Tag: 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

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

Got Barriers? Improving Access to Mental Health Care for Children and Adolescents

Guest author: Melanie Washington, MSW, MPH, PhD    If it were not for social work interventions I had as a child, my life trajectory may have been completely different.  I am eternally grateful for those individuals who, with moderate intervention, helped to shape the individual that I am today and be a part of what … Continue reading Got Barriers? Improving Access to Mental Health Care for Children and Adolescents

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

Trauma-Informed Medical Care? Not at my doctor’s office…

Yep, this topic is one of my passions: trauma-informed medical care, trauma-informed systems of medical-care, and the problem of its frequent absence in health-care settings. I have met some wonderful, compassionate medical professionals. Yet I routinely encounter those whose attitude and behavior causes patient anxiety, emotional distress, fear, and is sometimes psychologically retraumatizing. Even though … Continue reading Trauma-Informed Medical Care? Not at my doctor’s office…