Our main goal for this workbook is NOT to diagnose a mental illness, or expect the facilitator to make that diagnosis from this book’s content. Our goal is to touch on some of the symptoms and possibilities, create realizations, and provide coping methods which will help people to go forward and perhaps consider the possibility of the need for consideration of medications and therapy.
Our secondary goal is to help teens recognize that other people have the same issues, that no shame is connected to them and that mental health issues of any degree are not to be stigmatized nor should anyone need to feel like a victim of stereotyping. In this workbook, we use the phrase mental health issues in order to include ALL types of trauma symptoms and problems, from just losing one’s temper to indicators of a serious mental illness.
The reproducible awareness modules contained in the Managing Trauma Workbook for Teens will help you identify and select assessments and activities easily and quickly:
Module I: My Story
This module will help teens share all aspects of their story in a safe way and put it into a positive perspective.
Module II: My Escape-ism
This module will help teens explore the various ways that they avoid and numb themselves to forget their traumatic experience, and provide tools for coping with these symptoms.
Module III: My Transition
This module will help teens explore ways that they can effectively manage trauma and move on from their traumatic experience.
Module IV: Tools for Coping
This module will help teens explore the various ways that they re-experience their trauma and provides tools for coping with these symptoms.
Module V: Erasing the Stigma of Mental Health Issues
This module will help teens explore the stigma of having experienced a traumatic event in their lives and the impact that the stigma has on them.