Providing adolescents with the social-emotional development and skills to cultivate resilience

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Ogumbor, Isoken
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta.: University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
The purpose of my Master of Counselling project was to address the widespread impact of complex trauma on the healthy development of youth within the period of adolescence. The project synthesizes current research from numerous theories within the field of interpersonal neurobiology to offer a conceptual framework of PRESENCE, intended to support traumatized adolescents in growing resilience. The project begins with an overview of adolescent development, highlighting the long-lasting and extensive impacts that occur following exposure to complex trauma. A detailed discussion on the development of the social-emotional brain, and the associated social-emotional development and skills (SEDS) for resilience is presented. Utilizing empirical data gained through a semi-structured interview, the PRESENCE framework and its ability to plant, nourish, and sustain the SEDS of resilience is analyzed. It is anticipated that this project will encourage and equip parents, teachers, and mental health practitioners to understand and support traumatized adolescents.
traumatized adolescents , resilience , social-emotional development and skills , SEDS , complex trauma , PRESENCE framework , interpersonal neurobiology