Brain on Trauma: Unpacking the Neurobiology of Pain

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Trauma-Informed Care encourages practitioners to understand the roots of trauma—the impact of a traumatic event or events on the body, brain, mental health, and our wellbeing.   The word trauma means “wound,” which captures the impact of a traumatic experience or experiences. As practitioners, when we’re empathetic, engaged, and compassionate toward those we serve, we […]

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The Echoes of Pain: Understanding Generational and Intergenerational Trauma

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Some folks may have a knee-jerk reaction to the words “intergenerational trauma.” How can the traumatic experiences of one generation be passed down or experienced by those who haven’t shared the same experiences?   However, social research has shown that generational and intergenerational trauma very much exists. Ancestral pain and family history can continue to

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How Reflective Supervision Can Increase Retention

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Quiet Quitting, Loud Quitting, The Great Resignation, Coasting Culture and so on—these are symptoms of a nonplussed workforce. Being an “employer of choice” is widely desired. We support the programs, agencies, and systems we serve to achieve that goal, in part, through onboarding their leadership team to Reflective Supervision. As someone once said, “Employees don’t

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What We Can Do to Combat the Effects of Loneliness

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Recently Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared loneliness to be a health epidemic. The effects of loneliness and isolation are very real and devastating for many. But there is hope. By building human connections through social interactions, we can reverse the trend.   Here’s what we can do as professionals to help clients and colleagues combat the

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Recovering from Gaslighting with Effective Trauma-Informed Care

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We see people with a wide range of experiences. It’s common that some people we encounter in our work are recovering from gaslighting—a term that has grown in awareness in recent years. Trauma Informed Care (TIC), can help guide us to be supportive of those we serve who are recovering and healing through gaslighting experiences.

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Well-Beingness: Caring for Your Whole Self on the Journey to Equity + Inclusion

We’ve previously discussed the vital importance of wellness for human service professionals. Not only does a focus on self-care reduce burnout and turnover, but it helps you better care for the people you serve.   We’ve shared service provider wellness skills adapted from our Healing-Focused Care model on our last Ripple blog. Today, continuing on

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4 Tips for Minding Your Own Wellbeing as a Recovery Coach

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Wellbeingness is vital for those working in many different fields, but for those in human services, and especially recovery, minding your own mental health is critical. If you work in recovery support services, you likely know that burnout and exhaustion are very real concerns.   So, how can we be aware of our own mental

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Validation vs. Affirmation: What is the Crucial Difference?

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In Motivational Interviewing, you may hear the term “affirmation” frequently. In Motivational Interviewing, we use affirmations vs. validation or confirmation. What’s the difference between affirmation and validation? Is it just a matter of semantics?   As we explore the techniques of Motivational Interviewing, we can learn how to affirm and hold space for those we

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