chapter  7
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Coping with Trauma

Therapists ask the group to brainstorm a list of feelings until the following words (or synonyms) have been mentioned: mad, sad, confused, uncomfortable, embarrassed, scared, powerless, helpless, frustrated, left out, disappointed, and lonely. Therapists help children identify complex feelings (e.g., powerlessness and helplessness) by describing situations that might provoke these feelings

(e.g., "How might a boy feel if a person twice his size picked on him every day and no one would make him stop?")- As the feeling words are stated, therapists print each word in large letters on a separate sheet of paper and spread the pages on the floor or a large table. Children take turns using the feeling words to explore their reaction to some stressful event. Several sessions may be required to give each member an opportunity to complete this activity.