Judith Herman's Model of Trauma Therapy
In this paper, the presence of storytelling and lack thereof in traumatic shock treatment from WWI onward will be observed. Lewis Yealland was a Canadian doctor working in England during the first World War. He is well known for his work with shellshock patients.
Obviously this is an individual matter; many may find it beneficial to tell and retell their experiences of trauma where others may find that destructive to their well being.Trauma recovery is best to be looked upon as a process that is worked on over time and in intentional stages. The re-establishing of safety is the first and most central step in recovery separate and apart from whether the details of the trauma are ever spoken of or not.
Many benevolent and well‐intentioned attempts to assist the survivor founder because this fundamental principle of empowerment is not observed. No intervention that takes power away from the survivor can possibly foster her recovery, no matter how much it appears to be in her immediate best interest (McCann L & Pearlman L., 1990). Caregivers schooled in a medical model of treatment often have difficulty grasping this fundamental principle and putting it into practice. With trauma survivors, the therapeutic alliance cannot be taken for granted but must be painstakingly built.
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