Treating Trauma in 100 Countries

Now that we’ve wrapped up the program, I’d like to take a moment to thank you for tuning in.

38,961 practitioners joined us for one or more sessions of the Treating Trauma Master Series.

We believe the work you do with people who’ve experienced trauma is so important. That’s why we made it our mission to make this program available to as many practitioners as possible throughout the world.

So how did we do?

Well, at final count, we had practitioners join us from 100 countries.

Here’s a quick glimpse of the global community you’re now a part of:

We are truly thankful to all of the Gold Subscribers who supported our mission of bringing this important material to practitioners worldwide.

If you didn’t get a chance to tune in for the Treating Trauma Master Series but would like to see what all the buzz is about, it’s not too late – you can find out more right here.

Now I’d like to hear from you – how will you be using the ideas from the Treating Trauma Master Series in your work with clients? Please leave a comment in the space below (and feel free to share where you’re from, if you’d like).

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71 Comments

  1. mjl says:

    Again….loved the program
    thank you for listing Israel finally,
    but Palestine is NOT a country it should be removed!

  2. Cynthia Schroer, MA, LMT says:

    My work has focused on women who have the experience of postpartum depression at the time of becoming a mother. Many participants in my study were women who experienced disassociation in childhood, then when they began a family, the effects of disassociation were awakened…painfully so. I am continuing my care of women and others through therapeutic massage. I run into people living with trauma. This Master Series has given me some understanding and tools to share with my clients, when it feels appropriate. The teachings about being present to the body are helpful, since I ask that of my clients already. I feel I am cultivating a deeper awareness of the effects of trauma on the brain through this master series. It dovetails nicely with my teaching of mindfulness practices….showing that this type of practice affects the telomeres! Thank You.

  3. Silvia Silberman says:

    The concept of window of tolerance became very useful to me in the work with clients and helped me also to clarify the difference between calming down and/or not feeling anxiety and coping with anxiety and being able to function, as tolerating stress and coping with the sensations, feelings and associations.

  4. ALAN KECK says:

    I re-posted the link to the memory infographic to a professional listserv to share, and a member refuted it with an article supposedly showing that ‘all memory disturbances in PTSD wash out in a thorough review of the literature’. While I have enough clinical experience to be convinced this is typically not true on the individual level, I’d be interested in the experts’ refutation of this assertion.

  5. Wonderful to know that the series had such a reach. I want to continue reviewing the videos from the last two, as I was away for a couple of weeks. I am currently attending a SETI training at Intermediate level.
    Thanks Ruth and to presenters.

    Norm Grayston,
    M. Ed., R. Psych. 847 (Provisional)

  6. I have participated in many professional webinars and this one, by far, was the most informative and applicable to my work with clients. Not only that, the presentation was so well done. I was so impressed with the quality of information and especially the structure. Hearing the information from the experts and then having Ruth outline the key points with a visual overlay was incredibly helpful for integration. It was also refreshing to see a little humor as well! Thank you for putting this together!

  7. Angela says:

    Thank you so much for a very well presented and informative course, I have found all the information so helpful and have been able to pass on some information to patients who I see in my work as a nurse in the UK . This has helped explain why some people experience different kinds of fears and suppressed emotions, so along with information and mindful techniques I have had a break through with long standing fears and anxieties so thank you once again.

  8. Richard Gurekas says:

    Thank you for organizing such an informative, educational and comprehensive presentation with these talented and knowledgeable speakers . Clinical useful materials and practice guidelines .
    Looking forward to your next project.

    Montreal . Quebec , Canada

  9. Elizabeth Scheide says:

    What a wonderful experience. Thank all of you for your eagerness to share your knowledge, your expertise and your clinical experience gathered over the years. The Series was so very well organized and integrated with each concept woven into an overall pattern to enlarge our understanding of the neurological underpinnings of the effects of trauma and of its treatment. A masterful Master Series. Each presenter broadening the topic and then a summary by Ruth to be followed by a focused exchange during discussion. And all this as a gift to clinicians to use in their practices and thus a gift to those coping with the effects of trauma in their lives.

