The team has been funded by Academy of Finland 2014-2017 and 2016-2018.
The aim of the project
The team aims to develop effective interventions for multiply traumatized children and adolescents. It has conducted a pragmatic randomized controlled trial of Narrative Exposure Therapy as well as piloted a model of trauma care in units for minor asylum seekers. The research team is interested in finding the mechanisms behind effective interventions. It also seeks to explain the relation between trauma symptoms and deficits in cognitive performance.
Traumatized Adolescents Seeking Asylum
We study the effectiveness of stabilizing groups in supporting the adolescents’ mental health. Key outcome measures of the pilot study will be post-traumatic stress symptoms, resilience and working memory.
We also study the feasibility of the model by interviewing all staff members who participate in the study in four pilot units. Open interviews about the challenges and benefits of the overall model will be conducted.
Narrative Exposure Therapy
Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) is a short-term trauma-focused therapeutic intervention for traumatized patients focusing, based on the “hot and cold memory” paradigm, referring to declarative and non-declarative parts of autobiographical memory. NET is a flexible therapy that can be modified based on the operating environment and therapists’ and patients’ needs. The NET therapist needs basic knowledge about psychological disorders and diagnostics.
The aim of NET is to link the sensory, emotional, cognitive and physiological elements of traumatic memories with their spatiotemporal and other context. Exposure to traumatic contents acts as a habituation process.