SOARING EAGLE TRAUMA TREATMENT CENTER

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Pegasus is proud to announce the opening of the Soaring Eagle Trauma Treatment Center! Many of the youth at Pegasus will need trauma treatment as a secondary treatment need while at Pegasus. This new center is located on our campus and will provide a location for the kids to meet with the trauma therapists and engage in numerous activities and exercises to help them address the trauma that they have been through in their lives. Below is an overview of the types of trauma treatment that will be utilized at Soaring Eagle!

What is trauma:

Many of the boys placed at Pegasus have themselves suffered from chaotic lives of abuse, neglect, and loss. They often come to us with trauma that has yet to be diagnosed.  Treatment of trauma can be very complex and needs to be tailored to each individual child.  At the Soaring Eagle Trauma Treatment Center, we treat children using numerous approaches and tools.

 

Sand tray Therapy:

Sand tray Therapy is a nonverbal, therapeutic intervention that makes use of a sandbox and toy figures to create scenes of miniature worlds that reflect the boy’s inner thoughts, struggles, and concerns.  This form of play therapy is practiced along with talk therapy, using the sandbox and figures as communication tools.  This approach allows the children to “tell their story” and express their thoughts and feelings when words alone are not enough.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT):

Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences.  TF-CBT is a components-based treatment model that incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family, and humanistic principles and techniques.  It is used to address symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, fear, anxiety, or depression related to traumatic life events.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR):

Trauma memories are “stuck” in the emotional center of the brain (limbic system) and are not fully processed. EMDR works on neural pathways in the brain to rapidly process the traumatic memories and emotional pain.  This reduces triggering and increases self-control.

Yoga and Mindfulness Therapy

Yoga therapy is a physical exercise that uses posture and breathing techniques to facilitate healing from psychological and physical conditions.  Yoga therapy uses yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery to improve mental, emotional, and physical health.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy involves physical movement and expression of emotions.  It helps to identify where the traumatic memories are stored (stuck) in the body through movement and physical expressions.  Some examples are hitting baseballs, golf balls, drawing with sidewalk chalk, and working with clay.  This technique teaches the young man to “express emotion without hurting anyone.” It also exposes him a new activity and enhances positive self-concept.

Biofeedback:

Biofeedback is widely used to treat stress-related disorders.  Biofeedback uses visual displays of stress levels to increase awareness and track stress responses. It helps teach paced, even, and relaxed breathing techniques to calm the “fight or flight” responses.