Art of Social Work

Helping understand and identify triggers is crucial in working with children, especially children who have experienced trauma.
Triggers can be anything that elicits an emotional or behavioral response in children. So when little Johnny always seems to pick fights with you when you wear green, there may be an underlying reason for that, which Johnny is likely also not fully aware of consciously.
Our brain is a beautiful thing and a big part of its function is to help us survive and keep us safe. Let’s use our fictitious Johnny example again. Let’s say Johnny was abused by a family member in the past who happened to always be wearing a green jersey because that was the intramural team’s uniform on Wednesday nights which was when this individual would babysit Johnny. Wednesday’s may also be a trigger for Johnny as well a numerous other possible triggers. The brain links the…

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