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Therapists

Lisa Najavits (trauma and substance abuse)

http://www.seekingsafety.org/

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

http://www.johnbriere.com/

Christine Courtois (treatment for complex trauma and dissociation)

http://www.drchriscourtois.com/

Dan Siegel (neurobiology of attachment, mindfulness and trauma)

http://drdansiegel.com/

Babette Rothschild (body focused treatment for trauma)

http://www.somatictraumatherapy.com/

Ron Siegel (Trauma treatment and mindfulness)

http://www.mindfulness-solution.com/About%20the%20Author.html

Rick Hanson (neurobiology of mindfulness and wellbeing)

http://www.rickhanson.net/

Zindel Segal (mindfulness and relapse prevention for depression)

http://www.camh.ca/en/research/about_research_at_CAMH/scientific_staff_profile/Pages/Zindel-Segal.aspx

Faculty at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies

http://www.mindfulnessstudies.com/about/faculty/

Marsha Linehan (Borderline Personality Disorder treatment)

http://faculty.washington.edu/linehan/

National Institute of Mental Health

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/media/video/linehan.shtml

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

http://www.compassionatemind.co.uk/

Christopher Germer (trauma therapist, developing compassion)

www.mindfulselfcompassion.org

Kristin Neff (researcher, developing compassion vs self esteem)

www.mindfulcompassion.org

Sandra Bloom (Sanctuary Model; Trauma Informed Organizations)

http://www.sanctuaryweb.com/who.php

Downloadable Practices and Resources

Websites for Developing Mindfulness and Compassion: downloadable practices and resources

www.mindful.org

www.getsomeheadspace.com

www.mindfulcompassion.org

www.mindfulselfcompassion.org

www.compassionatemind.co.uk

http://mindfulcompassion.com/Mindful_Compassion_in_New_York/CFT_Practice_Podcast/

Mobile Apps:

www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/stay-connected/mobile-app/ptsd-coach-canada

www.stopbreathethink.org/

Research Links

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

http://www.investigatinghealthyminds.org/

Affective Neuroscience

http://psyphz.psych.wisc.edu/

Mind and Life Institute

http://www.mindandlife.org/

Stanford University-CCARE (compassion training)

http://ccare.stanford.edu/

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

http://www.prevention.psu.edu/people/greenberg_m.html

Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education

http://dalailamacenter.org/

Mindfulness in Schools

http://www.mindfulschools.org/

Center for Mindfulness in Healthcare, Life and Society

http://www.umassmed.edu/Content.aspx?id=43102

University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing

http://www.csh.umn.edu/

Greater Good Science Center; the Science of a Meaningful Life

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/

Martin Brokenleg; Reclaiming Youth International

http://www.reclaiming.com/content/brokenleg

US Organizations

US Center for Disease Control data base for ACE Study publications

http://www.cdc.gov/search.do?queryText=ace+study&action=search&searchButton.x=50&searchButton.y=14

US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association

http://www.samhsa.gov/about/topics.aspx

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

http://acestoohigh.com/

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

http://search.nih.gov/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=nih&query=ptsd

National Center for PTSD: Veterans Affairs

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/

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

http://www.traumacenter.org/

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

www.healthrecovery.org

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

http://www.coalescing-vc.org/aboutUs/aboutUs.htm

Canadian Organizations

Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Addiction
http://www.nationaltraumaconsortium.org/

Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse
http://www.ccsa.ca/Eng/Search/Pages/results.aspx?k=trauma

Mental Health Commission of Canada published a report on the national state of mental health service
http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English

Canadian Department of Defense: sources on operational stress injury
http://www.index.forces.gc.ca/

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention; find a list of national crisis centres here
http://www.suicideprevention.ca/

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