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In effort to continue to build community for and around survivors of PTSD, ITTC is making a concerted effort to expand our support and processing group offerings. Here is the list so far!
Ongoing DBT Groups: Wednesdays at 3pm
Mindfulness Group: Monday at 10:30am
Seeking Safety: Saturday at 2:00pm
Art Therapy Groups: Tuesday 9:30am – 11am
Group Acupuncture: Every other Wednesday at 5:30pm
Please email our Office Manager for more information or to sign up for a group:
Starting Monday October 30th at 6pm ITTC will be offering group acupuncture. Acupuncture can aid in a variety of mental and physical health conditions, restoring a balance of energy. Body work such as acupuncture can be a great complimentary treatment to mental health services, so be sure to call our front desk to reserve a spot.
Trauma happens on many social levels including very intimate violence, to car accidents, to terrorism, to genocide (and many other levels in between). Following the visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial as well as talking with Rwandans about the recovery process, we have discovered many parallels in terms of how trauma manifests, when symptoms show up, and what kind of response is effective.
People in this country who survived the genocide have spent the last 20 years rebuilding their country as well as trust between people. The children who were orphaned have grown into adulthood and, while life is clearly not easy for many, there is movement beyond their horror and loss. Re-integration between survivors and perpetrators is occurring now and very strict laws are in place to eliminate racial division (which have been very effective by the way); these two things must occur together in order to prevent further violence. Rwanda has done an excellent job in the first phase of recovery from trauma. Naturally I cannot help but to compare.
Trauma therapists know that there is a certain recipe for recovery that is necessary to lift ourselves out of our past. Here is a general description:
1. Safety must be established first. Basic needs must be met.
2. Acknowledgement that the bad thing happened.
3. Validation that the bad thing was indeed bad and any kind of associated grief is appropriate.
4. An appropriate response must be offered. Responsibility must be appropriately assigned.
5. A plan for justice, reconciliation, forgiveness, letting go must be developed.
Generally if a trauma is acknowledged, that is the first necessary ingredient for moving towards trust (in others and in safety). Often in the United States, we get stuck here. It is very difficult for us to acknowledge the bad thing without blaming the survivor or denying it all together. Unfortunately a survivor of some sort event is often put on a timeline for recovery, is blamed for what happened to them, are not believed, and of course the other ingredients can only be added if the basics are addressed.
Rwanda has been able to do several things that has allowed the country to move towards healing. The first, as mentioned before is the acknowledgement that racial division is dangerous; it is not allowable to identify people based on ethnicity. One Rwanda One People. The second is responding appropriate by building community and helping people in concrete ways. There has been a significant effort to provide justice to survivors at a community level; survivors have a voice in that process and it is very intimate. As a result, Rwanda is now the safest country in Africa and has crime rates lower than the majority of states in the U.S. Citizens are required to give back to their community every month (it’s the law!). As a result, Rwanda is spotless; there is no trash anywhere! Rwanda’s economy is stable and strong and growing. There are laws supporting women~for example there must be a certain percentage of women in governing positions. Leveling the playing field between ethnic groups and gender has fostered a very stable and growing economy; one of the strongest in region.
Rwanda has figured out how to recover and thrive following a very recent and horrific tragedy in their country; we can all learn from what they have done.
In addition to adding trauma-informed yoga groups, we will also be adding a trauma process group. This group, led by our amazing clinician Sophie Toolen, will provide participants with an opportunity to explore how the past may be currently impacting their present, connecting to others in the process.
Please click on the link for further information:
Trauma Group Fall 2017
We are excited to announce that we will be offering a four class trauma informed yoga series in early September. These classes will be held by our new clinician, Natasha Salemme LMHC, who specializes in yoga therapy. This four class series aids in releasing stress and trauma held in the body while teaching participants how to use movement in their daily lives to reduce stress. This series combines yoga philosophy, neuroscience, mindfulness, and asana (movement) while teaching skills, including meditation, mindfulness/grounding tools, along with breathing exercises to calm the body and mind.
For more information:
TRAUMA -INFORMED YOGA – ITTC
**Please note that this four-class series will also be held at our Vancouver location. Refer to the Vancouver Integrative Counseling website for more information.
Join our Clinical Director, Sarah Dobey, for her Art Therapy Workshop for survivors.
Art is a way of expressing without words and sometimes words can feel either inadequate or inaccessible. Engaging creativity in a safe, warm context can in itself be healing.
Inquire within if you are interested! These groups are ongoing.Art Therapy Workshop
Athena H Phillips, LCSW, will be offering a workshop on the assessment and treatment of DID next month.
Workshop is appropriate for students and professionals in a mental health or related field.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot!
Join us this May for a workshop on working creatively with a very gifted population: those living with Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Presenter: Athena H Phillips, LCSW
Art Therapy Workshop-2 in April.
We will use mixed media to provide a safe, fun, opportunity to map your internal family. The product will be adaptable and will be helpful in conversation treatment providers, friends and family. Attached is the flyer.
Contact Athena@traumacenternw.com for more info.