Getting traumatized children to tell their stories is one of the many challenges professionals charged with the responsibility of protecting and healing children face. To begin treating these children, we must understand their fears, concerns, and hopes. One method used to obtain this information is the “Three Houses” technique.
The “Three Houses” technique, developed by Nicki Weld and Maggie Greening in New Zealand in 2008, originally consisted of a two column grid denoting good and bad things. After consultation with Andrew Turnell, a third column was added. Eventually, Weld transformed the columns into houses and created a tool easily understood by children.
The therapist uses one sheet of paper per house. The child can use words and/or drawings as appropriate. While the child is given a choice of which house to begin with, the therapist would start with the "House of Good Things" with an anxious or uncertain child.
The child is asked to put the best things about living in the “House of Good Things”. Questions are geared toward positive things that the child enjoys doing there. The "House of Worries" is next. Things that the child worries about in the house, or simply dislikes about the house go here. Lastly, the “House of Dreams” allows the child to express how their perfect house would be. This includes who would be in the house and how the residents would behave. Once the houses are complete, this information can be used to help the therapist, child, and caregivers work together to build a strong and safe foundation for the child.
For more information about the "Three Houses" click here.
Staff Spotlight Second in a Series
Evelyn Shukat, MD, FAAP. Medical Director of The Tree House
Dr. Shukat is a board-certified child abuse pediatrician who has been providing medical services to abused children for 35 years. Before coming to The Tree House, she established and directed a child advocacy center (CAC) at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in New York City and maintained that post for 10 years. She also directed Pediatric Emergency Services at Metropolitan Hospital, worked as medical director of The Children’s House of Hackensack University Medical Center, and was assistant professor of pediatrics at the Cornell College of Medicine. Since 2007, Dr. Shukat has served as The Tree House’s medical director. She is passionate about the CAC model: whether she is conducting exams or just speaking with children, Dr. Shukat always establishes safe, trusting environments for our clients. She approaches child health in a holistic manner, addressing all medical concerns, regardless of cause.
When asked why she decided to work at The Tree House she replied, "So I can keep shopping at Zulily."
Why is it so hard to get a straight answer around here?!?
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