chapter  Chapter 1
12 Pages

Orientation to Trauma Work: The Triad of Trauma, Client, and Self

ByLisa Compton, Corie Schoeneberg

This first chapter of the book introduces the triadic concept of trauma work, which includes an emphasis on the nature of trauma, the unique client, and the person of the clinician. An overview of each of these triadic elements is presented, including discussion on the importance of trauma specialization, trauma-informed care, the impact of trauma on the individual, the nature of the therapeutic experience, the clinician’s use of “self” as a therapeutic tool, and parallel process. A summary of the structure of this unique book is also provided, and recommendations for how to best utilize this workbook are outlined.