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Self-disclosure, Social work with youth, Youth -- Mental health services, Young adults -- Mental health services, Psychic trauma


This workbook is for individuals who have experienced traumatic life experiences and are interested in sharing their stories in an effort to promote change. Training in Strategic Sharing is an important part of advocacy – we encourage anyone who has experienced traumatic life events and wishes to share those experiences in an effort to promote positive changes for yourself and/or others, to do so with the help of this guide.

As you will see mentioned several times in this workbook, it is really important that you take the time to take care of yourself. This training was not developed to help anyone overcome aspects of trauma; it was created to help individuals avoid retraumatization when sharing their traumatic experiences with others. So we encourage everyone using this workbook to either continue with your mental health services or to seek out mental health supports.

This guide is also meant to help you better convey your message to others. The whole purpose of advocacy is to inspire change on some level. With Strategic Sharing Training, you will be better equipped to do just that. Learning how to safely and effectively share your story will have a lasting impact on individuals and inspire change in not only your life, but in the lives of others.


Produced by the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, 2012.

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