Monday, March 31, 2008
Pema Chödrön leads a Support Program for Activists
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Traumatic Stress and Resiliency Resources drawn from Military Psychiatry
You can find a wealth of trauma-related resources through the website for the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. Dr. Robert J. Ursano is the Director, and he is a crucial contributor to the military and civilian literature for trauma recovery.
As part of the Department of Psychiatry of our federal medical school, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), the Center was established in 1987 as a public private partnership of USUHS and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine.
One example of the PDF resources that you can find is the Stress Management Guidelines for Leaders.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Greenleaf Integrative Strategies
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and the Rationale underlying Somatic Therapies for Stress
Even if you don’t identify as being “traumatized,” consider that one important definition of traumatic stress is “stress that overwhelms our coping mechanisms for a period of time.” Most of us can relate to feeling overwhelmed temporarily.
Here is a way to get to know psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk's thinking behind treating trauma via somatic therapies. The first paper by van der Kolk (http://www.trauma-pages.com/a/vanderk4.php) is a classic in the field of Trauma and sets the stage for the importance of engaging the body, the physical self, in the context of treatment.
The second piece by Dr. van der Kolk (http://www.traumacenter.org/products/pdf_files/NYASF.pdf) is a very recent look at the neurobiology of trauma and also includes the first of its kind yoga study.
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