Counseling Adolescents Through Loss, Grief, and Trauma by Pamela A. Malone

By Pamela A. Malone

Loss, grief, and trauma come into the lives of young people in lots of varieties and with extra frequency than the adults of their lives may possibly observe. Assessing the intensity and nature in their feelings will be tough; children are usually reluctant to teach powerful feelings and will be tricky to arrive, rather after they adventure the premature loss of life of a family member. How top to paintings with a youngster who can have difficulty speaking their feelings even less than the simplest of situations? And what if she or he has discovered in regards to the dying of a friend or classmate from one other peer instead of a friend? What approximately gender ameliorations and the effect of tradition and relations? What position do mobile phones, textual content messaging, and applied sciences akin to fb play within the adolescent grief event? youth’ use of expertise creates limitless entry to acquaintances, help platforms, and knowledge, yet information that spreads quick with no buffering results can accentuate the power of the adolescent grief responses. Counseling teens via Loss, Grief, and Trauma not just examines those matters; it additionally offers clinicians with a wealth of assets and time-tested healing actions which are absolute to develop into an critical a part of any clinician’s practice.

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It is interesting to note how adolescents fill this alone time. As described by 15 year-old Martin, who witnessed fellow band members involved in a fatal car accident, “After that I just sat in my room and just watched TV but I didn’t really pay attention to what was on. I just sat there. I was thinking in my head like a movie, like it all happened and why. I just wanted to know why. And I like to be alone for this. Now, I watch TV or write in my journal. I like to write how I feel. ” Reading books was the way one adolescent boy spent all of his time alone.

I try not to think about it. 4 captures what Carissa and other adolescents indicate about their emotional responses to loss, grief, and trauma. Cognitive Loss, Grief, and Trauma Responses Typically, adolescents have not developed the social or emotional maturity to fully incorporate and process bereavement into a coherent worldview (Rowling, 2002). This explains why many adolescents garner thoughts about the unfairness of loss, grief, and trauma experiences. With little life experience, they may perceive this as being the worst thing 26 NATURE OF ADOLESCENT LOSS, GRIEF, TRAUMA that ever happened to them.

I just sat there. I was thinking in my head like a movie, like it all happened and why. I just wanted to know why. And I like to be alone for this. Now, I watch TV or write in my journal. I like to write how I feel. ” Reading books was the way one adolescent boy spent all of his time alone. As expressed by 16 year-old Jason, whose twin sister died in a scuba diving accident, “I read. I create my own world. 3 Social Loss, Grief, and Trauma Response Themes Who supports me Helpful and heartless friends I need time alone Parents Older siblings Friends No one Self Blaming Joking Heartless Supportive Cry together Hold one another Listen to meaningful music Read to “create own world” Escape into computer Want to be alone in room Write/journal about feelings to read.

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