April202014

Child Abuse and Neglect—silent epidemic

Child abuse prevention continues to be underfunded and underrepresented in the conversation about health epidemics. There have been 26 cases of measles in the current outbreak, yet today an estimated 108 children were sexually assaulted, just one type of adverse experience.

It is time to change the conversation.  Contact your state representative today and tell him/her that you want to see funding and legislation on prevent childhood abuse and neglect.

-From You Won’t Believe How These Experiences are Impacting Your Health, latest After Trauma post

April182014

What No One Wants to Talk About: Male Sexual Assault

Men struggle more with finding social support, largely due to the shame and stigma.  As a society we teach men that they are supposed to be strong, and in the military this message is particularly emphasized.  It’s difficult for them to talk about it.  It can also be harder for them to get professional support since many centers that provide free or discounted services to survivors of sexual assault only serve women, or have names like “The Women’s Center” that are understandably deterrent to male survivors.

April172014
explore-blog:

Absolutely fantastic and culturally necessary read on our hidden biases, to which even the best-intentioned of us are susceptible.

I suspect many of you have been swimming against the current for a long time.

explore-blog:

Absolutely fantastic and culturally necessary read on our hidden biases, to which even the best-intentioned of us are susceptible.

I suspect many of you have been swimming against the current for a long time.

April152014
“One reason that it’s so hard to get support is that the literature on secondary trauma in family members is in its infancy. There are studies validating an instrument to measure it and others that sort of establish that it’s a thing, but there’s a lot we don’t know: does the type of event the survivor experienced matter? how much does the severity matter? does the length of time spent with the survivor having PTSD symptoms matter? how much does the secondary survivor’s history matter? How do we treat it? We don’t really know.”

from Secondary Trauma: Why It’s So Hard to Get Help

latest post on After Trauma

April132014
“Secondary survivors may be parents, children, siblings, friends. They may willingly or unwillingly play a role in the survivor’s recovery. Sometimes this role is active, such as helping the survivor with legal or logistical issues related to the trauma, finding a new car after an accident, accompanying the survivor to court to testify against a perpetrator or driving someone to therapy sessions. Other times it’s a passive role that someone may not have signed up for: dealing with an employee whose trauma symptoms are creating challenges, or a roommate with unpredictable behavior or a spouse that has unexpectedly changed. And of course, many times it may be both.”

from Secondary Trauma: Why It’s So Hard to Get Help

latest post on After Trauma

April112014
“Empathy means realizing no trauma has discrete edges. Trauma bleeds. Out of wounds and across boundaries. Sadness becomes seizure. Empathy demands another kind of porousness in response.” Leslie Jamison in The Empathy Exams
April102014

I am moving to Ghana in July

From FAQ’s:

  • It’s for my partner’s job
  • It’s a dream come true and I’m very excited
  • I definitely plan to keep working in trauma and sexual violence (and blogging!)
  • I have several exciting projects in development and will talk more about those in a future post
  • They speak English there

Also:

  • I want to be culturally sensitive and appropriate and will take my time getting a lay of the land, including what sexual violence work is being done, how trauma is conceptualized, etc.
  • There is almost no research on trauma or trauma therapy there
  • Yes, culture matters in mental health treatment.  A lot.

How I’m preparing:

  • reading about cross-cultural approaches to trauma and dissociation.  Trauma and dissociation are global phenomenon but presentation (specific symptoms) and conceptualization (how people in the culture describe it) vary across cultures
  • reading the very few studies on trauma in Ghana
  • talking with professors from the University of Ghana social work school
  • talking with a couple of Ghanaian clinicians—they don’t specialize in trauma, but they obviously have insight into Ghanaian culture
8AM
“My partner’s work is relocating us to Ghana for two years. I am leaving DC Rape Crisis Center next month. I’m grieving the loss of a wonderful place and also clients that it has been my privilege to serve. I can’t help but feel I’m leaving much work undone. Even where there has been previously unimaginable progress, it hurts to think of saying goodbye to so many people and places and things all at once. I am still planning to write and work on trauma. And I have clients that I will never forget.”

from Termination: Breaking Up is Hard to Do

latest After Trauma post

April42014
pagerut:

creativesocialworker:

traumatherapist:

Hey, I need your help! Based on the numerous requests that I get about free trauma trainings, I’m thinking of creating a FREE online course on trauma that anyone can take.  It will use the latest research and information to teach you about trauma in your own lives or get a sense of how to support others, or even notice things that others may miss in classmates and coworkers. 
But I need to get a sense of interest, especially since I’m talking with an established expert in the trauma field to collaborate on this and I want to demonstrate that there is substantial interest.  So REBLOG if you’d want to take this free course to be a certified TIP (which would mean nothing officially but something practically).  Also, you can send me an ‘ask’ with suggestions for topics if you think you have one that might be missed -traumatherapist

Yesss!!!  It is incredibly important to be trauma-informed.  Please reblog if would be interested in taking advantage of this training.

See tfcbt.musc.eduThey already have good online trauma focused CBT course.

That’s true—the TF-CBT course is excellent and I have mentioned it on my blog before. The course I’m proposing is quite different:

The TF-CBT course is only for clinicians and graduate students in certain programs, whereas my course is open to everyone.

Because it is for clinicians, it really
Is just a tutorial on using TF-CBT, one type of trauma therapy. My course will be an overview of trauma, from events that cause trauma to the neurobiology of trauma to vulnerable populations to trauma symptoms to different evidence based treatments.

The TF-CBT course focuses on the treatment of children, and mine will look at the impact and treatment of everyone.

pagerut:

creativesocialworker:

traumatherapist:

Hey, I need your help! Based on the numerous requests that I get about free trauma trainings, I’m thinking of creating a FREE online course on trauma that anyone can take.  It will use the latest research and information to teach you about trauma in your own lives or get a sense of how to support others, or even notice things that others may miss in classmates and coworkers. 

But I need to get a sense of interest, especially since I’m talking with an established expert in the trauma field to collaborate on this and I want to demonstrate that there is substantial interest.  So REBLOG if you’d want to take this free course to be a certified TIP (which would mean nothing officially but something practically).  Also, you can send me an ‘ask’ with suggestions for topics if you think you have one that might be missed -traumatherapist

Yesss!!!  It is incredibly important to be trauma-informed.  Please reblog if would be interested in taking advantage of this training.

See tfcbt.musc.edu
They already have good online trauma focused CBT course.

That’s true—the TF-CBT course is excellent and I have mentioned it on my blog before. The course I’m proposing is quite different:

The TF-CBT course is only for clinicians and graduate students in certain programs, whereas my course is open to everyone.

Because it is for clinicians, it really Is just a tutorial on using TF-CBT, one type of trauma therapy. My course will be an overview of trauma, from events that cause trauma to the neurobiology of trauma to vulnerable populations to trauma symptoms to different evidence based treatments.

The TF-CBT course focuses on the treatment of children, and mine will look at the impact and treatment of everyone.

April22014
amandaonwriting:

Reality Tale

Expectations! Do you already have a talking frog that you’ve been trying to change into something else?

amandaonwriting:

Reality Tale

Expectations! Do you already have a talking frog that you’ve been trying to change into something else?

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