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On the last track, we discussed the three levels of grieving losses which include: grieving specific losses; grieving the realization of powerlessness; and grieving mortality.
On this track, we will include exercises to help clients gain a feeling of empowerment: Taking Inventory, Refinding Yourself, and Accentuating the Positive. On this track, we will address PTSD related to combat.
Charles had been captured during the Vietnam war and
held in a POW camp. As
was common in these camps, the prisoners were tortured, beaten, and starved. Because
of this inhumane treatment, Charles most clearly suffered from a low sense
Technique #1 - Taking Inventory
Charles answered, “I have learned that what the VC did to me was wrong,
and that they were not right in torturing me. I’ve learned that
I can be caring emotionally. I love my wife, and I can be sensitive towards
her. She dearly loves me, and I love her back which doesn’t make
me an animal. I still struggle with my feelings of anger. I still can’t forgive the VC for what they did, but I suppose I will have to
one of these days. I value my life more after going through those conditions
and I know now that there are people who do evil in the world, and people who
do good. From now on, I’ll focus on those who do good.”
Technique #2 - Refinding Yourself
During this exercise, Charles digressed into a very long and heartfelt story
about his teenage years, “Oh man, what didn’t I
like to do when I was young? I was that smarmy-ass kid down the block
that got everyone else into trouble while still beating the rap myself. We’d
set off firecrackers under the cop’s car and TP every house on the street.
Technique #3 - Accentuating the Positive
Obviously, this exercise is designed to help Charles emphasize his qualities that he values.
On this track, we presented exercises to help clients gain a feeling of empowerment: Taking Inventory, Refinding Yourself, and Accentuating the Positive.
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This CD set has covered such topics as: identifying how trauma affects a specific client, reexperiencing the trauma, adaptation reactions to trauma, depression and PTSD, client’s emotional comprehension, survivor guilt and self-destructive behaviors, three levels of victimization, triggers, coping with triggers, recalling the trauma, emotional recall, unresolved anger, unresolved grief, and empowerment.
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