Resource Alert: New Trauma Tool Helps Narrow The Gap Between Research and Practice

Trauma is pervasive. We know that anyone can experience trauma, regardless of age, race, gender or socio-economic status. Over the past two to three decades we have learned a lot about trauma – its immediate and long-term impact but also what treatments and organizational practices are effective for helping individuals heal and build resilience.

In a widespread effort to become more trauma-informed, all of us need to take advantage of existing research, knowledge, practices, and approaches that have already shown to be effective in addressing trauma. To support this effort, JBS International and Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health created a free web-based tool entitled “Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources” that provides insights and resources for anyone wanting to be more trauma-informed. The tool consists of video interviews with lessons learned from individuals and organizations as well as educational documents and comprehensive resources that are updated regularly.

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#Abuse, #Health, #MentalHealth, #Policy, #Trauma

Military sexual trauma as a risk factor for increased mental illness and poverty for veterans

With more than 250,000 women having served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the need for specifically tailored physical and mental health services for female veterans is especially dire. While both male and female veterans experience significant challenges upon their return from service, including high rates of homelessness, the prevalence of military sexual trauma (MST) presents a particular challenge for female veterans. …

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#McSilver, #MilitarySexualTrauma, #Trauma

Recovering from Genocidal Trauma: Book Review and Author Interview

Recovering from Genocidal Trauma: An Information and Practice Guide for Working with Holocaust Survivors
by Myra Giberovitch, MSW, PSW

Book Review and Interview

While the book focuses primarily on Holocaust Survivors, it can be used and associated with other individuals who experienced genocide or mass atrocity crimes. Mass atrocity crimes include genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Acts include: murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation or forcible transfer, imprisonment, torture, rape, prostitution, or persecution based on gender, religion, race or culture. If we fast forward to modern times, examples of this would be Rwanda, Darfur, and the current situation in Syria and Iraq….

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#Genocide, #HolocaustSurvivors, #SocialWork, #Trauma, #War

Dreaming of a Safe America

The airstrikes against the Islamic State, a decidedly violent and oppressive group, are deeply unsettling, bringing forth memories of 9/ll and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, along with fears that America will never extract itself from this region of the world, or be safe from revengeful terrorist groups. At such times, it’s natural to become defensive, fearful, and even hopeless.

One of the things that makes America a wonderful place to live is that we feel entitled to freedom and safety and feel others are entitled to freedom and safety too. Yet rarely do airstrikes like the ones on Syria feel like a simple exercise in the protection of human rights. America has too many unresolved traumas, too many unspoken desires, for the public to trust a motive as simple as the preservation of freedom and safety.

In this blog post, I try to understand how unconscious dreams and unresolved traumas influence our defensive reactions to threat, much like the child that suffers chronic traumatization is altered by conditions of abuse and neglect. I believe we are at a time in our nation’s history when we must examine the disparity between what we have dreamed of becoming and deal with the reality of what we are: stressed, even traumatized, increasingly fragmented, yet also passionate, resourceful, and capable of honest evaluation. But first we have to let go of our defenses. Even during times of war….

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#America, #Isis, #Trauma, #USA

CA Senate unanimously approves ACEs reduction resolution

On August 18, the California Senate unanimously approved Concurrent Resolution (ACR) No. 155 to encourage statewide policies to reduce children’s exposure to adverse childhood experiences. As reported on ACEs Too High, the resolution is modeled after a Wisconsin resolution that encourages state policy decision-making to consider the impact of early childhood adversity on the long-term health and well being of its citizens….

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#AceStudy, #MentalHealth, #Poverty, #PublicHealth, #PublicPolicy, #Trauma

“Unfinished Conversation: Healing From Suicide and Loss”

Robert E. Lesoine’s best friend Larry took his life by suicide on October 15, 2005. Although Lesoine knew Larry was struggling with feelings of disappointment, dejection, and loss, along with the return of debilitating pain associated with a past injury, Lesoine did not see the intensity of Larry’s despair.

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#Grieving, #Suicide, #Trauma

The Sensorimotor Approach To Storying Trauma

Far too often, getting on with ‘everyday life’ requires suppressing the impact of traumatic stress on body, mind, and spirit. This self-imposed desensitization to one’s own suffering also lessens how empathetic we are to others’ suffering, including to their stories of trauma….

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#Imaginal, #Mindfulness, #PatOgden, #Trauma