The Trauma Recovery Model (TRM) was first developed in a secure children’s home setting by Dr Tricia Skuse and Jonny Matthew.

TRM diagram - large

We are still developing the practice materials, but in the meantime here’s a little excerpt from the academic paper (publication pending)…

The TRM presents a series of layers of intervention which are sequenced according to developmental and mental health need. It indicates that the focus should be on relational therapy to mediate the impact of trauma before cognitive interventions can be fully effective.

There are three aspects to the interpretation of the model.  The central feature (contained within the triangle of the model, see Figure 1) relates to the behavioural presentation of the young person concerned.  The model also highlights the underlying developmental need and the type of intervention best suited to address the need within the residential setting.

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