The Journey of Hope: A Group Work Intervention for Children Who Have Experienced a Collective Trauma

Tara Powell, Natasha Blanchet-Cohen

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This article presents the Journey of Hope, a school-based group work intervention for children and early adolescents who have experienced a collective trauma such as a natural disaster. This broad-based intervention takes an ecological approach to prevention and treatment and focuses on normalizing emotions and building coping skills after a disaster. Through the use of group work interventions such as use of rituals, group problem solving, and experiential and reflective learning, children and early adolescents work toward enhancing protective factors to help them in their recovery. Considering the short- and long-term emotional strains children may experience after a disaster, such group programs should be more widely accessible in schools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-313
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Work with Groups
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes



  • children
  • group work
  • natural disaster
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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