Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2021

Document Type

Dissertation (799 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Taryn Akgul


Trauma, PTSD, adolescents, group therapy


Within the United States, research has shown that roughly 14% to 43% of children and teens go through at least one traumatic event and of those children 3% to 15% develop PTSD ( Veterans Affairs, 2018). The current research has indicated that children who have endured a traumatic event can suffer from lifelong determinantal effects such as emotional, physical, and psychological issues. With these statistics in mind, this group manual has been created for adolescents who are presenting with PTSD symptomology. Among the literature regarding the detrimental impact that trauma has on adolescents development, there will be a focus on how to decrease or diminish trauma symptoms. This group manual was created for adolescents aged 15 to 16 years old to provide them with education, coping skills, emotion identification, and peer support. Techniques from Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), and Trauma and Grief-Focused Interventions will be utilized throughout this manual as these evidence-based practices have been seen most effective in treating those who have endured a traumatic event.



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