Posts Tagged Trauma Informed Care and Practice

Creating a new voice

Creating a new voice

One morning in 2009 I was sitting in the psych ward, working out ways to kill myself, when something unexpected and creative happened to reawaken my lost hope.

I was being plagued by a terrifying voice in my head. I thought I was evil and had to be destroyed. The psychiatrist had ignored what I wanted and needed and was putting me back on medication and forcing me to stop my trauma therapy. I was despairing. In the midst of this seemingly inescapable torment, I was visited by someone who showed me a way out. Something unexpected, creative and new.

I wonder if there is anyone who could job-share with the judge? You know, so he’s not so alone? Could you create another voice to work with the Judge?

Trigger warning: This article talks about self-harm, suicide and child abuse, although it does not go into detail. It may be distressing for some people to read.

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Join a research project & help improve our knowledge about trauma and mental health

A Melbourne research project is looking at how mental health services ask about and respond to trauma for people who hear voices. Hopefully research like this will help our mental health services become better at responding to trauma.   Are you interested in adding your story to this research? You can become a participant of the project if: Kath Sellick, the researcher, is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, and she is a past colleague and current friend of mine. Kath is a passionate advocate for a better mental health system that respects diversity, and I think she […]

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Forget the can of worms. Safe first steps for trauma recovery (Part 2 of 2).

Forget the can of worms. Safe first steps for trauma recovery (Part 2 of 2).

How to start working with trauma safely and gently

 
Are you thinking about addressing past trauma?
 
Trauma work can be profoundly healing. But it can also be painful and distressing, so it can be helpful to think carefully about trauma work before you start.
 
This is the second of two articles that shares strategies for how to start thinking about trauma in ways that are gentle and safer. Topics in this article include:
 
7. Learn to brake and accelerate
8. Pick the right support people
9. Impacts on others in your life
10. Your goals for the process
11. Tell your story – or don’t – choice comes first
12. Learn the facts about trauma and its impacts

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Forget the can of worms. Safe first steps for trauma recovery (Part 1 of 2).

Forget the can of worms. Safe first steps for trauma recovery (Part 1 of 2).

Are you thinking about addressing past trauma?

 
Trauma work can be profoundly healing. But it can also be painful and distressing, so it can be helpful to think carefully about trauma work before you start.
 
This is the first of two articles that shares strategies for how to start thinking about trauma in ways that are gentle and safer. Topics in this article include:
 
1. How to be safe, now.
2. How to pick the right time.
3. How to go slow and start small.
4. How to master coping skills, and why they matter.
5. Options about medication.
6. How to plan for your emotional responses.

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Talking about trauma can feel really, really hard. But it can get easier.

Talking about trauma can feel really, really hard. But it can get easier.

The ordinary response to atrocities is to banish them from consciousness. Certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable. – Judith Herman, 1992 Over my years of working in mental health services to promote trauma informed practice, many professionals have expressed surprise – sometimes even disbelief – about the exceptionally high rates of trauma prevalence amongst people diagnosed with mental health conditions. They tell me that hardly any of their clients ever talk about trauma. Some tell me that they already ask their clients about trauma, but people […]

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