A Global Audience in Rethinking Trauma

As this year’s Rethinking Trauma webinar series comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to thank you for tuning in. Every time we run a series, I’m humbled by the number of people who take part. In this series, 19,566 practitioners joined us for one or more of the webinars. I’m thrilled to see so many folks coming together here from around the world, so I wanted to give you a quick report for a glimpse of the community you’ve been a part of – a global network from 83 countries: United States 13,729 Czech Republic 5…

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Coping with Childhood Trauma: A Strategy for Overcoming Increased Risk for HIV

Why is it that 33% to 53% of HIV-infected people have histories of childhood sexual abuse? Many symptoms commonly found among survivors of childhood sexual abuse, such as helplessness, low self-esteem, dissociation, denial, and self-destructiveness are also often seen in conjunction with HIV risk behavior. Studies show that childhood sexual abuse is associated with avoidant coping, which can lead to increased traumatic symptoms. So perhaps changing the coping strategy of people who experienced childhood sexual abuse could be useful? Duke University professor Kathleen J. Sikkema, PhD conducted a study to examine whether a coping intervention could reduce traumatic stress and…

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Working with Memory to Reframe a Traumatic Experience

A single moment can last forever in our memory . . . Now when it’s something special, a time or an event that we hold dear, reliving memories can feel almost as good to us as the actual moment did. But when someone’s memory keeps replaying a traumatic experience, that can cause them to relive difficult feelings of pain, fear, or helplessness over and over again . . . . . . and this, in turn, can slow the healing process for patients recovering from trauma. So can traumatic memories be changed? In the video below, Peter Levine, PhD shares…

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Is Chronic Worry Linked to Increased Likelihood of PTSD?

Is it possible that chronic worry may be linked to an increased likelihood of developing PTSD? I can remember my father telling me, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (The Bible was quoted often in my home, and usually it was the King James.) And now we’re finding out more about the impact of taking thought, or worry, on the quality of life. As it turns out, chronic worry may be linked to a person’s risk for developing PTSD. Naomi…

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Treating Trauma in Children

Trauma’s victims are often among the most vulnerable in society . . . . . . especially when they include children. When trauma occurs at a young age, children can face biological effects that change the way their brains are developing. This includes parts of the brain that are critical for processing emotions like trust, affect regulation, impulse control, and identity (amongst other things). So as caregivers, we look for ways we can help kids feel safe so that they can learn to regulate their emotions and begin to heal. One promising intervention might be group therapy for kids sharing…

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Trauma’s Impact on the Brain

When a traumatic event triggers our internal alarm system, the body goes into fight, flight, or freeze . . . . . . but what happens in the brain during trauma? According to Dan Siegel, MD, there are two key chemical reactions to trauma (and one can play a role in actually shrinking part of the brain). Check out the video clip (below) for more – it’s just 4 minutes. Click here to sign up Knowing how trauma affects the brain can enhance our interventions for helping patients heal from a traumatic experience. And this Wednesday, Dan will be getting…

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