The Trauma Reminder & Coping Assessment Cards help kids explore the function of current coping strategies and increase awareness, understanding, and control over various trauma triggers. They work great as an accompaniment to the Trauma Reaction Cards.

This deck contains forty-four (44) Cope Cards to increase understanding of how trauma has impacted the client, while simultaneously setting the stage for growing more effective coping practices. This deck also contains seven (7) Trauma Reminder Cards to assist the youth in identifying their unique trauma triggers. Also included are two (2) rating scales (one for teens, one for children) to help youth identify the degree of effectiveness of their post-trauma coping strategies (both adaptive and maladaptive). Through the use of these cards, the child can understand their behaviors as a function of coping, and the therapist will have a clearer view of areas for growth and positive change. 

These cards are designed for qualified professional use only as a part of a broader trauma treatment.

INSTRUCTIONS

Trauma Reminder Cards- Assist for youth in using the trauma reminder cards to identify their unique trauma triggers. After identifying each trigger (sights, sounds, smells, feelings, sensations, tastes, and change reminders) ask the youth, “Why is it a reminder?" Use their answers to tailor treatment to their unique trauma triggers in future interventions.

 

Cope Cards- Explain to the youth that following trauma kids find many ways to cope with the resulting triggers and trauma reactions to survive. Help the youth review the Cope Cards to endorse their current post-trauma coping strategies. Use this as an opportunity for validation and further discussion. The cards are organized into seven categories of coping strategies (both adaptive and maladaptive): Avoidance/Denial, Distraction, Numbing/ Escaping, Sensory/Adrenaline-Seeking, Emotional/Physical Release and/or processing, Re-Enacting, and Support Seeking/Self-Care. 

Rating Scale Cards- For each identified strategy ask, “How effective is this at helping you cope with what happened?" “Is this coping strategy harmful?" The effectiveness rating can be pointed to or verbalized. Also include “Does anyone have a problem with you using his coping strategy?” and “Does it get you into trouble?" Answers to this can also be pointed to on the rating scale. 

 

Checklist-Once all cards have been reviewed, mark down the endorsed cards and ratings on the downloadable checklist to see how coping practices change over time throughout treatment (https://www.bethricheycounseling.com/free-downloads ).

When used in conjunction with the Trauma Reaction Cards these tools can help provide a comprehensive picture of the client's post trauma experience.