This easy-to-follow manual presents techniques for working with groups of children who have been sexually abused. It begins with an overview of the theory and literature of group therapy with children and then offers seven sections on psycho-social skill building techniques, trust building, self esteem, identifying and expressing feelings, healing the inner child, relationships, boundary setting, and prevention skills.
Chapter 10: Trigger Response Exercises
Trigger Response Exercises
Sexually abused children often experience negative trigger responses. A trigger is any thought, feeling, or bodily sensation activated by a stimulus, causing a temporary loss of current reality. This stimulus is a reminder of the abuse. Often a stimulus is a sound, smell, sight, touch, or taste. Triggers usually happen so fast that the child is not conscious of what is going on. Suddenly the child feels unsafe or anxious but is not sure why. Children often respond dissociatively when triggered, therefore most of the trigger exercises should be done in therapy groups only.
All people experience triggers, and triggers can be either positive or negative. For example, imagine sitting in a car repair shop waiting for your car to be ...