Containment usually takes place immediately after a traumatic incident occurred and has to do with logistics with regard to physical and emotional safety.

It is important that the counsellor should be aware of the victims immediate needs with regard to personal boundaries, there needs and feelings must be respected and validated.  During containment the victim should be given the opportunity  to process the traumatic incident in his/her own way if that is what  he/she wants. Containment furthermore refers to putting away thoughts, feelings and images that allow a person to feel safe and to talk without being distracted.

It is sometimes important for the counsellor just to be present and be caring and rather listen.  The main focus is to enable the victim to express his/her pent up emotions and be accepted by a non judgemental counsellor.

 

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