Building Rapport with Survivors of Trauma
Knowing how to approach or relate to someone who has been through extreme trauma can be a daunting task, particularly if you have never experienced that type of hardship before. Even with the best of intentions, a particular response or lack of response could have harmful repercussions.
Psychotherapist Jennifer Dean has been working with individual clients and facilitating therapy groups at Journey Out for almost six years. Her passion for helping women who have experienced sex trafficking and abuse has led her to advocate for victims locally and globally, as well as to conduct empowerment-based programming directed towards at-risk girls and foster youth. She sat down with us to share her insights on working with survivors of trauma. Whether you are a therapist, volunteer, or simply want to equip yourself in the event that you come across someone who has experienced trauma, her suggestions can help you have a positive interaction.