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Lancaster County ACEs & Resilience Connection (PA)

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.

Round-up of self-care resources

The subjects of vicarious or secondary trauma and self-care for us as "helping professionals" is sometimes treated in trauma trainings as an afterthought  - an "oh, yeah, we should probably say something about that too!"

But, as airline flight attendants say, we must put on our own oxygen masks first, so we can be effective in our efforts to assist others. So, it's essential that we pay close attention to our own risks and warning signs that we may be experiencing vicarious or secondary trauma and its impacts, and be intentional about practicing good self-care.

Here are links to some good self-care resources & resources for developing/strengthening resilience:

Body work/techniques: - go to "Research" then "Emergency Kit" download

Dealing with the Effects of Trauma: A Self-Help Guide (SAMHSA):

Family violence prevention resources (The Amazing Brain Institute for Safe Families):

General mental/emotional health resources:

Mindfulness meditations (MARC)

Resilience Scale (Devereux Foundation)

Resilience/stress reduction techniques (Greater Good in Action):

Self Care Wheel (Olga Phoenix):

Self-care resources and apps:   http://trauma.jbsinternational...urces.html#Self-Care

Supporting someone who is coping with trauma (clear, simple, straightforward advice for family and friends!):

Writing to Heal (James W. Pennebaker):
Article from Psychology Today about the basic technique:


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