Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for
Education and Therapy
10 Session Adolescent Version
Julian Ford, Ph.D., Marisol Cruz St. Juste, MA, Judith Ford, MA
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TARGET Group Ground Rules
? Group meets __________________________________________
? Members must attend every group or tell a leader if you cannot attend
? No more than 2 missed sessions in a row or you’ll have to do another
? Respectful listening is as important as talking in group sessions
? Each member can decide to take part in each activity or not to
? No one talks outside group about what anyone else says or does in the
? No physical hitting, kicking or any other way of hurting other people in
? No one can attend a group session if they are using drugs
I have read and understood the rules written above. I understand that
these rules are to promote make this group safe and helpful for every
member. I helped to decide these rules and I agree to follow them.
Group Members’ Names:
? Eating (Too Much or Too Little) ? Gambling
? High Risk Sexual Behavior ? Toxic Relationships
? Violence (Hurting Yourself or Other People) ? Taking Care of Others and Neglecting Yourself ? Too Much Shopping
? Too Much Sleeping
? Too Much Exercising
? Procrastination or Avoidance ? Using TV or Computer Games to Escape from Reality ? Hurting Other People or Animals ? Destroying Property
? Risky High Speed Activities
SOS: Three Steps to Focusing
Step #1: SLOW DOWN
Take a time out; sit comfortably; allow one thought at a time; pay attention to the
natural rhythm of your breathing.
Step #2: ORIENT YOURSELF
Notice your surroundings – where you are and who is with you; Focus on something
of interest that you can see or hear.
Step #3: SELF - CHECK
How much stress? How much control?
Stress Level: Low Stress 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 High Stress
Personal Control: No Control 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Complete Control