Date of Award
Project (696 or 796 registration)
Master of Science in Counseling
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, youth, mindfulness, incarcerated youth, trauma
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health disorder that has had some pretty significant changes over history. Affected populations, symptomatology, among other things have changed with the disorder as more has become known. Although not every individual who experiences a traumatic event will develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, it is imperative to be aware of the effects of trauma. Trauma affects a fairly significant (5%) amount of the general population of children and adolescents ages 13-18. However, when one looks into the youth that are incarcerated in juvenile detention centers, the amount of youth who meet the criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder rises markedly (10-30%). Because of these numbers, it is imperative that juvenile detention centers implement some trauma informed care in their facilities. There are well researched treatment modalities for trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, however there is also literature that supports mindfulness-based interventions as adjacent treatments.
West, Taylor Kay, "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Healing Mindfully" (2020). Dissertations, Theses, and Projects. 308.