Some individuals who have had previous trauma may actually relive that trauma through what is called a “flashback.” During the flashback, the person may feel all the same emotions and sensory experiences as in the initial trauma. Using the information below, a trauma victim may be able to limit or stop the flashback.
Today we received sad news of an international incident. From reports that we currently have, a United States soldier is alleged to have entered the homes of Afghanistan civilians and killed 16 people including women and children. At this time there is no explanation given for his acts. The President and military officials are investigating the situation in […]
We have been looking at how we can apply knowledge and principles of trauma in order to help children and adults recover. Many of you who are trying to be more trauma-aware, sensitive and competent in helping trauma victims may not be using trauma sensitive language. Unfortunately, we constantly hear non-trauma sensitive language from families and […]
We are discussing how to apply some of the principles of trauma recovery. Most recently, I talked about ways it may not be helpful to approach someone who has been traumatized. However, it is also important to know what is helpful to a trauma victim.
Once again we have witnessed another catastrophic school shooting. This one took place at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio. The news reported that TJ Lane walked into the school, pulled out a gun and fired 10 rounds into a table of five students, killing three. He has been arrested and is awaiting the next legal steps: incarceration […]
We have been reviewing ways to help children and adults we encounter who may have experienced significant trauma. If you are like me, you want to help. But even if you are extremely trauma-sensitive, you may find yourself in too deep and overwhelmed by the conversation. You may be stepping into a realm where even your best attempts to listen and show […]
As we deal with children and adults who have been traumatized, it seems to make sense that getting them to talk about their experience is a good thing. However, it is very possible that even the best techniques in listening may retraumatize them. Active Listening in a trauma-sensitive way involves considering if a response might […]
I have been writing about trauma and working through a significant amount of research regarding its impact on children and adults. As I bring this subject to a close, I want to spend the next few posts writing about how we can help those who have been victims of trauma and its effects.
One of the most upsetting and tragic realities in our society is recognizing that there are predators who will physically or sexually abuse our children. It is difficult to comprehend that someone could even consider perpetrating some of the violent behaviors that are reported about victimized children. It is a “worst nightmare” scenario for parents concerned […]
It is scary to think that there are individuals who are active in their efforts to traumatize children. I have spoken with a number of families who learned that someone outside their home but in their community was abusing or traumatizing their children—an uncomfortable, unsettling statistic. If we are going to prevent childhood trauma, it is essential that we […]