WE SHALL OVERCOME
Arizona Trauma Institute Blog
by krista.bennett@aztrauma.org
2w ago
Injured, But Not Defeated   There, in an ancient text lies a statement of profound truth, with far-reaching implications. It reads, “*But the more they were oppressed, the more they increased…* (Exodus 1:12).” More than 4000 years later this hope finds a renewed expression through Rev. Charles Tindley, a Methodist Episcopal minister and songwriter, whose father was a former slave and who grew up in a community of former slaves. In 1901, he wrote the lyrics to, “We Will Overcome.” A little more than 40 years later, black women working in factories in South Carolina were advocating for a $0 ..read more
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A BETTER WAY TO INTERACT WITH NEURODIVERSITY
Arizona Trauma Institute Blog
by krista.bennett@aztrauma.org
2w ago
Using The Salutogenic Approach   Neurodiversity is complicated and often misunderstood. Oftentimes, people with neurodiversities are wrongly labeled or stigmatized—sometimes even by those who are close to them. There’s a better way to interact with these individuals by using a salutogenic approach. This approach prioritizes understanding, compassion, and acceptance rather than stigma, traumatization, or disenfranchisement. The salutogenic approach focuses on actively seeking out and responding to positive aspects of daily life experiences. It considers both individual assets, resources a ..read more
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THE HARM CAUSED BY A NARCISSISTIC MENTAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
Arizona Trauma Institute Blog
by krista.bennett@aztrauma.org
1M ago
How The Drive For Organizational Efficiency Destroys Trauma-Informed Care   I sat in a meeting of leaders from a variety of nonprofits that provide services to the mental health community. The meeting progressed, and as it did so a stunning feeling of disappointment filled me. As I listened to their conversations over and over again it came back to how an organization can be efficient, how do we bill effectively, and the discussion of how to work with highly vulnerable people was lost, or perhaps actively avoided in the narcissistic self-interest of the mental healthcare system. “…these l ..read more
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CHANGE CHALLENGES US
Arizona Trauma Institute Blog
by krista.bennett@aztrauma.org
2M ago
AND CHALLENGES CHANGE US   It is true we grow from meeting the challenge and many live for the adventure that accompanies change, but there are those who are quickly overwhelmed when their expectations are met with surprise. Even those who like to be astonished and live for daring excitements have their limits. All of us appreciate when our days are predictable and routine enough to support what we want.   Our thinking and our training have programmed us to deal with change by stopping the bleed, reducing the pain, and returning to the status quo. The presumption is, that the quicker ..read more
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REFOCUS ON FAMILY STABILITY
Arizona Trauma Institute Blog
by krista.bennett@aztrauma.org
2M ago
Home is the foundation of a healthy life, including mental health… …and no other instrumentality (therapy or social services) can take its place nor fulfill its essential functions. Many professionals in the mental health field provide services for youth and children. Unfortunately, many of those services are provided from the point of view that the problem is within the child, or a deficit in thinking, emoting, and behaving rather than focusing on stabilizing the home environment. Much of the treatment of children is delivered to alleviate the impact of poor home environments. The real lesson ..read more
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THE SALUTOGENIC ASSET-BASED APPROACH
Arizona Trauma Institute Blog
by krista.bennett@aztrauma.org
3M ago
A New Approach to Helping Others   In the early 1970s, cognitive psychologist George Kelly developed the idea of expectancy, which posits that WE TEND TO GET MORE OF WHAT WE FOCUS ON. This theory has important implications for those of us in the helping professions. All too often, we focus on the problems and weaknesses of those we are trying to help—but Kelly’s theory suggests that this focus does not actually lead to transformation. If we want to help others grow and change, we need to adopt a new approach—one that focuses on human potential and assets rather than weaknesses. This appro ..read more
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TRANSFORMATION OF THE HEALER
Arizona Trauma Institute Blog
by krista.bennett@aztrauma.org
4M ago
From Adversity to Asset-Based Thinking   THE FIELD OF COUNSELING IS SHIFTING. For too long, the focus has been on what is wrong with the client. This deficit-based thinking has served to pathologize clients and label them as damaged goods. However, a new movement is emerging that is focused on helping clients move from a place of adversity to one of strength. This asset-based approach highlights the competencies and strengths that clients already possess. In this new way of thinking, counselors work to build upon these strengths to help clients reach their full potential. This shift repre ..read more
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SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE HIGHLIGHTED
Arizona Trauma Institute Blog
by krista.bennett@aztrauma.org
4M ago
Trauma, toxic stress, and histories of adversity all have this in common, they are directly linked to a person’s physiology and at the center are stress biochemical hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, noradrenaline, and testosterone. Our hormones are an essential factor in our body’s capacity to resist or run away from threats and real danger. Back when you and I were infants, our experiences with parents, caregivers, and other adult-like figures shaped our brains’ ability to deal with stress. When we were hungry, in need of a diaper change, unable to sleep, or just needing to be held, the ho ..read more
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BUILDING TOWARD RESILIENCY
Arizona Trauma Institute Blog
by krista.bennett@aztrauma.org
4M ago
A LOOK AT THE INTIMACY BETWEEN FREEDOM, COURAGE, AND FEAR   It takes courage to be free. Courage is what allows us to break away from the patterns that our past has set for us, whether they are behavioral, emotional, or just simply the way we think. It is fear, or our inability or unwillingness to face our fears, that keeps us entrenched in those patterns. It might be fear of the unknown, fear of failure, or fear that someone will say, “I told you so.” Freedom, courage, and fear are all intimately linked to one another. We know it takes courage to gain freedom and to keep it, and we unde ..read more
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WHY I DON’T BELIEVE IN THE PSYCHIATRIC IDEA OF RECOVRY
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by krista.bennett@aztrauma.org
5M ago
When working with clients who have experienced trauma, it is important to keep in mind that the goal should be increasing capacity and transformation, not simply recovery. The medical model of recovery assumes that people can go back to the way things were before, but this is often not the case for those who have experienced trauma. Many of those trauma clients have never had a “good” circumstance or situation that would be restorable, it is massively poor or totally devoid of positive history, so they have no positive status quo unto which they can return. They may have experienced traumas an ..read more
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