The Great Disconnect by David Brown As a professional clinician, I have been ruminating on the possibility that as therapists and other forms of helpers, we often deny our own embedded emotional pain, trauma, shame and vulnerability.  I think we often will use our professional role as a basis for deciding that our best course …

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The Value of PACE in Parenting by Lisa Frede Have you noticed that “parenting as usual” seems to be backfiring with your child? Do you have a child that retaliates with rage and aggression to traditional discipline? Rather than using conventional behavior modification strategies which may trigger rejection and shame (and the big behaviors that …

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What Kind of Smart are You?  Understanding Multiple Intelligences By Dr. Kirk Austin Once upon a time the animals decided they had to do something decisive to meet the increasing complexity of their society. They held a meeting and decided to organize a school. The curriculum consisted of running, swimming and flying. Since these were …

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Anxiety, Physiological Responses and it’s Connection to Complex Trauma By Nicole Fakaua, M.C., R.C.C Sherri was 11 years old and woke up most mornings complaining her tummy ached and had trouble eating her breakfast.  Her foster father Mike noticed that every time they would drive to her visitations with her bio mom, she would rub …

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Compassion and Shame: When Your Best Interventions Seem to Backfire Little Lisa is sometimes crazed with fury and hatred and often directs this toward her foster mom, Susan. Susan has been learning a lot about shame and connection so she understands that Lisa is lashing out at her because she fears being hurt and being …

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Adverse Childhood Experiences and their Lifelong Toll By David Brown & Nicole Fakaua   “I just can’t seem to shake my depression, my sense of failure…my lack of energy…it’s all just so much.  I’ve been on and off antidepressants for most of my adult life, struggle with the rum…I never seem to hit my breakthrough…I …

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Trauma and Culture The purpose of this article is to highlight key considerations when working with psychological trauma from a cultural perspective.  Culture is a broad concept and can be difficult to pin down.  Often culture is understood as ethnicity or race, however it can involve many other facets of identity (or social locations) including …

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“Get away from me!” screamed Tommy. Joan, his foster mother, teared up.  These outbursts were becoming more frequent and no matter how much she tried to draw close to 11-year-old Tommy, he would consistently push her away.  She was at a loss as to how to help him.  Every attempt to affirm, hug and encourage …

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Why Self Care is Essential When Supporting Traumatized Children Joanna has been a foster parent for nearly 20 years. She has cared deeply for all of the children who have lived with her and she has done her very best to help them heal and recover. Lately though, she has been feeling bone-tired. There doesn’t seem to be much joy left, it feels like there is always too much to do and nothing that she is doing with the kids …

“I hate you!” Screamed 6-year-old Lily, her face scrunched up into a snarl. “I hope you die and all your kids die too!” Her foster mom, Jen took a deep breath. Sometimes keeping the attitude of being playful, accepting, curious and empathic (PACE) that Daniel Hughes suggests is key in working with traumatized children felt …

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