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Creating Meaning & Purpose
A common, often unrecognized unnamed consequence of interpersonal trauma is the meaning that it robs from the victim’s life.  Violence, particularly at the hand of someone trusted, alters the way in which youth view the world, themselves in it, and others around them.

Group discussions and activities throughout treatment highlight the ways in which past and present life events influence perceptions of the world and shape ideas about what is really important to people. Adolescents are encouraged to construct a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives by building upon current adaptations to the trauma that are working well and reframing traumatic experiences (where appropriate).

As part of LET ‘M GO (the “M”), group members are asked to identify the values and beliefs (e.g. justice, fairness, trust, loyalty) that underlie their behavior and shape their long term goals.  Developmentally, adolescence is a period in which youth experience a new found ability to think about things more abstractly.  The emphasis on Meaning Making in this model capitalizes on adolescents’ emerging conceptual skills and broadens the ways in which they can reason out difficult situations and make decisions that are personally meaningful and in line with their values.  Because Meaning Making in the wake of trauma is personal, the flexibility of the SPARCS curriculum is essential in allowing clinicians to assist members in constructing meaning in ways which are specific to each member.