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ANNUAL REPORT 2015 Finding His Voice through Poetry After experiencing a life filled with trauma, Robby began to heal when he found his voice through poetry. The creative process allowed him to express himself more freely and helped him make faster progress in his clinical work at Woodbourne Center. Healing... For a Youth, a Family, a Community By Christy Delgrolice, LCSW-C, Clinical Supervisor: Silver Sluggers & Game Changers Unit A host of anger issues swirled in Robby’s brain when he came to Woodbourne from a youth detention facility. He wanted to talk to his siblings, whom he had hurt through his offense, but he couldn’t. Robby also dwelled in toxic shame about reasons that got him into placement. From an early age, the seventeen-year-old also struggled with behavioral issues, mood regulation, frustration tolerance, anger management. Robby eventually began to cope through creativity. He started sharing his poetry with his therapist and became more comfortable in therapy. With the help of poetry, Robby expressed himself more freely. The poetry led directly to Robby making more progress in his clinical work and even feeling comfortable enough to disclose his offenses there. Robby increased his use of using positive coping skills, engaging in less negative behavior, and cut down on blaming, justifying, and making excuses. But he still had trouble writing a letter that conveyed genuine empathy for his siblings, that focused on how his actions affected them, and that concentrated on their needs. He continued to work hard at it through his psychoeducation, and finally completed the letter with the assistance of his therapist. Robby became an inspiration for his peers when he showed enough courage to share some of his clinical work in his therapy group. He would not have been able to do this without working hard on building rapport with his peers, his therapist, and other staff members. After the work in his group, the healing process began for him and his family. A clarification session was held where Robby was able to apologize to his siblings in person and take accountability for his actions. Robby is now ready to transition to a group home with the ultimate goal of independent living. *Names and details changed to protect client confidentiality. 12


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