Last night members learned that trauma is not in the event but in the nervous system at Bernadette Talia’s Somatic Experiencing event. The top down approach of traditional therapy doesn’t always resolve the underlying issue clients are coping with. It may support their coping skills however the body and it’s physical response to stressful events we experience also needs to be expressed.
When the body goes through stress the energy gets stuck in the body and as Bernadette said, “You’re all dressed up with no where to go.” One foot is on the gas while the other is on the brake. How often do we see clients stuck like this? The goal is to negotiate stress and trauma in the body. When things occur that dis-regulate we then need to re-regulate back to homeostasis. Teaching clients the language of sensation through felt sense and orientation(environment) support this stabilization. Once this is achieved, clients can connect the cognitive layer. SE Powerpoint
On Saturday, May 13th, Hannah's House, Jewish Family Services & SD-CAMFT presented SCREENAGERS to a group of professionals and parents! We had over 60 people sign up for the afternoon session and many questions about how to address screen addiction in our youth, families, schools, and communities. Clinicians reviewed the need to assess thoroughly for a screen use disorder and ruling out other diagnoses. Sometimes a screen addiction can look like depression, a learning disorder, ADHD, or Autism. There is a thickening of the brain that occurs with overuse of screens. Teens are highly susceptible to digital damage due to their brain being underdeveloped. They do not have the filters and impulse control that adults do which is why it's even more important to make sure that their time is structured after school and at home. If not, they will get sucked in. Parents, need education regarding how to support their teens, need to model appropriate use, and provide universal family rules around screens. The community and schools needs to step up and support one another with additional activities for our youth to engage in.
Spring Social: Cupcakes and Conversation
On Tuesday, April 25th, SDCAMFT hosted its first social event of the year! Delicious food and drinks were enjoyed by all at Babycakes while having interesting conversations about career goals, interests, and stories. We hope this event provided a great opportunity for everyone to meet some new people and expand their network. We will work to have more of these great events for everyone.
Trauma and the Body