  10. Ali Peacock says:

    Hi Thank you for a fantastic course and also a fantastic achievement in reaching so many countries. As a favour I wonder if you could put me in touch with the lady in New Zealand as I think I might be able to help her.
    With thanks and best regards
    Ali

  11. Margaret DuCharme says:

    Would you consider a discounted fee? I would love to have access to the series but family illness has stressed our budget. Thank you for your consideration and good work.
    Margaret DuCharme MA, MFT

    • Hannah says:

      Hi Margaret,

      Could you email your request to respond@nicabm.com? We will be able to help you better there.

      I hope to hear from you soon!

      Best,
      Hannah
      NICABM Staff

  12. Senga Turner says:

    Wonderful world wide community all working hard to understand and learn about trauma.Ruth, you and your team should be very proud of this achievement.The course was an amazingly kind gift to many of us.It was excellent with truly inspiring teachers and much new learning.Thanks again.

  13. Karli Macrae says:

    Can u please tell me where in NEW ZEALAND I can get help for my TBI

    • Ali Peacock says:

      Hi Karli
      I might be able to help you if you would like to contact me. I am in Taupo but if you are not nearby then I have other options for help that do not need us to meet in person as I can send everything to you (no I am not a psychic or anything like that :)!

      my email is ally.p@xtra.co.nz

  14. Gavan says:

    After experiencing many forms of trauma starting at age 2, with being bitten on the face from a dog, the physical trauma was repeated and reinforced again aged 5 when I received 3rd degree burns to 30% of my body and was sent away to be treated 2 hours from the family, with only a few visits in a 6 week hospital stay from my parents, as they needed to run the dairy farm while managing my brother and sister. Aged 9, a fully loaded milk tanker ripped the side of the car off; on top of this there was a few other physical painful injuries, just to confirm that I’m living in a dangerous world. Aged 22 my friend and fellow worker took his last breaths while in my arms. Later in life the woman who I loved dearly and who we shared a 1 year old daughter with broke off our engagement. The trauma of the broken engagement was amplified due to the link to my childhood abandonment. I could process the more recent forms of trauma but I couldn’t access my childhood trauma, well not until I was participating in a 10 day silent retreat, when subconscious emotions started to arise, I was aware of the feelings these thoughts evoked but I couldn’t access them to integrate the experience. I was on my kneeling stool, day 4 and I noticed the pain in my ankle (an old surfing injury) start to spike as thoughts and memories of my burns experience surfaced, we had been instructed to notice the sensation and not to crave relief from the physical sensation, but to sit with the discomfort, the more the thoughts arose the more my body was wanting relief and recoil against it. The pain was becoming quiet severe I felt like there was a clamp around my ankle and each heartbeat turned into a hammer hitting the clamp, my breathing was really deep fast inhalations but very slow long exhalations, the throbbing started to extend to other parts of my body until every heartbeat was felt from head to toe but the ankle was in excruciating pain. What this pain allowed my to do was to finally kick the door down in my brain that was protecting the little boy, I remember sitting in the bath with burning pyjamas and after the hospital visit getting the bandages soaked to stop them sticking to the ointment and pulling on the skin with the words, anger pain and resentment repeating in my head. The more I sat with the thoughts the noise of these 3 words slowly started to subside until they finally drifted into silence, I then hugged the 5 year old boy and told him everything would be ok, from here on I would be there to protect him. While I comforted the little boy in my arms I started saying peace love and kindness over and over. The pain in my body slowly released and I’m finally free from the nagging negative thoughts and subconscious behaviours that ruled my life for decades.
    I wouldn’t recommend this as a form of therapy for anyone to experiment with without supervision, I have spent many years reading and adopting many healing modalities in trying to access this part of my psyche, there was previous insights that allowed me to travel this path. But to be finally free is a huge relief.

