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Teaching Recovery Techniques (TRT) - for children who have experienced war and disaster

What is 'Teaching Recovery Techniques'?

TRT teaches children and young people, in particular refugee children, key social-emotional skills which help them to cope with difficulties following traumatic experiences of war. It is designed to prepare for possible future difficulties and prevent the need for later treatment.

Children who have learned and practised the techniques will be less likely to need specialist treatment services in the future.

TRT was developed by Patrick Smith, Atle Dyregrov, William Yule, Leila Gupta, Sean Perrin and Rolf Gjerstad.

 

What TRT sessions look like

The sessions help children and young people deal with intrusive thoughts and feelings (bad memories, nightmares and flashbacks), arousal (difficulties relaxing, concentrating and sleeping) and avoidance (fears, difficulites in facing up to reminders of the disaster).

Children practice various imagery techniques to demonstrate that they can gain some control over the intrusive images that may have troubled them. They are introduced to distraction techniques, so-called 'dual attention techniques' and how to manage frightening, repetitive dreams.

 

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