• Dissociative Phenomena in the Everyday Lives of Trauma Survivors
  • Interest in dissociation, as a mental ability and as a set of symptoms secondary to trauma, has re-vitalized in the past ten years following a one hundred year hiatus between the work of Janet and the work of the pioneers in the field of trauma in the 1980s and 90s (van der Kolk, 1997; Putnam, 1999; Chu, 1998). Although we have a better understanding of dissociation now than we did ten years ago, it is still a very controversial subject in the field of mental health because it is so routinely equated with Dissociative Identity Disorder. As a result, even experienced clinicians miss the frequent more subtle presentations that appear in our offices on a daily basis. If we look instead to understand dissociation as we would any other mental state phenomenon, we will begin to see that all human beings dissociate, and much of our dissociativeness is adaptive....

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences Video
  • Dr. Vince Felitti presents the results of his ground breaking study on adverse childhood experiences. No study has had greater impact on the understanding of the impact of developmental trauma on adult psychological and medical pathology and age of death. Being aware of these findings is crucial for work....

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder & Beyond VIDEO
  • Dr. Ruth Lanius, from the University of Western Ontario, discusses the broad physical effects of adverse childhood experiences and their role in posttraumatic stress disorder. An overview of the neurobiology of posttraumatic stress disorder is presented as well as implications of findings on attachment and intergenerational transmission of trauma....

  • Trauma Reveals the Roots of Resilience — Fosha
  • After September 11, a friend sent me the following quote from Hemingway, a gift I want to share it with you."The world breaks everyone and afterward some are strong at the broken places." I cannot think of a better way to capture what our aim is than to say that through our work, we try to help our patients –and ourselves-- become stronger at the broken places. In the process of doing the work, we also sometimes discover amazing places that have always been strong and were never broken. Not so infrequently, in the course of dealing with tragedy, with destruction, with misfortune, and evil, we are taken aback by the miracles that we are privileged to witness. Steeled for the worst, we encounter the best. It is not only that some are strong at the broken places; it is also that, through trauma, others become strong, and discover they’re strong in ways they never knew. For sometimes trauma awakens extraordinary capacities that otherwise would lie dormant, unknown and untapped. Without the trauma, they would never see the light of day....

  • Exposure To A Traumatic Event Does Not Automatically Put A Person On A Path To Develop PTSD: The Importance Of Protective Factors To Promote Resiliency
  • This article presents a principle that is essential to building a wellness approach that uses public health prevention strategies to prevent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other psychiatric disorders that come from exposure to trauma. First, we learn that exposure to a traumatic stressor does not automatically put a person on a path to develop PTSD. Second, scientific documentation is provided that protective factors decrease the risk of being exposed to a traumatic stressor from generating PTSD or other disorders such as depression and suicidal or violent behavior. Finally, a theoretically-sound, evidence-based, common sense model is offered as a "directionally correct" way to ensure that at-risk populations obtain protective factors to prevent a potential traumatic stressor from generating poor health and mental health outcomes....

  • On Trauma – Allan Schore Group
  • Following a summarizing introduction by Allan Schore Richard Carr presents a case vignette that demonstrates the clinical relevance of a construct that is now central to stress models in biology and neuroscience, allostasis. This concept, the process by which physiological stability is maintained in the face of change, has not yet appeared in the psychoanalytic literature, thus highlighting the import of Carrs contribution. This is followed by an article in which Jane R. Wheatley-Crosbie focuse...

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