POST INDUCTION THERAPY MODEL OF DEVELOPMENTAL IMMATURITY
TREATING CHILDHOOD TRAUMA
PIT was first developed by psychologist Pia Mellody in the 1980s who, having been a survivor of childhood trauma herself, sought to improve upon the treatments she received when she was younger. Drawing from the techniques Mellody realized were most effective for treating her own self, PIT was eventually synthesized into a full treatment model that could better enable clients to function on a daily basis.
Trauma—which can appear in a variety of forms—is something that does not just affect the victim during the traumatic events themselves, but can continue to affect them into the future. Though the victim does not necessarily need to be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in order to benefit from PIT, the model does indeed help with PTSD treatment. Children and teenagers are particularly vulnerable to being traumatized, and because they are undergoing some of the most formative years of their life, it is important to monitor their continued development.
POST INDUCTION THERAPY BASICS
PREPARING AN ADDRESS
ADDRESSING THE PERPETRATOR
Essentially, the disciplined use of the PIT model in addressing developmental immaturity allows the client to overcome the obstacles alienating them from their developed sense of self while instilling the confidence needed to say “I can do this.” It’s a model that has helped struggling teenagers around the world, is continually improving with increased research, and is a real solution that is more than just a theory—its within reach.
PIT is a treatment model that takes place between a victim and a clinician, and may incorporate other parties when appropriate. The clinician’s first priority is to make the client feel comfortable talking about themselves, their emotions, and the traumatic experiences they may have experienced when they were younger. Then, once comfortable, the clinician carefully guides the client to come to some crucial realizations: the trauma they experienced was not their fault, they are unconditionally valued as a human being, and their life is something they can still control.