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Stage Two of Trauma Recovery: Adaptation

Last week we explored the first stage of trauma recovery, which is Safety and Stabilisation. With this in place, the second stage of Adaptation can begin.

Stage two is often referred to as ‘remembrance and mourning’ because painful memories can often resurface. This provides a great opportunity for these memories to be reviewed and discussed.

The main work of the carer in stage two involves supporting the young person through:

Although the carer needs to be available for all of the above, it is up to the young person how deep they want to go at this point. With support, they may come to any of the following conclusions:

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Our key goal here is to support the young person to accept their past, as this brings great strength and power. This strength and power comes from having faced one’s life head-on, having experienced the worst of the past, and having arrived at a way of being that is free from either running away from painful truths or getting caught up in them. We are supporting the young person to find the resilience to ‘move on’ as a person of greater courage, strength, hope and wisdom.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][mk_custom_list title=”Relevant Info & Courses” icon_color=”#ff9900″]

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You can read about Stage 3 HERE

Next steps – Your  Trauma-Informed Training

Our Trauma-Informed Care Training equips Foster Carers to support their young people through each stage of their recovery journey.

We have created a suite of training for organisations that are developing an agency-wide Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP). TIP offers frameworks that are grounded in an understanding of trauma, whilst seeking to promote healing and the building of resilience.

Our suite of training is therefore mapped against Judith Herman’s 3-stage model of Trauma Recovery:

Stage 1: Safety and Stabilisation

Stage 2: Integration

Stage 3: Reconnection and Adaptation

All of this is covered in our Therapeutic Fostering training program, full details of which can be found HERE, or contact Tori on [email protected] to discuss how it can work for your teams.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]