many years. The client, to this day, cannot visit her until his charges are settled or dropped. Utilizing this activity was a quick and easy way to assess where the client’s thought process was during our session. I was able to gather more data about his family life and later connect it to his PTSD diagnosis. I consider this activity a success because I was able to obtain more and better data about the client’s life and his current thoughts and emotions regarding his
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