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Download “Addressing Traumatic Stress brought on by Chronic or Terminal Illness” by Anne M. Curtis, MA, CTSS, RDT (WORD DOC)
Download Parkinson's World Conference Poster (PDF)
Florida Hospital (Orlando) Drama Therapy Video (MP4)
Check out member, Scott Giacomucci's, recent article on psychodrama and addiction/trauma recovery in the Mainline Health Women's Health Source newsletter on page 8 - http://www.mainlinehealth.org/doc/Page.asp?PageID=DOC004136
Dealing with the horror of the Orlando homicides.
ATSS member, Jennifer Wolff's interview with WLTX-TV in Columbia, SC.
Christine Dernederlanden is a long time ATSS member and Certified Trauma Services Specialist from St. Catharines, Ontario. Christine experienced two life altering events as a young person, the tragic loss of her older brother and shortly after that, doctors feared she had developed bone cancer. These events altered her life and as an adult, she became involved in grief and trauma work.
Christine designed a program called H.U.G.S.(Helping Understand Grief Sessions) to help students affected by grief, an Empathy Bear which is a teddy bear that cries and is the award winning author of Where is Robert?, a book that helps children understand and process grief. The kit was used to help more than 6,000 children following the 9/11 attacks. Christine was deployed to Ground Zero a month after the attacks, to aid the families. Where is Robert? is a resource frequently used by police services, victim services groups and other emergency responders. Christine also founded a company, Roberts Press, that has a catalogue of books and resources for dealing with grief and trauma.
For her tireless work in the field of trauma and grief, Christine’s former high school recently recognized her as one of Niagara Catholic’s Distinguished Alumni.
Programs and Organizations
Disability.gov - https://www.disability.gov/
National Institute of Mental Health - https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - http://www.samhsa.gov/
Department of Defense Office of Warrior Care Policy - http://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/
The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute - http://www.traumacenter.org/
PTSD Foundation of America - http://ptsdusa.org/
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress - http://www.cstsonline.org/resources/overview
National Child Traumatic Stress Network - http://www.nctsn.org/
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) -https://www.istss.org/
HelpProTherapistFinder - http://www.helppro.com/
The Sidran Foundation - https://www.sidran.org/
Widener University’s online Masters of Social Work program. This is a resource to individuals who are interested in an MSW program that specializes in trauma. http://onlineprograms.widener.edu/msw/masters-of-social-work
DrugRehab.com - Provides information and a Resource Guide on PTSD and addiction and how the two can co-occur. https://www.drugrehab.com/co-occurring-disorder/ptsd/
Screening for PTSD
National Institute for Mental Health
National Disaster Interfaiths Network
Responding to Mass Casualties
Resources for Survivors and Community Members
- Coping With Grief After Community Violence
- Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma
- Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma: R U A Survivor of a Disaster or Other Trauma?
- Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress
Resources for Responders and Behavioral Health Providers
- SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response Mobile App
- SAMHSA Disaster Kit
- Understanding Compassion Fatigue
- Preventing and Managing Stress
- Identifying Substance Misuse in the Responder Community
- Returning to Work
- Adjusting to Life at Home
Resources for Spanish-Speaking Populations:
- Consejos para el personal de respuesta a desastres: Regreso al trabajo
- Consejos para las familias del personal de respuesta a desastres que regresa a casa: Adaptación a la vida en el hogar
- Consejos para socorristas: Cómo entender la fatiga por compasión
- Consejos para socorristas: Cómo prevenir y manejar el estrés
- Consejos para socorristas: Cómo identificar el abuso de sustancias en la comunidad de socorristas
- Consejos para sobrevivientes de un desastre u otro evento traumático: Manejo del estrés
- Consejos para estudiantes universitarios: Después de un desastre u otro tipo de trauma
- Sugerencias para hablar con niños y jóvenes y ayudarlos a hacer frente después de un desástre o un evento traumático: una guía para padres, cuidadores y maestros
General Resources for Individuals Impacted by Traumatic Events
The Wounded Yellow Butterfly (book) by Linda Diaz, LPC, CTS. Linda is a member of ATSS. The book is beautifully illustrated by Timothy Banks. This book is a wonderful resource for children who have experienced a loss. It is an uplifting spiritual and enchanting tale of a butterfly that survives a perilous storm but is wounded in the process. The wounded yellow butterfly must believe that it can still fly, even with two torn wings. This book offers multiple colorful pages for a child to write and draw his or her own story of hope and friendship.
