Criteria For Complex PTSD

Criteria For Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder From: Chapter 6: Diagnosing and Identifying the Need for Trauma Treatment, in First stage trauma treatment: A guide for mental health professionals working with women (© CAMH 2003) The diagnostic construct of complex PTSD or DESNOS is not currently recognized in the DSM-IV as a freestanding diagnosis, but is
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Resilience

By Angela Englander This article gives a quick overview of resilience as it relates to the therapeutic process. Resilience is the ability to recover from traumatic experiences and continue on living a healthy life. Resilience and emotion regulation skills are learned through the social environment as opposed to the physical environment (Van Der Kolk, B.
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A Multi-Phase Safe Trauma Treatment

A Multi-Phase Safe Trauma Treatment    By: Angela Englander June 8, 2015 Phase one: Education about the therapeutic process Discussing goals Making a plan for treatment The client and the therapist form a working partnership and start figuring out how to work together effectively   Phase two: Focusing on emotional competence Emotional awareness Learning about
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Making Sense of Emotions

Making Sense of Emotions By: Angela Englander    May 22, 2015             Primary emotions and secondary emotions are the two categories that emotions are often placed into. Primary emotions occur when the emotion you are feeling fits the situation you are in. Secondary emotions occur when the primary emotion is too scary or painful to experience
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Emotions: Our Subconscious Language

Emotions: Our Subconscious Language By: Angela Englander                                 May 17, 2015 Emotions are one of the most direct ways for our body and subconscious mind to communicate with us. These emotions give us information about our environment, our experience, and what is happening around us. These emotions also give us information based on past experiences, our
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In The Face of Tragedy

In The Face of Tragedy By: Angela Englander March 30, 2015 In our lives there are moments that change us forever, huge moments and small moments. Some of the events have very positive effects such as meeting someone you fall in love with or getting into college. Other events have a very negative influence over
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Trauma and the helping professional

There are so many things that happen in peoples lives that impact their ability to work effectively with children and youth. A lot of times people get into this field of work because of their own childhood and adolescent experiences. Many people also have experiences in their work that change how they relate to clients
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DISSOCIATION: The Search for the Missing Yesterdays

Dissociation is a spectrum of experiences an individual may have after surviving traumatic experiences. The dissociation can range from “spacing out” or not feeling focused to forgetting hours, days, weeks, and years of your life. Dissociation has a bad reputation in the movies and television where it is presented as being a big dramatic experience
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Invisible Discrimination: More than meets the eye

Discrimination has been around since the beginning of time, throughout history we’ve been working to challenge this, we’re integrating people of all different colours and nationalities, we’re working towards gender equality, we’re becoming an inclusive society treating everyone equally… Or are we? People with mental illnesses currently face a high rate of discrimination, this discrimination
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