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Lisa Najavits (trauma and substance abuse)

John Briere (compassion from a Buddhist perspective and trauma treatment)

Christine Courtois (treatment for complex trauma and dissociation)

Dan Siegel (neurobiology of attachment, mindfulness and trauma)

Babette Rothschild (body focused treatment for trauma)

Ron Siegel (Trauma treatment and mindfulness)

Rick Hanson (neurobiology of mindfulness and wellbeing)

Zindel Segal (mindfulness and relapse prevention for depression)

Faculty at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies

Marsha Linehan (Borderline Personality Disorder treatment)

National Institute of Mental Health

Paul Gilbert (neurobiology, shame and developing self-compassion)

Christopher Germer (trauma therapist, developing compassion)

Kristin Neff (researcher, developing compassion vs self esteem)

Sandra Bloom (Sanctuary Model; Trauma Informed Organizations)

Downloadable Practices and Resources

Websites for Developing Mindfulness and Compassion: downloadable practices and resources

Mobile Apps:

Research Links

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

Affective Neuroscience

Mind and Life Institute

Stanford University-CCARE (compassion training)

University of Pennsylvania, Promoting Mindfulness in Education; teachers, students and parents

Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education

Mindfulness in Schools

Center for Mindfulness in Healthcare, Life and Society

University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing

Greater Good Science Center; the Science of a Meaningful Life

Martin Brokenleg; Reclaiming Youth International

US Organizations

US Center for Disease Control data base for ACE Study publications

US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association

Aces Too High: A website dedicated to linking information from various sources to explore the impact of childhood abuse and its prevention

US National Institute of Health: A source on national initiatives and links to research

National Center for PTSD: Veterans Affairs

Trauma Justice Resource Institute (Boston): Source for information/research on developmental PTSD, treatment options, including yoga and neurofeedback

Institute for Health and Recovery (Cambridge, Massachusetts): Offers a template for developing trauma informed organizations

Coalescing on Women and Substance Abuse: A site for projects focusing on women trauma and substance abuse

Canadian Organizations

Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Addiction

Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse

Mental Health Commission of Canada published a report on the national state of mental health service

Canadian Department of Defense: sources on operational stress injury

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention; find a list of national crisis centres here

How Do I Support Someone Who Has Experienced Trauma?

As a support to your loved one you may feel helpless, confused, frustrated and at times overwhelmed about what to do and how to help. It will be important for you to become familiar with the common effects of trauma as well as the recovery process. This will help you to better understand your loved ones struggles and allow you to reassure them that what they are experiencing is normal and common after trauma.

What Can I Do for My Loved One?

  • Become informed about trauma and its effects
  • Validate your loved ones feelings, whatever they may be
  • Practice patience, understanding and compassion – for your loved one and yourself
  • Never place blame on the person who has been traumatized
  • I appropriate, encourage your loved one to connect with a therapist
  • Plan for crisis situations – get help if the person is suicidal
  • Accept that there may be changes in your relationship as they heal
  • Respect the time and space it takes to heal
  • Avoid forcing cheerfulness on them
  • Do not force forgiveness of others on them
  • If your loved one was abused, it is normal for you to feel anger but try not to overwhelm them with it
  • Do not patronize – acknowledge your loved one’s strengths and ability to survive and heal

What Can I Do For Myself?

  • Learn about the effects of abuse and the recovery process
  • Set your own boundaries and limits
  • Find someone to talk to – perhaps consider connecting with a counselor
  • Be aware of your own feelings and needs – these need not be put on hold until your loved one has sufficiently healed
  • Find a balance between spending time together and time apart
  • Prioritize self-care, relaxation and fun
  • Learn to use calm, open and respectful communication skills