10% of the proceeds of this book go toward the purchase of a book for a child.
Stress Management Resource: Catholic University of America On Line http://online.cua.edu/msw/online-master-of-social-work The university also has a program resource article on stress management and burnout prevention for health care professionals. The resource provides insight on how to practice long term self-care while working in the mental health field. The resource can be found at: http://online.cua.edu/resource/social-work/how-to-prevent-social-work-burnout
Coping with disaster: Helping children with cognitive disabilities - Impact http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/201/over9.html
Healing after trauma skills (H.A.T.S.) - A manual for professionals, teachers, and families working with children after trauma and disasters - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) http://nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/hats2012.pdf
Restoring a sense of safety in the aftermath of a mass shooting: Tips for parents and professionals - Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (USUHS, CSTS) http://www.cstsonline.org/wp-content/resources/CSTS_restoring_sense_of_safety_aftermath_shooting.pdf
Crisis Response videos from R3C - Link to YouTube series "Inside Crisis"
Life Space Crisis Intervention - http://www.lsci.org/
Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) is a nationally recognized, professional training and certification program sponsored by the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute of Hagerstown, Maryland.
LSCI is an advanced, interactive therapeutic strategy for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors. LSCI views problems or stressful incidents as opportunities for learning, growth, insight, and change. This non-physical intervention program uses a multi-theoretical approach to behavior management and problem solving. LSCI provides staff a roadmap through conflict to desired outcomes using crisis as an opportunity to teach and create positive relationships with youth.
For Help Selecting Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Programs http://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/
Most individuals experience some confusion regarding insurance coverage, state-funded options, private-pay facilities and many other financial aspects that arise when seeking help. The goal of this site is to help spread awareness and help people make informed, responsible decisions in their moment of crisis. The ‘Financial Guide’, ‘Informed Decisions’ and ‘Other Providers’ sections all explain in detail what nearly every other treatment resource avoids explaining. Rehab can be affordable, and there are many effective options other than rehab such as therapy and outpatient services.
PTSD Recovery Meetup Groups - http://ptsd-recovery.meetup.com/
PTSDA is a concept for a peer-to-peer, mentor networking forum to discuss the everyday struggles of living with PTSD (TBI, MST, and other military related issues) and to explore possible solutions with others in a safe and caring environment. This highlights our veterans’ and families’ strengths to work together and care for others at the community level. They are already properly trained and highly experienced to working in teams and helping themselves.
PTSDA is not a clinical program. PTSDA meetings are not intended to be “group counseling” sessions. We do not discuss the details of actual events. Those discussions are best left for counseling or therapy. Many soldiers and veterans, however, attend PTSDA meetings as a supplement to their counseling sessions and other treatment activities. It is envisioned that spouses, significant others (S/Os), and mature family members may want to have their own defined sessions also. All Meetings are strictly confidential, peer run and no-cost to participants. No rank/position; last names, attendance, reports sent, notes, "war stories", command or court-ordered appearence allowed. "PTSD isn't about what's wrong with you! It's about what happened to you!" - Jim Davis, CEO, Veterans for Change
PTSDA wants to: 1) Invite more volunteer mentors and meeting coordinators to serve on PTSDA’s current Board of Advisors, to assist in running the PTSDA web site, and to recon new meeting locations, times and population bases,
and 2)Increase organization-to-organization links and coordination with other community based military/veterans assistance programs willing to support the PTSDA concept.
