There are people who are working hard, day in and day out, to discover the breakthroughs that can improve trauma treatment . . .
And then there are the people, including many of you, who work hard to learn the latest so you can make a difference in the lives of your patients – trauma survivors who just want to get their lives back.
As the Rethinking Trauma series comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to look back and reflect on what we’ve learned.
It has been quite a journey as we added to our knowledge week after week.
I’m inspired by all the feedback we’ve gotten throughout the series – it means so much to us to be able to see how you’re using the ideas from the series in your work and in your life.
We’re also excited to see people from all over the world in all kinds of professions using the comment boards to communicate – whether it’s to share resources with each other, or even to open up about their own personal experiences with trauma.
This year’s trauma series had practitioners from a record-breaking number of countries – 11,996 people from 78 countries! The largest webinar was attended by 6,622 practitioners from 59 countries.
Having this kind of participation tells us that this topic matters to people all over the globe. The strong international presence also adds a valuable international perspective to our comment boards.
I’d like to share some of the thoughts from this year’s trauma series that have really stayed with me:
– Mudita Maclurcan, MindBody therapist for people with cancer, NSW, Australia
“This was a wonderful refresher webinar with Pat [Ogden] that has captured what I need to do more of in my work as my relationship with the clients develops over a period of time . . . Thanks for another great webinar again!”
– Catherine Sonaram-Taylor, Trauma and Abuse Counselor, United Kingdom
“This webinar [with Bessel van der Kolk] . . . disseminated information that I had not heard as succinctly or clearly in the past . . . Van der Kolk gave many concrete examples of interventions to calm the physiology . . . And there was so much more packed into this one hour that connected the dots for me. This was truly an enriching webinar; I’m so happy I tuned in.”
– Louise Del Maestro, LCSW, Annandale, VA
“Another webinar packed with solid content. Pat [Ogden] was incredible – covered so much with clarity, and examples from her work. Many thanks to Ruth and NICABM for this whole series. Having completed the formal teaching component of my training, these sessions reinforce and add to my learning and practice. My Wednesday evenings at 10pm will not be the same!”
– Sue Brierly, Senior Trainee Integrative Child Counselor, Lancashire United Kingdom
If you were able to share some of your thoughts with everyone on one of the comment boards (or our blog), thank you for your participation. Having the involvement of caring people like yourself makes our programs more than just a webinar series, and into a real community of practitioners.
If you’ve seen the series, what parts stayed with you the most? Have you applied anything from the series in your practice yet? Please share your experience in the comments below.