Understanding the Experience of Trauma in Childhood: A Socratic Ten Factor Model
Dr. Marta Garrett

Trauma work is considered a cornerstone of mental health counseling accounting for a significant portion of all counseling services sought today. Increasingly, children of all ages present in counseling with symptoms as a result of a wide variety of traumatic experiences. This article draws from extensive historical research in the areas of trauma and childhood development and proposes aten factor model to help mental health clinicians better conceptualize and understand how child clients internalize traumatic experiences. This model discusses common clinical symptoms and complaints within a quasi-Socratic framework for questioning how differences in these experiences may impact the child’s or the care giver’s response to the child’s trauma to assist in selecting appropriate therapeutic responses to strengthen the child’s probability for successfully addressing healing issues in therapy.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jehd.v4n3a2