Visit PSTDA at: www.ptsdanonymous.org/about
Point of View - PBS Documentary on PTSD "Of Men and War", http://www.pbs.org/pov/ofmenandwar/
The H.U.G.S. Program, H.U.G.S. Helping Understand Grief & Trauma Sessions
The objective of the H.U.G.S. Training Program is to address the needs of traumatized and bereaved students who are socially and educationally struggling. The implement of a trauma and bereavement group will address the emotional boundaries that these students are experiencing. Releasing these emotional boundaries will allow these students to resume educationally and emotionally in a healthy manner.
Christine Dernederlanden, CTSS, CTR, is the founder of Robert’s Press Canada’s Grief resource Centre. Christine is the award winning author of "Where is Robert?", the grief kit that aided over 6000 families affected by 9/11/01, "H.U.G.S." Helping Children Understand Grief Sessions and her recent release "Where is My Courage?"
Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR)
STAR is a research-supported trauma awareness and resilience training program that began in 2001. STAR brings together theory and practices from neurobiology, conflict transformation, human security, spirituality and restorative justice to address the needs of trauma-impacted individuals and communities. STAR is for individuals and organizations whose work brings them in contact with populations dealing with current or historic trauma: mental health, medical and legal professionals, clergy, educators, peacebuilders, humanitarian, human rights and development workers -- all those who need to be trauma-informed in order to do trauma-sensitive programming.
STAR offers three (3) comprehensive trauma and trainer-focused trainings that offer CEUs and CE credits. For more information about the program or to register for trauma-focused trainings, please visit: http://emu.edu/cjp/star
Chaplains on Hand
Chaplains on Hand offers 24/7 spiritual comfort and support to anyone, regardless of religious beliefs. It was created for those facing illness and grief and for caregivers. The HealthCare Chaplaincy Network runs the site. Individuals will find information and be able to chat with a chaplain and submit a prayer request. Twelve chaplains from the Catholic, Protestant and Jewish faiths - all board-certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains - are available. According to their motto, they will help anyone, "whoever you are, whatever you believe." To connect with a chaplain, log on to http://chaplainsonhand.org/cms/index.php (or call 844-242-7524 toll free in the US). The service is free.
Apps for Smart Phones
SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response Mobile App (Free) http://store.samhsa.gov
Offers first responders immediate access to field resources for aiding disaster survivors. Has the ability to search for and map behavioral health service providers in the impacted area, review emergency preparedness materials, and send resources to colleagues.
PTSD Coach - (The National Center for PTSD App)
This is a pretty comprehensive, well designed, free app that allows users to pre-select friends & support networks; favorite, calming pictures and music. It offers info about PTS; a self-assessment tool; guided techniques, suggestions for managing symptoms and a place to find resources.The heart of this app is of course the symptom management. It randomly shuffles a breathing exercise; progressive relaxation; some plain but decent ‘positive imagery’; a cognitive behavioral intervention called RID; and quite a few suggestions for distraction, grounding and changing attitude/perspective. Altogether, this is a pretty complex and sophisticated app that offers a lot of strong interventions in a fairly simple, user-friendly way. The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after trauma. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/materials/apps/PTSDCoach.asp
eCBT Trauma -
This ambitious prolonged exposure app allows end users to assess their PTS symptoms, learn relaxation and grounding practices, identify and log their thoughts and feelings, challenge their assumptions and reduce the emotional charge of triggers through progressive exposure exercises. That’s a lot to expect from an app, being as how a lot of prolonged exposure recipients bail on a live therapist, but even if people only do the relaxation and grounding aspects, they’ll be ahead of the game. It also provides access to directories for finding local therapists, support groups and educational information on PTS.
Breathe 2 Relax -
This is an impressive app that teaches about breathing and stress management, offers a demo of diaphragmatic breathing, and guides a deep breathing practice that can be individually set to your preferred music, video scenery, breathing intervals and the like. It also provides a pre- and post-exercise stress rating capability.
