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Trauma Informed Principles through a Culturally Specific Lens (pdf)

This document attempts to define the core principles of trauma informed work through a culturally specific analysis. The content of this resource is primarily intended for culturally specific, communitybased organizations and seeks to provide practitioners with accessible language to describe the trauma informed/culturally specific overlap of their work. In our experience at Casa de Esperanza, as a national technical assistance provider, we come in contact with many culturally specific...

Trauma Playbook: Using the Family Systems Trauma (FST) Model to Address Safety and Trauma

Too many teenage boys and their parents are trapped in an outdated model of masculinity. What we are missing is a model allowing for fear, grief, tenderness and the day-to-day sadness impacting us all. As a result, teenage boys are experiencing a profound sense of loneliness and isolation. Isolation leads to depression which, in turn, manifests itself as aggression, anxiety and anger. Using techniques from his book, Treating the Traumatized Child: A Step-by-Step Family Systems Approach...

Virtual Book Club: Treating the Traumatized Child

Join co-author Scott Sells and your colleagues for a monthly discussion of family trauma tools and techniques from Treating the Traumatized Child By Scott P. Sells, PhD and Ellen Souder, MA LPCC-S. • Each month, the group will discuss 2-3 Chapters of the book with Dr. Sells. • Book Club is free, however, participants will need to purchase a copy of the book . • Participants will need to prepare for the meeting by reading the chapters in advance. • Chapters to be read will be announced at the...

Dr. Seuss, Resilience, and the Science of HOPE By Chan Hellman, Phd. and Casey Gwinn, J.D.

One of the bestselling children’s books in history is Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” It will soon celebrate its 30th Anniversary. The 1990 classic includes this line: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” We love to challenge children and adults to say it out loud and repeat it over and over. This summer thousands of children will chant it in Camp HOPE America, our camp for children impacted by domestic violence.

ACE Fact Sheets to Give Your Doctors, Patients & Beyond (free downloads)

I was first inspired to create a fact sheet summarizing the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) after reading a comment in “Got Your ACE score?” A reader wished she had a form to give her doctor that documented the vast body of evidence explaining how early trauma increases risk for chronic physical and mental health conditions and much more. I could relate.


In June it was reported that Heroin is now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50 years old. The article reported that 144 people will die from accidental overdose today. When you add that to the statistics regarding suicide: 121 suicides are completed a day, including 22 of our veterans, and also the fact that, for every one suicide completed, 25 are attempted, which equates to 3,025 / day = 3,146 suicides completed or attempted EVERY day in the US. For perspective, there are...

It's Not Always Depression, a New Self-Help Book that Offers Hope and Healing

This month It’s Not Always Depression was launched by Random House. I’m sharing it with you because it is full of important information on how to understand emotions, work with the scars left from adverse childhood experiences, and move towards calmer and authentic living. Recently, I was interviewed by Jill Karson, a member of this wonderful community. Here's a quote from our interview: "It is my pet peeve that our society provides us no formal education in emotions and how adversity and...

Webinar Series – Putting Trauma-Informed Care into Practice: Lessons from the Field

Health policymakers and practitioners increasingly recognize trauma as an important factor that influences health throughout the lifespan. By incorporating trauma-informed approaches to care into their practice settings, provider organizations can more effectively care for patients and support efforts to improve health outcomes, reduce avoidable hospital utilization, and curb excess costs. This two-part Center for Health Care Strategies webinar series will explore innovative strategies for...

Elevate Montana - Helena Affiliate and "trial run" of new trauma-informed curriculum for churches

To date, over 80 copies of the curriculum Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks: a six week study of trauma-informed ministry and compassionate care for children from hard places and situations have gone out around the country. Released this past spring, most have ordered it to preview the materials prior to utilization this coming fall. So, while feedback has been positive, there have been few users with specific comments related to how their teaching experience has gone (because, well... they...

Parenting, PTSD & ACES / Live Chat Event

The next online chat event in the 2017 series is fast approaching. Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 (10 AM PST / 1 PM EST) Topic: Parenting, PTSD & ACEs. Guests: Dawn Daum & Joyelle Brandt are parents, writers, advocates and trauma survivors. Together, they edited the forthcoming Parenting with PTSD anthology and created an online community for parents recovering from childhood abuse. They educate mental health, human service and other professionals about the challenges and lived...

What is Complex Trauma? A Resource Guide for Youth and Those Who Care About Them

This new resource from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network is hot off the presses! This Guide was developed for youth who have experienced—or know someone who has experienced—Complex Trauma. Older youth, adolescents, and young adults can explore the information in this Guide on their own to help them better understand Complex Trauma and the effects. Clinicians, caregivers, and other adults can also use the Guide to have conversations with youth about Complex Trauma and about the...

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