chapter  Chapter 2
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Trauma: Identification and Conceptualization

ByLisa Compton, Corie Schoeneberg

In this chapter, the authors investigate the first corner of the trauma work triad, trauma, and explore its associated basic principles and concepts. This chapter offers a research-informed perspective of the pervasiveness of trauma, outlines the DSM-5’s criteria for experiences that qualify definitively as “traumatic” in nature, discusses various types and conceptualizations of trauma, highlights the connections between trauma and physical health, and provides a strengths-based perspective for clinicians when working with clients impacted by trauma. Case examples are presented to illustrate the concepts, and the chapter concludes with a keyword assessment, list of experiential activities, and supervisory discussion topics.