T-2 Mood Tracker -
This app encourages better self-attunement and connecting with feelings by allowing end-users to rate their moods, track and graph their results over time, and send or save status reports on any combination of their:
- General Well-Being
- Head Injury
- PTS or Stress
PTSD Eraser -
This app is a simple guided meditation using deep breathing, locating where stress is held in the body, and imagining blocked energy releasing and flowing again. It’s really a simple audio intervention with no interactivity, but it’s decent, non-emotional imagery that won’t trigger unwanted reactions from the listener.
Articles, Information and Additional Resources
Why Do Ski Towns Have Such an Alarming Rate of Suicides?
Social Worker Burnout information - how to practice long term self-care while working in the mental health industry.
Support and Resources for Shooting Victims In Lafayette, LA and other traumatic incidentsTranscendental Meditation – PTSD SAMHSA Disaster Recovery Kit - (Emergency Mental Health and Traumatic Stress Resource)
Arms disaster recovery workers with a toolkit on mental health awareness. Includes materials for responding effectively to the general public during and after a disaster and in dealing with workplace stress. Also includes materials for the general public. Access the Disaster Kit right on your smartphone with the award-winning SAMHSA Disaster App. Learn more and download the app.
Books and Publications
The Art of Grieving The Death of a Child by David Labrum and Judy Jones. Published by St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis, Indiana
Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice -- Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body by Miriam Taylor Therapy with traumatised clients can be fraught with problems and therapists working with these clients seek greater understanding of the specific problems they encounter. Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice weaves together neuroscience research and the experience of trauma, taking a fresh look at how original Gestalt theory informs our current understanding of trauma therapy.
Print ISBN: 978-0-335-26309-7 | EBook ISBN: 978-0-335-26310-3
Sidran Foundation - includes Traumatic Memories Brochure and PsychTrauma Glossary.
David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages - Comprehensive information and resources.http://www.trauma-pages.com/
Coping with violence and traumatic events - resources for caregivers, parents, students, responders and health professionals http://www.samhsa.gov/trauma/
Spiritual Care and Mental Health for Disaster Response and Recovery.
Created from best practices following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Published by New York Disaster Interfaith Services, 2007, The Reverend Stephen Harding, BCC, STM, Editor. Workbook for NYC religious leaders.
Figley, C.R. (1995). Compassion fatigue: Coping with secondary traumatic stress disorder in those who treat the traumatized. New York: Brunner/Mazel.
Maslach, C. (2003). Burnout: The cost of caring. Los Altos, CA: ISHK.
Rothschild, B. (2006). Help for the helper: The psychophysiology of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. New York: W.W. Norton.
Schon, D. (1983). The reflective practitioner. New York: Basic Books.
Stamm, B.H. (Ed.) (1999). Secondary traumatic stress: self-care issues for clinicians, researchers, and educators. pp. 3-28. Lutherville, MD: Sidran Press.
Stamm, B.H. (2005). The ProQOL Manual. The Professional Quality of Life Scale: Compassion Satisfaction, Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue/Secondary Trauma Scales. Lutherville, MD : Sidran Press.
Stamm, B. H. (1997). Work-related secondary traumatic stress. PTSD Research Quarterly, 8(2),1-3.
Stamm, B. H., Varra, E. M., Pearlman, L. A., & Giller, E. (2002). The helper’s power to heal and to be hurt—or helped—by trying. Washington, D.C.: Register Report: A Publication of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.
Van Dernoot Lipsky, L. (2009). Trauma Stewardship: An everyday guide to caring for self while caring for others. Seattle, WA: Berrett-Koehler
Living Life Fully, What is Mental Health?
Mental Health Recovery!
A documentary on the possible causes, effects and potential treatment of PTSD told through the stories of three brave veterans.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Resilience
PTSD resilience (prevention and bouncing back) psychology of trauma. Preventing trauma (resilience training) and managing trauma such as PTSD and recovery with Mark Walsh from Achilles. Practical techniques for preventing and treating psychological trauma are given.