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Stonewall Showed the World Our Resilience

NOTE: This blog post was first posted on June 24th on Psychology Today. To access the original post, please click here. As any lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) person can tell you, we sexual minorities are among society’s most traumatized women and men. From the time we’re kids we are abused, beaten up, insulted, rejected, and thrown out of our homes simply because we are not heterosexual or may not conform to traditionally defined gender roles. Sadly, and not surprisingly, being treated like someone who is “less than” can seep inside our minds and hearts. It’s too easy to think we don’t deserve to be treated with exactly the same respect, aren’t worthy of the same legal

“Elder Abuse = Trauma”

What comes to mind when you hear the term “trauma”? For most people, you think about things such as PTSD, natural disasters, death of/serious injury to a loved one, victims of domestic violence, and now in the year 2020, we can all associate trauma with the ongoing global pandemic; not to mention the financial ruin many are experiencing due to the pandemic. But what about trauma with the older adult population? How often do we, as a society think about that? More specifically, what about elder abuse and trauma? Worldwide, nearly one in six older adults experience some type of elder abuse in their lifetime. In this blog I will attempt to enlighten you about the Trauma Informed Approach to

Effects of Resilience and Hope on Parents

Resilience has always been a grounding factor for me. Growing up, I always had a maturity about how I respond to situations outside of my emotional wheelhouse. My mother encouraged this by talking about difficult topics with me and informing me on what is out in the world. I think resilience is grounding for me because my mother always said that we are all human and make mistakes. She believes that is what makes everyone the same: the fact that we can all make mistakes, but what matters is how you pick yourself up. I remember having these conversations with my mom over long car rides or on walks for ice cream, and it always made me feel important and respected. Since those days, I have alway

Trauma-Informed Approaches Requires Us to Challenge Implicit Bias

Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. All humans are susceptible to implicit biases. The implicit associations we harbor in our subconscious cause us to have feelings and attitudes about other people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, and appearance. These associations develop over the course of a lifetime beginning at a very early age through exposure to direct and indirect messages. In addition to early life experiences, the media and news programming are often-cited origins of implicit associations. A Few Key Characteristics of Implicit Biases Implicit biases are pervasive.

Racial Justice is a Principle of Trauma-Informed Systems

As ambassadors of hope, but more so as concerned citizens, we are committed to achieving racial and social equity by contributing to a more just and reconciled society in which community members can heal and realize their full potential. Addressing cultural, historical, and gender issues are one of the six main principles of a trauma-informed approach to care. ​Below is a TED talk by James A. White, Sr., an executive coach and management consultant. The owner and president of Performance Consulting Services in Columbus, Ohio, he helps individuals, groups and organizations recognize their potential, fine-tune their strategic messages and present them effectively. He discusses 50 years of rac

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