    • C. Mac says:

      What an amazing testament. I am very happy for you and understand full well the experience is holding your young boy assuring him he was now safe. I myself have made colossal break through just this year. It is the first that I can remember for no longer having suicidal ideation. The key integration for me has been sketching out different scenes, sketching them out as I know them or experienced. Having no one to judge me for those thoughts or instruct me to feel differently about them. I’ve tried letter writing on several occasions and the thoughts remained with me until I sent the letters giving me only a temporary relief. But never a resolve. Sketching the personalities from my perspective has brought incredible closure which proved also to be a thorough channel to implement. Acceptance for situations and family members lost through a divorce, followed with a recognition of the relationships that I seemed drawn to. A continuation of the same patterns of abuse. Seemingly in divine timing this year I was introduced to author Louise Hay, whose guidance has been like icing on the cake. After all the books on neuroscience, addiction, and psychology course work while doing CBT, CPT and at therapy both group and individual it was Louse’s language in very easy to understand terms, that taught me how to begin loving myself and nurture that inner child. I’ve been in and out of therapy most of my life. Desperately tried marriage therapy, which briefly delayed my husband leaving me for another woman. Those sessions simply ended by me agreeing to check myself into rehab believing it could save my marriage. And while openly, expressing my fears that he was involved with another woman, denied discussion of it giving fodder to my insecurities and my uncontrollable drinking. Not one of my therapists addressed the underlying causes much less attempted to delve deeper into my childhood. Even my recent CBT, and CPT therapies albeit useful they only address behaviours and change the way to think in difficult situations. There is a therapy I’d like to try in a group setting where scenes can be acted out. I think that is essential for release and integration. Not withstanding is the impact or quality of life made possible to the ones who have been suffering. I close with my personal theory that patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s suffer from unresolved trauma. Gaven I’m very happy you have been given the opportunity to now have the life you have always deserved. Many do not get it, or refuse to because it has become their nature not to trust.

    • Jacqueline says:

      You are incredibly brave!

  15. S says:

    Thanks.

  16. Thank you again for an informative series.

  17. Frances Bainbridge says:

    So far, I’ve only watched the first session, but will follow up with the others via the links you have sent. Wonderful clear explanations of the material. My increased understanding of how trauma affects the brain’s circuitry, and that we’re all on a continuum of disassociation have, I think, increased my acceptance and ability to establish rapport with people. The demonstration of the importance of including some physical action related to the trauma, while staying in relationship in the present was fascinating, and valuable. Thank you! Melbourne, Australia

  18. Bona says:

    Thank you so much Ruth and other professionals who help making this happened. All the videos helped me to gain more understanding and to answer many questions that I had. Thank you so much and looking forward for more of this kind of sessions in the future.

  19. Alaire Lowry, PHD, FABPP, FAGPA says:

    Group psychotherapy led by trained practitioners is a powerful and reliable way to stimulate traumatic adaptations (fight, flight, freeze) in vivo in a safe environment so that new behaviors can be attempted, brains can be transformed, and lives can be changed. I urge my colleagues who don’t use group or refer their patients to group therapy to consider this highly effective and efficient way to employ the strategies presented in this excellent Master Series on Treating Trauma, Psychologists in the US who would like to find training can check with The Center for Group Studies In NYC, The American Group Psychotherapy Association or The American Board of Professional Psychology Academy of Group Psychology online for names of experts in your area.

  20. Thomas P. O'Connor says:

    Hi Ruth,

    I sent you an elongated email on Tuesday explaining my situation here in Ireland. I wonder if you have had a chance to look at it.

    I would welcome your comments

    Regards
    Tommy
    tommyo85@hotmail.com.

