Category: Trauma

Trauma-Informed Organizational Change Manual

In January 2019, the UB School of Social Work Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC) released its free Trauma-Informed Organizational Change Manual, designed to help organizations and systems plan for, implement and sustain trauma-informed culture change. According to ITTIC authors, "the manual begins with a conceptual overview of the different components of a trauma-informed … Continue reading Trauma-Informed Organizational Change Manual

If You’re Hungry,  We Feed You: Food Gnomes TEDxBuffalo video – Matthew L. Schwartz

If You’re Hungry, We Feed You: Food Gnomes TEDxBuffalo video – Matthew L. Schwartz

“We only have one question: Are you hungry? If the answer is yes, then we feed you.” - Matthew L. Schwartz We are thrilled to share this inspiring ten-minute TEDxBuffalo video by Mathew L. Schwartz, MBA,  LMSW, about the Food Gnomes innovative project to feed people who are hungry! The project is based in Buffalo, … Continue reading If You’re Hungry, We Feed You: Food Gnomes TEDxBuffalo video – Matthew L. Schwartz

Men and Trauma: 5 Dynamic, Solution-Focused Questions to Use in Therapy

Guest Author: Daniel Lawson, LMHC, CASAC             “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” -  Karl Jung Jung penned these words in 1965, and I find myself returning to them often in my work. The intention of this blog post is to provide … Continue reading Men and Trauma: 5 Dynamic, Solution-Focused Questions to Use in Therapy

When Veterans and Their Families Come for Help: What Service Providers Need to Know

Guest author: Erica Zulawski, MS, LMSW Through my personal and professional experience with veterans, I have come to understand the unique needs and challenges some male and female veterans experience when readjusting to civilian life. Many veterans say that the military has forever changed them, especially if deployed to areas of combat or conflict. When … Continue reading When Veterans and Their Families Come for Help: What Service Providers Need to Know

Improving the System for Our Loved Ones: A Mother’s View of Addiction and Services

Guest author: name withheld for confidentiality The day before Christmas, I received a phone call from my oldest son asking me to pick him up on a downtown corner in a risky neighborhood. He gets in the car wearing sunglasses even though the day is dark and cloudy.  My inner alarm sounds and my heart … Continue reading Improving the System for Our Loved Ones: A Mother’s View of Addiction and Services

Hoarding: the complex slide into clutter blindness

Hoarding is a personal and/or professional issue for many of us. Some have a gift for viewing it compassionately. For others, especially when confronted by family members who are hoarding, it can create revulsion, horror, anger and great sadness for their lack of quality of life. Children may grow up experiencing shame and trauma from … Continue reading Hoarding: the complex slide into clutter blindness

Perfectionism: stalker, hunter, destroyer

Perfectionism, with its burden of dysfunction, guilt and shame, is not always just a client issue. As therapists, supervisors and other human service professionals, we need to be self-aware if this stalker lives within our own mind and body. We cannot help others heal if perfectionism has us by the throat. It will choke our … Continue reading Perfectionism: stalker, hunter, destroyer

EMDR- rapid healing of “small t” and “big T” trauma

The beginning of the end… I recently received a new, unexpected diagnosis when I went to a skilled EMDR  therapist for help with chronic pain: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD- DSM-IV definition and PTSD DSM-5 definition). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based treatment for trauma developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD.  I have a less severe form … Continue reading EMDR- rapid healing of “small t” and “big T” trauma

Therapeutic Relationships: What more do you need?

I spent a day with Scott D. Miller, PhD, watching him training people on the power of the therapeutic relationship and how to assess client satisfaction and outcomes with performance metrics for session and outcome rating tools. Since then,  I have been fascinated by the healing power of the therapeutic relationship and its relationship to … Continue reading Therapeutic Relationships: What more do you need?

Dueling Disorders- the battle inside…

No, the title is not a typo. I know that Dual Disorders   and Co-occurring Disorders  are the correct terms for the combination of substance abuse and mental health disorders. I think a better term to bring home the power of this comorbid brain and body chaos is “Dueling Disorders.”  That’s what killed my brother. The … Continue reading Dueling Disorders- the battle inside…