Your Passion: Coherence and Trauma Stewardship

Ahead of Trauma Research and \”burnout concerns\” stand insightful activists for change who continue to contribute despite the systematic oppression that seems crushing. Today I’m giving you two solid groups whose work may help you to rescue, click ed re-kindle or re-energize your outreaches.\n\nIn my career of over 40 years in the health care field I’ve watched many developments — some positive, and others not positive. Whether those were in western Science, Traditional Oriental Medicine, or other Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) models for understanding Life, behind the work are human beings. With new understandings of Neuroscience and brain function variations it’s becoming more evident that the human beings who make up the worldwide \”Human Family\” are increasingly under a variety of \”oppressions\” and their responses depend upon what they understand to be their natural birthright and innate capabilities.\n\nAs human beings we are \”hard-wired\” to be both Pessimistic (alert for what might kill us) and also to be deeply affected by Relationship (with childhood care-givers or the Tribe around us in later life). When things \”go wrong\” for us or those around us we enter into the territory that now is being described as Trauma or Trauma Spectrum.\n\nWhen a person is traumatized, there are many dynamics possible. You can search online for the ongoing development of how to understand the effects of trauma.\n\nFirst resource: Trauma Stewardship Institute. When you are the one who observes the traumas of others and you want to make a difference, sometimes the time and attention ends up with you feeling less than positive, less than hopeful. To the left is the cover of the recent guide to being in the middle of the action but not forgetting your bigger picture: Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others. The publishing of this book is a team success of the Trauma Stewardship Institute [their site].\n\nThe author now heads a team of practical educators of how to survive and more when working with traumas. The site describes her work, \”…she began a journey of inquiry into the lasting effects on individuals and groups of exposure to the suffering, hardship, crisis, or trauma experienced by humans, other living beings, or the planet itself. She offered her first version of a workshop on trauma stewardship to a group of public health workers in 1999. Since then, she has trained a wide variety of people, including zookeepers and reconstruction workers in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, community organizers and health care providers in Japan, U.S. Air Force pilots, Canadian firefighters, public school teachers, and private practice doctors. She has worked locally, nationally, and internationally. Laura is known as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure…\” [The full page with more information.]\n\nHer interview by David Van Nuys, Ph.D., caught me by surprize when I heard her skill at staying grounded despite the many oppositions by institutions that can seem bent on destroying people’s autonomy (my take on what she said). She is very practical about dealing with what people see, and \”metabolizing what they are witnessing,\” such as loss of species, Katrina, fires, and more. Here is the Shrink Rap Radio interview [link]. In the interview she gives some of the guidelines that are in the book.\n\nI’m especially glad to see the details about her work in the Pacific Northwest because I consider Seattle to be a kind of spiritual home for me: \”…Laura lives in Seattle, Washington, holds a master of social work degree, is an associate producer of the award-winning film A Lot Like You, and was given a Yo! Mama award in recognition of her work as a community-activist mother.\”\n\nSecond: Coherence Psychology Institute. This is the cover of the book by team members of the Coherence Psychology Institute who offer trainings in Coherence Therapy.  [Their site.]\n\nThis approach was discovered as the background structure for the successes occasionally experienced with several psychotherapy methods. Of note: their research shows that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and some other methods are not useful for the kind of deep healing that is possible. For details of why the \”blaming\” and pathologizing approach that is part of CBT and others that demean the innate intelligence of the different parts of a person’s inner structure, you can listen to the interview  by Dr. Van Nuys. [Link to Unlocking The Emotional Brain with Bruce Ecker, M.A.]\n\nI’ve attended the workshop that Bruce Ecker and Sara K. Bridges, Ph.D., presented at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium recently. They have constructed a very impressive set of learnings that can enhance the practices of psychotherapists and others (their certification for training is available for licensed psychotherapists). The key to understanding the occurrences of success with the various approaches is understanding the concept of Memory Reconsolidation. This is a powerful method that I’ve experienced myself, so I highly recommend that you find someone who is trained in their approach or understands why it is so much more healing than the \”old school\” of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and similar approaches. [They are constructing a Referral Directory.]\n\nComing to a close: Because I trust that each person has the creativity and inner capability to learn on their own [my blog: Living Inside the Box: Your body as temple] I now invite you to explore those two resources. They will help you honor your own passions and give clues that will help you build your own autonomous groundwork for living life on your own terms.\n\nOther starting points of learning that are passions for me that may be of interest to you are: AcuGraph digital meridian imaging | FlexAware neuro-structural rehab and fitness | Kinesthetic Medicine | Amen Clinics Brain-Directed Solutions.

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