SHIP®forAcuteTrauma has a very specific focus and application, namely to assist an adult client who has been exposed to acute trauma shortly after the traumatisation has taken place; it is not a treatment for a post-traumatic stress disorder.
SHIP®forAcuteTrauma was developed in the practice over a period of 15 years, after hundreds of sessions with a variety of victims. These included police officials, emergency workers, traffic officers, security officers and civilians in private practice. The types of traumatic incidents to which the victims had been exposed cover the entire spectrum.
SHIP®forAcuteTrauma is an exposure method by which the traumatic pain, fear and helplessness as well as the trauma memory are integrated and connected. The intervention prevents the trauma memory and pain from overwhelming the thoughts, emotions and behaviour of the person and subsequently averts chronic problems. SHIP®forAcuteTrauma is an intervention method to be used during the acute dis-ease, with the object of preventing the trauma from triggering the person’s negative coping styles and distracters. Failure to intervene would eventually lead to a chronic dis-ease.
SHIP® and SHIP®forAcuteTrauma regard symptoms as messages of disequilibrium within the self, but also as messages for healing. A traumatic incident brings to the fore a large number of definite symptoms within specific time periods. These provide an indication of the severity and intensity of the disconnection within the self. It is important for the SHIP® facilitator to have a detailed knowledge of the symptoms of trauma. SHIP®forAcuteTrauma does not regard the symptoms as pathological or consider that the symptoms need to be controlled and suppressed. The symptoms of trauma are the indicators of the state of chronic and acute disconnection and connection, non-integration and integration, and healing and non-healing.