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Thursday, June 15 • 13:30 - 15:00
Reconceptualizing Narratives of Trauma and Healing - Lisa Richardson, Diana Canant, JoAnne Seviour

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Reconceptualizing Narratives of Trauma and Healing

Abstract #278
Title: Reframing Trauma to Reduce Risk: Collaborating to Achieve Lasting Impacts for Youth
Lisa Richardon (Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies, USA)
Co-Author: Denese Shervington
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and differently impacted survivors according to their age, gender, race/ethnicity, and income. In 2014 New Orleans was named among the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, despite the fact that people of color, particularly youth, continue to report untreated trauma and exposures to violence.
Methods: From 2012-2015 (n=1355) IWES implemented an emotional wellness survey with participants in our school-based sexual health education program. Youth were age 10-16, 41% male, 58.1% female and 89.3% identified as African American. The survey assesses symptoms depression, PTSD, and suicidality as well as exposure to violence and access to basic needs. Crisis assessments are conducted with students who meet criteria for further intervention and referrals are provided to outside resources as necessary. De-identified results of the emotional wellness survey are shared with school leadership to document the needs of their student population and to develop strategies for trauma-informed services.
Findings: Results show 17% worry about housing/having enough food  and 29.5% worry about not being loved The strongest correlations are between these worries and youth depression, PTSD, and suicidality, although violence exposure is alarming (38% are exposed to to domestic violence, 39.3% witnessed a shooting/stabbing/beating, 54% know someone who was murdered).

Abstract #310
Title: Traumatized people can help each other.  In a safe setting, they resolve their stories, mutually heal, and restore community resilience.
Presenter: Diana Canant (Ardicare Inc., USA)
Introduction: With a shift from the authority of experts to the innate wisdom of individuals and communities the traumatized become our most powerful resource. The observation was made that anyone desiring better conditions can learn and apply an educational and integrative learning process that effectively restores connection and resilience.
Methods: Relying on historic fundamentals from experts in the field of traumatology and using a non-proprietary, non-religious, non-medical, person-centered, evidence-based approach, we have been teaching individuals in traumatized communities how to work with each other in pairs to explore, resolve, and integrate their experiences.  One –Instructional Learning Phase (taught by program facilitator): The workshop teaches knowledge, skills, structures, and scripts that create safety in which life issues and trauma can be addressed. Two – Integrative Learning Phase (supervised and monitored by program facilitator): Participants work together in pairs within a strict structure of safety, applying what they have learned.
Findings: Implementations: High School, Church Group, Domestic abuse ACEs, General Trauma groups. Psychometrics: PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Happiness, Self Concept, Dispositional Resilience. Quantitative: Marked increased scores on positive scales and decreased on negative scales sustained after 6 months and 1 year. Qualitative: Quality of life improvements, desired behavior changes, increased community involvement.

Abstract #298
Title: Shake, Rock and Roll – Embodied Trauma Considerations for Researchers and Practitioners
JoAnne Seviour (Dalhousie University, Canada)
 Growing evidence from the fields of neuroscience and body based therapies demonstrate the effects of trauma in the body, as well as the mind.  Incorporating body based therapies can complement traditional cognitive and psychotherapies in building resiliency. However, working with body-based therapies can often be a trigger for people whose physical boundaries have been violated. This paper will summarize research of evidence supported, body based, practices in treating trauma; providing practical considerations for researchers. It will also serve as a guideline for informing clinical practice. The body responds to traumatic events by hard wiring the sensory input related to the event, while the nervous system remains on continuous alert for signs of threat.  When any sensory input is received that corresponds to the event, the body kicks into action activating the sympathetic nervous system also know was the fight or flight response. Through advances in neuroscience we know that the cognitive brain responsible for language and abstract thinking shuts down during the flight or fight response and the emotional brain takes over for self -protection. Body-based therapies have proven to be effective in reprogramming the emotional brain to respond to current input rather than reacting to past experiences. Exponential improvements in resiliency can potentially be achieved when combining therapies to work both the cognitive (mental) and emotional (body) based approaches.
Methods: The paper will review the relevant research on body-based practices and their efficacy in treating trauma. Based upon a summary of the research, recommendations will be made for incorporating body-based practices into research and clinical practice.  
Findings: Understanding the research and neuroscience of effective body-based practices can help inform the design of future research and assist practitioners in improving patient outcomes. 

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Diana Canant

CEO, Ardicare Foundation
I have compiled and developed a community program that is showing itself to be extremely effective. The potential of this peer-to-peer community-based model is that we can leverage the most abundant resource there is: the traumatized themselves. The connection of those with "lived... Read More →

Lisa Richardson


Joanne Seviour

Dalhousie University

Thursday June 15, 2017 13:30 - 15:00 SAST
Room 10 Century City Conference Centre