PTSD

Use of Trauma Informed Practice In Our Daily Practice of Psychology

Our Trauma Informed Program is a  combination of Mindfulness practices and Trauma Informed Practices.

Objectives for the TIP Program:

  • Promoting Mental health through the lens of Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome’s (PTSD) symptomology
  • Offering appropriate clinical treatment programs with focus on Emotion Regulation and Empowerment
  • Teaching and encouraging use of Mindfullness and Self-Awareness as part of the practice of clinical counselling
  • Having worked with survivors of sexual abuse for years and having offered clinical counselling to a large number of people, it is my learned professional practice that Trauma is in the background of all mental health issues.

Over the years of Clinical Counselling, Social work, and Rehabilitation, Poran Poregbal have come to learn the importance of offering a safe therapeutic space to all clients.  Trauma is the backbone of all pain and suffering, while we experience it and deal with it differently.

The TIP program and trainings in this path is a lens to comprehend the etiology of our clients’ anxiety, depression, and mental health challenges.  According to the TIP Guidelines by BC MHSU system of care, 76% of all Canadians have experienced one or more format of trauma. This number in our immigrant population must be higher, considering the fact that many people will not report past traumas as a way of “coping” and / or “forgetting.”

It is our professional experience that trauma is a big part of the onset and provenance of all mental health issues. Our clients are reporting stories of trauma, loss, grief, separations, anxiety, distress, and helplessness.  Our clients are victims of crime, domestic violence, sexual abuse, physical abuse, torture, rape, and trauma in general.

 

Trauma is being defined as experiences that overwhelm an individual ability and capability to cope with the aftermath of the felt sense of threat.  Trauma is understood differently across cultures and communities. Stigma attached to the notion of victimization and victimhood disables some communities to deal with the effects of trauma.  Working with women, men, youth, and children who have been victims of various formats of abuse, we recognise the need to have the trauma lens in order to offer the best treatment for the felt pain and distress.

Our TIP approach enables us to realize the immense impact of trauma on our clients’ pathways and style of life.  

By understanding the phases of trauma recovery, we manage to offer our clients a safe space in which they could learn grounding and soothing skills.

Our Interns and students learn to appreciate the Trauma Informed Practice since enhancing practitioners use of this approach is believed to improve mental health is our communities.

A

  • Window of Tolerance
  • Phases of Trauma Recovery
  • What is Trauma? Fight / Flight/ and Freeze Responses
  • Trauma, the brain, and why we feel the way we do
  • Traumatic stress Inventory (common effects of Trauma)
  • Awareness: What does it mean (and what could it mean to you to become more aware?
  • Common Fears/ Hopes/ and Wishes about become more aware
  • Dissociation: the difference between dissociation and self-awareness
  • Awareness Exercise about personal Dissociation Process
  • Triggers: What they are, and why you can do and More ways of Managing them
  • Developing Dual Awareness

B

  • 5 to 1
  • Grounding: an Overview; Grounding Exercises for Healing Trauma(Center of gravity exercises)
  • Personal Grounding Awareness
  • Felt Sense: Body scan and Comfort Exercises
  • Felt sense Exercises: “Being and Body”, and “Flying”
  • Containment
  • Self-Soothing Strategies
  • Mindfulness of the Breath
  • Safe / Comfort Place Imagery, using Stone/ Crystal for calming / grounding cue
  • Tree exercise and diaphragmatic breathing
  • Body talk balance exercise

Reference:

http://bccewh.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/2013_TIP-Guide.pdf

The PTSD Workbook by Mary Beth Williams & Soili Poijula (2002)