Trauma-Informed Lens Podcast

Episode 15: Putting it together – The 5 R’s of Intervention

Posted on December 26, 2017

Episode 15: Putting it together – The 5 R’s of Intervention

Repeated, chronic exposure to overwhelming stress, especially early in life leads to a variety of disruptions to the developing brain, the ability of a child to form healthy relationships, the body’s ability to organize and manage its responses to environmental events, and the brain’s ability to store, organize, and retrieve information in a consistent way.  This combination of functional disruptions leaves individuals with thoughts and feelings that can be highly unpleasant.  The people providing support and treatment to that individual are often dealing with the extreme behavior exhibited by that individual.  The “5 R’s” (Relevant, Repetitive, Relational, Rewarding, Rhythmic) are a guide to thinking about the characteristics of a supportive environment necessary for recovery and healing to begin to take place.


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4 responses to “Episode 15: Putting it together – The 5 R’s of Intervention”

  1. Susan says:

    I LOVED this podcast about the 5 R’s! And the way the three of you explained and gave examples (that apply to children) for the R’s made so much sense. It made me think about how teachers need to be mindful of their daily interactions with the students they work with, because the effects can be positive or negative.

  2. Lisa says:

    Are there any resources or recommendations about teaching clients about the rhythm of relationships? (e.g. when to engage/disengage in conversations as well as other interactions). I understand this general concept but would love a jumpstart to frame this for clients. Thanks!

    • Matthew Bennett says:

      Hey Lisa, checked in with Jerry and Curt. One shared recommendation is DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills. DBT works good across many different populations and can be implemented in most situations. Hope this helps and thanks for the question!

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