How It Works For Trauma Victims
With psychoeducation and trauma victims, the therapist will provide information to the participants, utilizing handouts or books supplemented by verbal discussions. Psychoeducation that focuses on trauma will cover different aspects, such as how prevalent the trauma is and the psychology behind a perpetrator's actions.
An important part of psychoeducation for trauma is going over myths about that trauma, which can be very damaging to trauma victims. For example, in cases of sexual assault and rape, a trauma victim may believe that she “asked for it," which can cause re-victimization. In psychoeducation, the therapist will emphasize that sexual assault and rape are not the fault of the victim: She did not ask for it and she did not deserve it.
Psychoeducation also explores the psychological responses to trauma. For example, the therapist may explain that the responses a trauma victim has to the experience, such as dissociation, is normal, which can provide relief. Psychoeducation can also go over future symptoms, such as those that may occur if the trauma victim develops PTSD. In cases where the trauma is ongoing, such as with domestic violence, psychoeducation can include making a safety plan.