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Developing a mobile app for educating mental health professionals about the array of resources available to survivors processing trauma

November 25, 2013 at 10:51 am Comments are off for this post

Survivors of trauma need to peel back the layers of emotions and feelings in order to overcome the symptoms and challenges in their recovery. The purpose of developing a trauma survivor toolbox in the form of a mobile application is to educate mental health professionals about the array of resources available to survivors processing trauma. Mobile applications can possibly be an alternate venue to facilitate a healthy expression of feelings. Applications can be used in authentic ways to facilitate the processing of trauma. By developing a resource guide in a form of a mobile application accessible to all mobile platforms, the trauma survivor toolbox would provide guidance on how mobile applications can facilitate emotional expression through writing, art, and music. Research has indicated learning information in the actual practical environment helps learners retain the knowledge. The emotional expression of utilizing these applications could possibly facilitate healing and self-reflection. The output of these expressions can help therapists facilitate conversation to further explore the survivors’ feelings about the processing of the trauma.