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Working collaboratively with schools, business, healthcare, government agencies, social services, criminal justice systems, healthcare organizations & faith communities to become a trauma-informed community. We invite all concerned citizens, professionals & advocates to partner with us to raise awareness about trauma & its effects, to build resilience, and offer hope & healing.

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TIC Take Five: Five Senses Grounding Technique

This pandemic has aroused a swirl of really difficult feelings for virtually everyone. We may be feeling afraid, angry, anxious, confused, depressed, helpless, overwhelmed, sad, terrified, vulnerable, or any of a host of other emotions. Simply acknowledging what we’re feeling, allowing ourselves to feel these things, without judgment, is an important part of self-care. As I told the students in an online class I taught a few evenings ago: Please know this: whatever you are feeling in the...

TIC Take Five: Navigating through Grief: Supports for Ourselves and Others

In an article last week in Harvard Business Review, titled “That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief”, grief expert David Kessler names the multiple types of losses we’re experiencing in the midst of the current global COVID 19 pandemic: loss of normalcy, loss of a sense of safety, loss of work (for some), financial losses, loss of connection. As a result, many of us are going through stages of grief, individually and collectively. “There’s denial, which we say a lot of early on: This virus...

TIC Take Five: Walking: The Best Medicine

“Walking is the best medicine.” - Hippocrates (460 – 370 BC), Greek physician, widely regarded the "Father of Western Medicine" Under our current #StayAtHome orders, one of the few things we can still do outside of our homes is take a walk. And it turns out Hippocrates was right. Modern research has shown walking really IS good medicine - improving our physical health, boosting our immune system, increasing longevity, preventing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression...

Inside the Adverse Childhood Experience Score: Strengths, Limitations, and Misapplications

Many organizations are committing to the work of becoming trauma-informed. One of the early questions that often arises in these organizations is whether to adopt some type of screening or assessment tool to gather information on the trauma histories of clients/consumers/patients/students. Some organizations, after learning about the original ACES Study, consider using the ACES questionnaire or some variant of it as this type of screening or assessment tool. In our trauma trainings, we...

TIC Take Five: The Power of Positive Emotions

“One ship drives east and another drives west With the self-same winds that blow. ‘Tis the set of the sails And not the gales Which tells us the way to go. Like the winds of the sea are the winds of fate, As we voyage along through life, ‘Tis the set of a soul That decides its goal And not the calm or the strife.” ~ poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox, (1850 - 1919) “The Winds of Fate” Researcher, author and professor, Dr. Barbara Fredrickson , has studied the power of positive emotions * such as...

TIC Take Five: Awe: A healing antidote

Awe: a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder. An overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like. Carl Sagan once said, "Every aspect of nature reveals a deep mystery and touches our sense of wonder and awe." Researchers at UC Berkeley have found that "awe — as opposed to joy, pride, amusement, contentment and other positive emotions — is the singular sensation that goes the furthest in...

TIC Take Five: Fingerholds Technique for managing overwhelming emotions and stress

Though we are still in the "early days" of what the experts predict will likely be a long period of profound changes to our everyday lives, I've already (prematurely? ridiculously optimistically?) been trying to imagine what it will be like when we are finally able to return to whatever may become our "new normal." When schools and colleges re-open, businesses that have managed to remain solvent through this crisis resume business, government agencies return to their core functions, human...

The Resilient Professional

Here's the second installment of our monthly series of "curated resources" for our Trauma Informed Lancaster County partners to help keep the momentum going in our individual, organizational and community-wide efforts toward becoming more trauma-informed. Resilience is “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of threat.” (American Psychological Association) But resilience is NOT about just “toughing it out” or “getting over...

Broken Places: a film about trauma and resilience premiering on PBS April 6

On Monday evening, April 6, at 10PM Eastern time, local PBS stations (including WITF in Central PA) will be premiering a film about trauma and resilience titled "Broken Places". The good news is we can all watch safely and with appropriate #SocialDistancing from the comfort of our own homes! (just be careful about who's sitting at the other end of the sofa!) Here's info about this film: "This poignant production represents the culmination of four decades of bringing PBS viewers powerful...

Helping kids cope with anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic

https://lohf.org/helping-kids-cope-with-anxiety-about-the-covid-19-pandemic/ Helping your kids (and you) cope mentally By John Walker (LOHF Board Member) and Adam Biuckians, MD (LOHF Board Chair, Medical Director and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at CSG) How can we take steps to manage our own anxiety over this situation? How should we talk with our kids about this situation? What should we say to our kids about all the school closings? What should we look for in our kids that may clue...

Trauma trainings cancelled in Lancaster thru end of April, 2020

We are committed to protecting the safety of our patients and community. This requires an abundance of caution during the evolving situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). To help limit the potential for unnecessary exposure to COVID-19 in our community, the Penn Medicine health system is temporarily cancelling all public events, including our Trauma trainings at the Lancaster General Suburban Pavilion. At this time, all trauma trainings through the end of April, 2020 will be cancelled. We...

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Take Five: Self-Care in Troubling Times

Our mantra in all of the trauma trainings we conduct is: “Good self-care is not selfish - it’s our professional and ethical responsibility.” Yet, we know that amid the stresses of everyday work, family, and other responsibilities, it can be hard to remember, let alone carve out time, to practice good self-care. The current troubling times and the global coronavirus pandemic have added exponentially to our collective anxiety, with uncertainties, pressures, and worries, including the health...

Department of Counseling and Behavioral Health & Trauma Conference

Thomas Jefferson University's newly formed Department of Counseling and Behavioral Health has generated its first-ever newsletter . If you're interested in trauma-informed training and education , or if you simply want to stay abreast of the work of some great clinicians, researchers, advocates and aspiring professionals, please have a look. The Community and Trauma Counseling program currently has Art Therapy options and is launching two new specializations and certificates this summer: (1)...

Resilience Film Showing and Discussion Carlisle Theater, PA March 18, 2020 5:30 pm

The Carlisle Resilience Collaborative is proud to invite you to attend a series of showings of the documentary, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope . The documentary examines the science of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter...

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