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Case Study: Cara

Catch up with Cara again and observe events and changes. How has your understanding of trauma changed since last week?

This case study follows the life of Cara.

The following case study follows the life of Cara, who is now 21 years old.

Let’s continue Cara’s journey to gain more insight into how her experiences have shaped her patterns of reacting, relating, and responding.

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Watch the animation and think about how you could apply what you have learned so far in the course to Cara’s experiences. See below for some examples to get you started and share your thoughts in the comments.

Step 2.4 In what ways might Cara’s earlier life experiences have shaped her sensitivity to stress?

Step 2.7 What trauma/shame coping behaviours do you see in Cara’s story? What is the purpose of these behaviours (relating back to the window of tolerance model in Step 2.2)?

Step 2.8 Can you see any examples of potential intergenerational trauma in Cara’s story?

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