Dealing with trauma
A self-help course to help you work through a traumatic incident.
Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. The event causes physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological harm.
Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer-term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives.
Three main types of trauma are identified namely:
• Acute trauma – results from a single stressful and dangerous event
• Chronic Trauma – results from repeated or prolonged exposure to stressful events
• Complex trauma – results from exposure to multiple traumatic events
• System induced trauma – results from being removed from home/ admission to a home or jail/ multiple placements in a short space of time.
This course is aimed mainly to assist people who had an acute traumatic event.
The course was developed by Dr Christo Naude who has been a trauma counsellor at Netcare 911 for the past 12 years.
The course consists of 10 sessions that follow a specific order to guide you.