SECTION XIII: DISSOCIATION Therapist’s Overview
DESCRIBE THE TRAUMA
GOALS OF THE EXERCISE 1. 2. 3.
Break down the repression and avoidance of pain. Document details of the traumatic event. Describe the emotions triggered by the event.
ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS FOR WHICH THIS EXERCISE MAY BE MOST USEFUL • • • • •
Antisocial Behavior Borderline Personality Childhood Trauma Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Sexual Abuse
SUGGESTIONS FOR PROCESSING THIS EXERCISE WITH THE CLIENT This assignment must be given to the client only when you are confident that the client has the strength to face his / her demons from the past. You may want to complete this exercise within the session rather than asking the client to fill this out at home between sessions. The data gathered must be processed carefully and often must be processed repeatedly to remove the emotional sting.