  21. Marcia says:

    When you have dealt with trauma for most of ones life, both personally and professionally, all the information in the series provided missing links to the nervous system and the brain. The specialists/professionals you have speaking help provide a balanced wealth of information to guide clinicians and clients on multiple levels. The information helps a professional be able to meet clients where they are in their understanding of where they are in the healing process. This information cannot be learned without a history of knowing the work and need to improve and expand the scope of treatment. There is no time for one answer responses which complicates the work. Your program helps add that scope to a professional’s work for new clinicians and gives the seasoned professionals a fresh look at the brain and nervous system. Without knowledge the brain is not on board to healing.
    In the comments below there are some really great ideas, one being music therapy and hope you have more on this topic as I have been a trained music therapist way back in the late 70s. I would like to see more on this.
    There a wealth of possiblities for CD counselors who are often new to TFCBT to really study how the limbic system is affected by the traumas and the focus on how drugs and alcohol slows down the healing process from trauma. I would love to see more work related to this issue.
    I think Bessel and Lannius spoke of more need to understand the limbic system and the intricacies of that system in the brain.
    Hope you provide more to the readers on development as that was my base in the 60s. It provided so much on my lifespan work with clients. All my clients seem to understand more and more due to the information how their own brain works and make plans for change.
    Hope you would work more on the prenatal aspects but to help the client realize their potential to heal that particular gene to reverse the effects so society will not regress, using systems theory.
    Also make people more aware of how cortisol affected our family of origin and figure out how to affect change before it affects the newborns.
    Training parents have always been my scope of my professional work and your work is encouraging. Knowledge is power for healing. Your speakers are providing this for the field of mental health. Thank you.

  22. Jacqui McLennaghan says:

    Hi everyone from NZ! What I have found immensely satisfying with this course is how it has been presented; I learn best through the context of stories.
    I am silently satisfied that these experts have made this material so easy to understand and have presented it so authentically. I have been to training over here where the course presenter has quoted some of these people and yet I have come away feeling like I would never be able to apply what I had learnt as it seemed so complicated!
    As well as boosting my confidence in my ability to do the work, I have also come away with so much new learning, and a sense that my inner knowing, and the reality of being human has been validated and honoured.
    Thank you so much for making this knowledge so accessible with the low cost as well!!

    • Ali Peacock says:

      Hi Jacqui
      I am in NZ too and if you would like to keep in contact my email is ally.p@xtra.co.nz – we could perhaps support each other :)

  23. Dianne Allen says:

    Ruth and co, I ‘heard’ of the series at Facebook and happened to respond when one of the broadcasts was on, and caught one of the sessions on video and audio.

    The series resonated with some post graduate studies I had done 1996-2005 working with Dispute Resolution and with Contributing to Learning to Change (thesis) where one of my unpublished conclusions developing out of considering learning, inquiring (research) and evaluation was that one day we would have evidence of what is involved in “gut reaction”. (see https://www.scribd.com/document/63255195/Converging-on-the-Complex).

    I was not so fortune to be able to listen to the complete set, and finances at this time put me out of subscribing at the Gold level, though that has changed now.

    I might say that the whole process of broadcast, as well as the content, is a ‘fit’ for me for professional development, and being with a group of peers to be able to access their thinking about my practice and understanding of that practice, and my capacity to change my practice to be more effective for my clients/patients/students, is also a breath of fresh air.

    Dianne Allen, Kiama, Australia.

  24. Imogen O'Connor says:

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to learn so much in a condensed period about how to understand the neuroscience of trauma and its applications to clinical work. I have already passed on the theoretical explanations of trauma to my clients – it helps to normalise for them and gain some power over their symptoms through insight. While I have undergone a year’s sensorimotor training on working with trauma, this webinar has been a wonderful refresher.
    Thank you.

  25. Mary says:

    I wanted to add from my previous comment.
    Sorry for multi typos but I could not scroll back in tiny comment box to correct.
    I’d like to highlight 2 things:
    1/ Typos: “in-utero” trauma from D.E.S. (diethelstilbestrol)
    I urge you all to look up the recent study that came out 2016 showing that 83% of those exposed in-utero ( as I), have had a lifetime of major psychological disorders. This represents a massive demographics of people exposed during the 60’s and 70’s in North America and Europe. It was the next “ wonder drug” pit out by Big Pharma after they had to shut down thelydamide. See in Wikipedia: D.E.S. diethelstilbestrol.
    2/ I have chronic systemic inflammation (chronic full body flare ups) and would like to hear from anyone on this, in terms of link to trauma and how to cure or manage.
    I watched he series and was able to benefit from so much more detailed info on the skills. It’s been especially helpful to see “how” the modalities actually work in addition to talking “about it”.
    Thanks again for your groundbreaking work and spirit of inclusivity.

