Phase 3: Reconnection in Trauma Work
In this chapter, an overview of each of the reconnection tasks is given, which includes the goals associated with the client’s enhanced application of previously developed skills, reflection on the existential changes and growth that naturally coincides with trauma recovery, and the termination process. Cautions and considerations for clinicians as they help facilitate this final stage of treatment are also discussed. While trauma often dominates a client’s thoughts and feelings about what has happened in the past, the therapeutic work of phase 3 sets its sights away from the past and onto the client’s transition into a positive and hopeful future. Case examples are presented to illustrate the concepts, and the chapter concludes with a keyword assessment, list of experiential activities, and supervisory discussion topics.