Childhood traumas | Case study
Sam is an 28 year old Caucasian man. He has a history of alcohol and heroin use. He has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and experienced physical abuse as a child. Sam was sentenced to prison for aggravated battery. While in jail, he had frequent conflicts with the other incarcerated persons and with the Sherriff’s Deputies. Sam served 10 years in a medium security prison that is divided among gangs (including the Aryan Brotherhood, Norteños and Sureñeos). Sam dropped out of school at age 16 and only has the equivalent of an eighth grade education. Sam is now being paroled and preparing for reentry into the community.
Use The Body Keeps the Score and other course material to answer the following questions in an essay format.
- What forms of trauma has Sam experienced as a child and as an adult?
- How have these traumas shaped Sam’s offending? How might they shape his experiences in reentry?
- Assume that you are a social worker and Sam has been mandated to see you as part of his parole. What recommendations would you make to help with his reentry? What forms of treatment or activities would be most helpful?
Your paper should be at least 4 pages in length. It should be double-spaced and in eleven-point Arial font.