  26. Mary says:

    I can add my name to the group of Emily, Suzy, Jennie, Lynn and Alyson ( and any others I may have missed).
    I’d like to see a sub community formed within the context of C-PTSD.
    Ruth, I very much appreciate the question leading to these valuable comments by your followers. It’s so helpful to see how therapists are applying the skills leather in various modalities and within such a variety of settings. I will definitely look up focusing.org to see what I may have been missing that could further help me.
    I am 57 and since cancer threw my world upside down last year, I’ve devoted all of this year to heal my inside and my outside.
    For the inside: Somatic therapy, IFS therapy, cathartic anger work, journaling, artwork.
    For the outside: DBT program, Yoga, exercise (especially long waterfront walks), illuminating/avoiding/limiting contact with unkind people (including and especially family).
    This site has bee invaluable to me.
    Its energybif inclusivity and validation has been a godsend.
    The area of trauma is still not understood nor even respected by mainstream therapists. I am in a research study with DBT and when I try to discuss my trauma with individual counselor, I am met with scorn and comments that they prefer a “clinical” approach. So although I benefit from the DBT skills tips, I see a vast divide between clinical counselors and “deep therapy” workers. ( I consider all my inner work therapies “ deep” therapy).
    Out of all the work I’m doing, I am gaining most ground with IFS ( Internal Family Systems/ Besell mentions it in his book The Body Keeps the Score) ) . Perhaps because I’m so visual, I find IFS therapy is helping me to organize the inner chaos from years of trauma in hydro ( I was D.E.S. Big Pharma victim), early infancy traumas ( including abuse), childhood, teenage and adult traumas ( including natural disaster).
    My entire life I seem to have been a literally magnet for trauma.
    I am now learning to not be.
    Thanks to the big picture of your organization, thanks to your forward thinking of inclusiveness and access to all, thanks to your teaching and explorations of various modalities for trauma work and your tangible to all helpful practices, I am not feeling so alone in my plight.
    Keep doing your great work!
    THANK YOU!
    Marylynn

  27. Though I am not a clinician, the information I learned can be shared with the foster and adoptive parents that I provide psychoeducation to. Our agency provides trauma informed assessments and therapy, among many other things and I am always saddened to hear about numerous and ineffective therapy that has been utilized on children who have had trauma pre-verbally. When the child is unable to provide a narrative, the parent or therapist often just shrug it off “as the kid doesn’t want to talk about it, they must be doing okay.” In fact their maladaptive behaviors say otherwise. Thank you for a great series.

  28. Kristy says:

    I so appreciate the free access to this series. As always, it was filled with information to help me understand
    my PTSD, plus giving me tools and hope for how to get through it. Keep up your great work!

  29. Anne says:

    Ruth, this format really worked. You appealed to all my learning needs: visual, auditory, repetition, references, practice notes and keepers. I did use this material the very day that I watched the video of the week. My files have stickies to prompt follow up. I assist in a Tai Chi Health Recovery class and there is another level of learning and practice for me.
    I would like to say that I thought the editing was perfect. Editing all those interviews, no doubt, was the hardest part of your work as much interesting stuff probably ended up on the cutting room floor.
    Your final statement each week reminding us how important our work really hit home. In this topsy turvy world it goes unnoticed and unremarked that we make a difference. I have really taken your words to heart.

  30. I am a student counselor at a small privately-funded university that gives scholarships to many underprivileged young people. It is unfortunately quite frequent for me to see students who have been in very difficult situations (involving criminal violence, domestic violence, natural disasters, among many other types of turmoil.) Years later, these kids may still be struggling with the after effects of trauma, which become triggered by the pressures of a very demanding course load.

    Because this is a relatively small, nonprofit school, there is very little funding for continuing education for the staff, and that is why my two coworkers and I are very grateful for the free access to these webinars, that were so enlightening!

    We are already using some of the information and techniques we learned, helping students to understand how trauma may be embedded in even simple details such as their breathing patterns and posture. We are provinding psycho education, exercises and counseling to help them gradually recover the empowerment they had lost due to a paralysis response.

