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Conference

Application of the ``Eight Steps`` Integrative Group Work in the Work with Traumatized
Amra Muradbegovic & Elmir Ibralic

Center for Therapy and Rehabilitation Vive Zene Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Focus Summary

Working with the traumatized, we realize that for the solvation and integration of the trauma, and the improvement of their functionality, not only is the verbal expression sufficient. Through our experience in group psychosocial work, we come to the realization that by placing a clear and certain structure at the beginning of work, and using an integrative approach, we provide a new perspective to traumatized ones.

The paper will show the treatment of a group of survivor inmates from the past war, describing the “Eight Steps” work model. This model monitors the entire context of a traumatized person, including the past, the present, and new perspectives for the future.

By gradually exhibiting an individual in a group through the awareness of a helping hand in oneself, a feeling of power is created which enables survivors to take control of their own lives.

Key Insights
  • It is important that we know that the trauma should work even after many years, especially in situations where traumatized people never worked on their wounds.
  • This eight-step model is one of the ways in which we can use clear stucco and creativity in therapeutic work.
Key take-outs from the ISHHR 2017 Conference (industry feedback, networking, peer presentations):

It was important that the public was a clear model in the work, since it was based on Judith Herman’s work and her clear recovery trauma, some of the audience showed interest in applying to women victims of domestic violence.

Future goals — what’s next?

Continuing to work with traumatized and how the trauma is reflected on future generations, which brings consequences to future generations.

How can local / national / international media better assist in bringing the vital issues discussed at ISHHR 2017 to light, and further encourage real, positive change and understanding?

The media play a very important role in shaping public opinion and influence on all levels on various issues, including issues related to traumatized and refugee issues.

In this case, the role of the media may be even more important, because it is a group of people who are not protected, and have a reduced ability to hear their voice, or to represent their interests in the public.

When it comes to the victims of torture in BiH, this is a difficult situation because there is no Law on Victims of Torture, although there is a fact that there was genocide in our country, there is evidence of the existence of many camps, evidence of abuse … So in that, in terms of and dealing with these issues, the media can play a very significant role.

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