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104: Restoring the Shattered Self: Practical Guidelines for Processing Traumatic Memories


Heather Davediuk Gingrich, Ph.D.







One of the key challenges for psychologists and licensed mental health professionals in trauma processing is adequately pacing the work to allow for maximum client functioning, minimizing the risk of suicidality, avoiding hospitalizations, and reducing the risk of premature termination of therapy. Knowledge of, and ability to implement, grounding techniques within the session are vital to a client’s ability to stay in touch with the here-and-now rather than getting lost in the traumatic memory. Keeping the client within the Affective Window of Tolerance is essential to successfully processing a particular traumatic event, as is integrating behavioral, affective, somatic, and cognitive components of the traumatic memory. Another challenge is preventing vicarious traumatization in clinicians. In addition, the following will be discussed: How trauma processing fits within a three-phased treatment model (i.e., safety and symptom stabilization, trauma processing, and consolidation and resolution), assessing readiness for processing of traumatic memories, containing symptoms and trauma content between sessions, integrating memories into a sense of self and identity, and the difficulties of working with spirituality in this population.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:

  1. Distinguish among three phases of trauma treatment
  2. Illustrate the appropriate pace of trauma processing by a psychologist or licensed mental health professional
  3. Formulate ways to implement grounding techniques within session


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