    We have much more yet to learn to be more effective, but this series was a very big help! Thank you to all that made it possible!

  31. Bente Nilsen says:

    I work as a clinical child psychologist in Norway. I took level 1 here in Norway with Sensorymotor Psychotherapy (2015-16) and I work with families with infants and toddlers. Many of my patients have been exposed to trauma very early in life and so also many of their parents. Having this knowledge about trauma is essential to enlighten oneself as therapist but also educate parents about how to understand and accept their own experiences and reactions, as much as their children or fosterchildren.

  32. Hannah says:

    I am so grateful for the free access. However and whoever made this possible – you are all totally awesome! Because I have limited financial resources I am having to be very creative in how I source quality resources, particularly hard when there is so little out there around pre-verbal trauma.

  33. I am a psychologist and I was an occupational therapist. I have a therapeutic farm with a built in psychology clinic. We offer all the regular fare of assessment and treatment. I am working on developing an equine assisted trauma program. I am hoping your course will refresh, update and inspire my ideas with using real life experiences to treat trauma victims.

  34. I signed up for the gold membership but have not yet had time to tune in at all. I understand that I will be able to access all the handouts and talks at any point in the future. Is that the case and how do I go about that? Maureen Newberg LCSW-C CSAT

    • Lauren, NICABM Staff says:

      Hi Maureen,

      Thank you for your purchase and for writing with your question.

      I just sent you an email with more details regarding your Gold Subscription and your access to the program. I figured it was best we dive into the details there.

      And on that note — you are always welcome to write to our staff directly at respond@nicabm.com.

      Hope this helps.

      Talk to you soon,

      Lauren
      NICABM Staff

  35. Carol D'Agostino says:

    In my therapy practice, I work with older women(60+) who have histories of abuse in various forms in their younger days. Once their busy lives are over, they’re retired and start doing life review, these old issues can come roaring up. It also involves family work if/when the intrusions become interfering for these women. More likely than not their children have never known about the history. Secrets, secrets, secrets…..

    • Emily Scholnick says:

      I am one of those women you treat. It took me 64 years to find out that my behavior was due to C-PTSD
      I have been to many therapists over the years who didn’t really help.
      For what it’s worth, I found learning DBT a perfect foundation for controlling the emotional symptoms.
      I bought this course because it gives me context for my thoughts and behaviors. It has allowed me to finally begin grieving.
      My children are grown and successful with children of their own. My perseverance and willingness to change was critical. Two of my four children have begun to ask me questions.
      Even validation is difficult.
      I applaud your work.

      • Emily Scholnick says:

        I also wanted to mention that Focusing and learning the felt sense has opened the doorway to my long held traumas. Education on trauma and DBT have worked on what I call “my outside”. Focusing works on “my inside”.
        I highly recommend Eugene Gendling’s work and Focusing International ( focusing.org).

        • Brilliant. I am wondering why such knowledgeable presenters have not mentioned Focusing. It is a life saver for me ! I hope they respond to our comments and come back to us on me. I would be happy to provide more information if they are interested ! In fact I have now introduced Whole Body Focusing into my practice which takes Focusing to a whole new level.

          • Emily Scholnick says:

            John,
            Please explain your whole body focusing.
            I’m sure I’m not the only person interested.

          • I have been learning whole body focusing for the past two years and have recently introduced this into my practice. I also have some really good articles on this related to trauma from Glenn Fleisch.

            The basic principles of Whole Body Focusing include.
            1) Getting a sense of your body in the room. Making sure you feel safe in the room, by changing your position in the room

            2) You may wish to stand or sit on chair or the floor.

            3) You get a sense of your body in the room, as well as sensing into the whole body. The felt sense can be carried forward through inviting movement, as well as imagery and words. This can include touch, ( holding a toy, or an object ) and also using your focusing partner / therapist as a stable anchor. As a focuser you can also ask your partner to move, to mirror your movements, and at the instigation of the focuser, may include touch. But this is always in the control of the focuser.

