Information for Teens
Boost is a safe place where you can talk to someone about how you think and feel about the traumatic event you experienced, things in your life that help you cope with the trauma, and identify what other things you may need to help you feel better. Before deciding whether or not Boost is the right place for you, we would like you to come to our office for an information session. This would be an opportunity for you to learn more about Boost, what we do, as well as what it would mean if you chose to do participate in the trauma assessment.
What Is Trauma?
Common Reactions To Trauma
Although many children and teens may experience a traumatic event, everyone is unique and therefore, react to the trauma in a number of different ways. Some of the more common reactions to trauma include:
- Feeling scared, sad, angry, confused, ashamed
- Hard time concentrating and focusing
- Feeling jumpy and nervous
- Staying away from people or places that remind you of the trauma
- Wanting to be alone, away from your friends and family
- Thoughts of the trauma just pop into your mind
- Stomach aches and headaches
- Feeling as though the trauma was happening again (commonly referred to as flashbacks)
- Difficult time trusting other people
- Not wanting to think about the trauma
What Is A Trauma Assessment?
The reactions to trauma described above are all normal responses to difficult and scary experiences. Again, it is important to remember that you are a unique individual and will likely have your own reactions to the trauma, including your own thoughts and feelings about what you experienced and what you may need to feel better. The purpose of a trauma assessment is to help you to better understand your reactions to the traumatic event, as well as to identify what types of strategies or support Boost could offer to help you heal from your experience.
Resources For Teens
Healing From Post-Traumatic Stress: A workbook For Recovery
The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment
Cohen et al.
Managing Stress Through Art: Drawing From the Center
Trust After Trauma: A Guide to Relationships for Survivors and Those Who Love Them
Leave Out Violence Youth
The Courage To Change: A Teen Survival Guide
Falling Apart and Coming Together Again in the Teen Years
Help for the Hard Times: Getting Through Loss
Sexual Decisions: The Ultimate Teen Guide
Harborview Centre for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Groups for Teens
Relationship Skills For Violence Prevention (RSVP)
The RSVP Program provides support to teen girls through a 12-week group designed to teach skills to prevent violence. The RSVP Program is designed to provide support and education to adolescent girls who have experienced or who are considered at risk of experiencing violence in a personal relationship. The purpose of the program is to prevent victimization and to develop the skills needed to form and maintain healthy relationships.
The RSVP Program is available to girls 12-17 years of age who have experienced (or may be at risk of) violence in a personal relationship.
Coping Skills Group
The Coping Skills Group is offered to female adolescent survivors of sexual abuse or sexual assault. Group is an opportunity for survivors to: develop strategies to respond to strong feelings and reminders related to the abuse/assault, develop a network of social support with other females who have gone through similar experiences, support group members to cope with difficult reactions to the traumatic event (e.g.; nightmares, flashbacks), and discuss healthy sexuality. The Coping Skills Group is available to girls 12-17 years of age who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault. Younger teen girls groups, as well as older teen girls groups are both offered at Boost.