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Developing Resilience

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves “bouncing back” from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth. Below are three videos that provide suggestions on how to build resilience. Everyone experiences loss, but how do you cope with the tough moments that follow? Resilience researcher Dr. Lucy Hone shares three hard-won strategies for developing the capacity to brave adversity, overcome struggle and face whatever may com

Register for "Bouncing Forward: Revitalizing Communities" on September 21, 2020

This year marks the 7th Annual Trauma Informed and Resilient Communities Conference in partnership with Crawford and Erie County Systems of Care and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a special "thanks" going to Peace4Crawford and the Erie Coalition for a Trauma Informed Community (ECTIC) for their dedication and support of the conference. This conference will focus on how individuals, families, and our communities can move forward after a global pandemic by redefining our “new normal,” making sense of the past, and focusing on the future. It will be held on September 21, 2020, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Register Here Featured Speaker Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. COVID19: Helping Children an

Trauma from an Intersectional Perspective: A Webinar from the International Society for Traumatic St

Intersectionality has been a buzzword in the mental health arena for some time, but what does it really mean—and how does it affect the treatment of trauma? Watch this panel of international experts discuss timely issues such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism and how these factors influence the trauma recovery process, particularly when multiplied. We explore how a multiply-marginalized person will experience the world around them, leading to trauma experiences significantly different from trauma survivors of the more dominant cultural groups. ISTSS President Dr. Debra Kaysen moderates this can’t-miss panel. For more information about the International Society for Traumatic Stress St

Evidence-Based Policing is Trauma Informed Policing

Trauma-informed care is an approach used to engage people with histories of trauma. It recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma can play in people’s lives. Trauma-informed criminal justice responses can help to avoid re-traumatizing individuals. This increases safety for all, decreases the chance of an individual returning to criminal behavior, and supports the recovery of justice-involved women and men with serious mental illness. Partnerships across systems can also help link individuals to trauma-informed services and treatment. Why are trauma-informed approaches to criminal justice essential? When justice professionals learn about trauma, they can

A-B-C, Women and PTSD, It’s Easy Like 1-2-3: Medical Trauma, Women and PTSD

What is PTSD? Post-Traumatic Stress disorder, otherwise known as PTSD, is a mental disorder following a terrible or life-threatening event. Reactions to a traumatic event during or after the time of the event is completely normal. This is the body’s way of protecting itself against a perceived threat. Normally, the person will recover from the event and go back to normal weeks later. However, if a person’s reaction to the event is over one month, then they have PTSD. Almost 8% of the general population have PTSD. While 15-30% of trauma survivors will develop PTSD. Veterans have an even higher chance of developing PTSD. Risk Factors For PTSD include: pre-existing mental health issues, famili

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