Making sense of trauma

The SENSE model was initially developed in response to the Manchester bombing in May 2017 as a framework for front-line and emergency staff operating in the immediate aftermath of the incident. Derived from the six principles of trauma informed practice, the SENSE model is comprised of five key interventions:

Stabilisation

Education

Normalisation

Social Support

Engagement

Stabilisation

Meeting immediate practical and emotional needs

Education

Providing education about the impact of trauma

Normalisation

Using education to normalise responses and offer reassurance

Social Support

Facilitating connections with family, friends and the wider community

Engagement

Promoting engagement with specialist support services (for those who need it)

The SENSE Framework

In her role as the mental health advisor for a Ministry of Justice initiative providing psychosocial support to those affected, Nicola created the SENSE model in collaboration with the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation. This encourages a focus on recognising resilience and developing strengths. Nicola has continued to use the SENSE model as a framework for her subsequent crisis response work, both in the UK and overseas.

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The indigenous people from the Highlands in Guatemala created Worry Dolls many generations ago as a remedy for worrying. According to legend, children tell their worries to the Worry Dolls, placing them under their pillow when they go to bed at night. By morning the dolls have gifted them with the wisdom and knowledge to eliminate their worries. In the aftermath of the Manchester bombing, Worry Dolls were used extensively when working therapeutically with children to provide them with a way of expressing their fears and anxieties and to seek reassurance and support.

Get in touch

Nicola welcomes the opportunity to discuss psychological trauma consultancy, training, supervision and clinical support to organisations and individuals, both in the UK and internationally.

Email

consultancy@nicolalester.co.uk

Phone

07912 763247