            Movement in whole body focusing can often release tension and facilitate a felt shift of the issues better than words alone. Do look up the web site of https://wholebodyfocusing.com/community/glenn-fleisch

  36. Suzy says:

    Thank you Ruth. I am using this ground breaking information to crack the code on my own personal history.
    In my mid fifties, I am reborn.
    Incredible! Namaste

  37. Ian G Livingston says:

    As a certified addiction counselor working toward the MA in counseling, I have found that many, if not most, of my clients present with symptoms of prior trauma. Some have PTSD symptoms, others evidence symptoms of relational disorders traced back to childhood neglect and abuse. I will use what I learn in this series not only to help my clients directly, but to pass the teaching along to other staff. Thank you for providing this education to us!

    • That was my experience as well when working in the field of addictions. An addiction is almost always a ‘self medication’ for an underlying issue. I have also found the same thing with people who experience OCD. Many clients have experienced unresolved trauma without OCD but I have never experienced a person with OCD who does not have unresolved trauma !

  38. Barbara says:

    This set of webinars have built onto the previous learning from last years holiday package. I am able to find this is helping me to contextualise in my work fluently ideas. Very enabling!

  39. Jean Simms says:

    Hi Ruth, Thank you so much for enabling me to access and work through this course. I seem, in a therapeutic context, to be seeing more and more people, especially people working for police, fire services, military and paramedics experiencing trauma in their lives . The series was presented in an interesting , educational and informative way and enabled me to more comprehensively integrate my Buddhist beliefs, Kundalini Yoga science, and practices, as well as incorporating Poly Vagal research into my therapeutic work. The clarity and content of the conversations were engaging and well presented. Wish more could have been included about the effects of working with trauma on practitioners but will go on to continue to research this.
    Thanks again to the many contributors, comments and, of course, technical support staff etc who made this series accessible to so many

    • Ron Jorgenson says:

      Hi Jean,
      In observing your comments about first responders, I was particularly engaged as my experience has been very much the same. One of my observations which I am continuing to research is the presence of inflammatory disorders that seem to pursue front line workers in the form of arthritis, gastric difficulties, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain in a variety of forms. Of course our expert panel has identified inflammation however less talk about how to manage that aspect.

      I would greatly appreciate any research you come across that speaks to this issue.

      Of course the mind body connection and the pursuit of activities that reframe and provide better experiences for the body memory add to the solution.

      Thank you for your opening comments.

  40. Jenny says:

    My story is probably a little different than expected. I’ve spent 35yrs on the wrong side of the psychiatrists couch just managing to keep my head above the water yet always feeling like l’m one breath away from drowning. My mind often a wash with fog, confusion, doubt knowing there was more to the maze yet not being able to see past the darkness. I’m 58 and lt was suggested l listen to the peice of the master series to help understand
    the window of tollence to help me understand that trauma can be worked with even when there are no words or more specific l don’t have the words for the self that is present.
    I listened. I purchased the package. I know l have a massive journey ahead of me and l know l can not do this alone but maybe we don’t have to.
    I’ve got so much knowledge from this series but lve got more lve got hope. If Trauma can change the brain knowledge, understanding and tollerance can help us understand these changes then my journey is still only just beginning after being in inforced neutral for many years.
    I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Ruth and the team for putting the master series together and offering it to the world with out bias. Whether you are a psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist by any other name you to are individuals as your clients are individuals and we all have traumas in our lives but our lives do not have to be tragic.

    • Lynn Pfeffer says:

      Jenny, I don’t have time to write back right now, but wanted to exchange emails while I had your comment in front of me. I have a similar story to yours and thought it would be comforting to share with you. Am 63 now and have been searching for the right kind of approach since I was 18. Hope we can connect.

      • Jenny says:

        From jenny
        It’s inspiring to hear others are there using the tools and skill discussed to help them find the pathway amongst the forest of darkness and l would really like to connect. I am not great with technology but my email is jenny.m.b1959@gmail.com l live in Adelaide Australia.
        Take care
        Walk tall
        Be proud
        Jenny

        • Emily Scholnick says:

          Hi Jenny,
          I learned a lot from this course. I even became a gold member so I could access the information slowly.
          As I mentioned earlier I am 65 with a recent understanding of CPTSD. I have done traditional and untraditional therapy over the years. I am happy to share which therapies were helpful and would appreciate hearing about your successful approaches.
          I live in Connecticut in the US
          My email is emscholnick@gmail.com

          Age means nothing when there is hope for more to learn and grow.

          Emily

      • Alison says:

        Another with similar experience. At age 71, decades of therapy, finally with a therapist who knows CPTSD, yet it is difficult at this age. Is there any way to connect through these comments?

        • Emily Scholnick says:

          I am 65 and share the same experience. I would like to be part of a support group for each other so we can share what has worked.

  41. Nia says:

    Thank you for making this course available for free as I have spent many years wishing I could afford therapy and have been healing and figuring out these things on my own through Reading and studying and going Within. I am determined to heal the cycles of dysfunction and my family and influence the healing of families and help the community as a nurse In-Home Care I work with a doctor and we visit patients and see the effects of trauma and I I am constantly working on myself as well. It has been invigorating to be able to hear these conversations and speakers thank you again

    • David oz says:

      Me too!

  42. Minty Sheriffa says:

    Thank you for brilliance

  43. Susan Jenczka says:

    I work in Hospice as a Music Therapist.
    Many end of life patients have trauma histories
    and understanding symptoms is particularly important
    When family maybe unaware and the pt is not conscious.

    End of life isn’t the time for long term therapy but holding
    The space appropriately is part of my work.
    I’m also a clinical counselor and have researched somatic
    responses to acoustic environments especially when music
    is supposed to be useful. The polyvagal theory has informed
    My work since the late 1990’s.

  44. Antonio Pancadas says:

    Hi Ruth I really enjoyed the last day of the series. I forgot all about it and it was one of your last emails that reminded me of it right at the end. I’m a senior therapist in an addictions treatment clinic and I found the whole limbic therapy approach very interesting, insightful and valuable.
    Thank you very much for the work you do and especially for sharing the knowledge so we all have a better understanding on how to be more effective and thoughtful in our individual approaches.

    Kindest Regards
    Antonio Pancadas

  45. Lars says:

    I joined all of your programs, but I can´t find Denmark on your list :-)

    • Hannah says:

      It’s there…says 90

  46. I loved the program I am a Focusing and Experiential, Person centred and integrative therapist, and also a Focusing Teacher, recognised by the Focusing Institute in America. I have been helping clients with unresolved trauma issues including PTSD/Complex PTSD, and the series reinforced and strengthened my existing knowledge and practice. New to me was the window of tolerance, as well as the information on epe -genetics, and it enhanced my knowledge of Neuroscience. I have also used some of the tools, like the diagram on the triad brain, as well as the window of tolerance in my practice. I feel better informed by this course.

    One disappointment with the series is the non mention of Gendlin’s Focusing. I came across focusing as a self help technique in 2005, and I used this to help me recover from my own trauma. In September 2006 I started an MA in Focusing and Experiential Psychotherapy, which I completed in 2009. Focusing is known to Peter Levine ( he quotes Gendlin in Waking the Tiger), and I am sure Bessel knows about him ! Focusing combines both the Bottom UP ( or body up ) therapy, with its exploration of the Bodily Felt Sense, and Top Down therapy, in the exploration of Handle Words that match and carry forward the felt sense of the issues, and results in felt shifts and release of tension in the body. As a Focusing Teacher and therapist I was disappointed that this was not mentioned, although Yoga and CBT were . I am wondering why this is the case. I would love to have a response to this comment. Also I would be happy to provide a Focusing Input if you decide to remake the series.

  47. Grace Archer says:

    Hi Ruth,
    I really enjoyed watching the series. I’m a nurse, yoga teacher and a dance and Somatic wellbeing practitioner. It was wonderful for me to know that the way I work is effective and powerful. Of course I knew this already,but listening to experts in the field assured me.
    Thank you
    Grace

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