*Trigger warning*: I cried last night for the first time in a long time.

*Trigger warning*: I cried last night for the first time in a long time. I was tagged in a post where a woman was bashed by her partner. The mother said police protected the man, not her daughter, who was now in hospital, since she tried to take her life. A brave young survivor whoContinue reading *Trigger warning*: I cried last night for the first time in a long time.”

Genocide In Australia

Genocide in Australia was written by Nathan mudyi Sentence (2020), a Wiradjuri librarian and essayist. This piece is stored at the Australian Museum and is an essential read to understand injustice (i.e. the negative operation of power) and intergenerational trauma (i.e. disconnection): ““Genocide brings to mind Hitler and the Jews, not Australia and Aborigines.” –Continue reading “Genocide In Australia”

What Are The Causes Of Indigenous Suicides?

Dr Tracey Westerman AM: “As an Indigenous clinical psychologist who has spent the better part of the past twenty years working solidly in Aboriginal suicide, I keep getting asked “What are the causes of Indigenous suicides?” ANSWER:I have long been concerned by public commentary on the causes of suicide & the impacts of this inContinue reading “What Are The Causes Of Indigenous Suicides?”

Trauma Informed Care Is Not Going Away

Dr Bessel van der Kolk – Understanding and healing from Trauma: https://www.besselvanderkolk.com Dr Gabor Maté – Human development through the lens of science and compassion: https://drgabormate.com Dr Tracey Westerman AM – Mental ill health and suicide in Aboriginal communities: https://indigenouspsychservices.com.au/about/dr-tracy-westerman/ Dr Kristen Neff – Self-Compassion: https://self-compassion.org Dr Brené Brown – You are your best thing:Continue reading “Trauma Informed Care Is Not Going Away”

Broken Systems And Freedom Within

Why reinvent the wheel? Let’s begin with Joseph Campbell: “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. #HealingTrauma If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s. If you can see your pathContinue reading “Broken Systems And Freedom Within”

Break The Cycle

This week has left me with a sense of bewilderment. On the one hand I feel an enormous sense of love. I also feel inspired we share the truth for justice. Along side so many talented minds, including former Prime Ministers, #HealingTrauma current politicians, journalists, teachers, medical experts, lawyers, professors, scientists, healers, poets, artists, adventurists,Continue reading “Break The Cycle”

Power Threat Meaning Framework

This piece lets Australians see what a trauma informed response to sexual abuse or rape inherent in power structures looks like. This piece might trigger you. If it does please call Lifeline on 131114, or for any emergency, call 000: #March4Justice “Psychology’s been rightly criticised for ignoring for the social context of mental health difficultiesContinue reading “Power Threat Meaning Framework”

Psychiatry’s Dark Days: Healthy Skepticism

Excerpts from the following paper highlight that we are not necessarily black sheep when we challenge the ‘status quo’. This piece illustrates the need for healthy skepticism and activism to achieve personal, social and political change. #HealingTrauma Out of DSM: Depathologizing Homosexuality: “In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed the diagnosis of “homosexuality” fromContinue reading “Psychiatry’s Dark Days: Healthy Skepticism”

Healing Trauma

Pioneering trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk: “The prevailing brain-disease model overlooks four fundamental truths: #HealingTrauma (1) our capacity to destroy one another is matched by our capacity to heal one another. Restoring relationships and community is central to restoring well-being; (2) language gives us the power to change ourselves and others by communicating ourContinue reading “Healing Trauma”

Perceptions Of Mental Illness

“The term “mental illness” was coined by people who were humane in their inclinations and who wanted very much to raise the station of (and the public’s sympathies toward) the psychologically disturbed from that of witches and “crazies” to one that was akin to the physically ill. And they were at least partially successful, forContinue reading “Perceptions Of Mental Illness”

Powerlessness And Depersonalisation

“Eye contact and verbal contact reflect concern and individuation; their absence, avoidance and depersonalization. The data I have presented do not do justice to the rich daily depersonalization and avoidance: I have records of patients who were beaten by staff for the sin of having initiated verbal contact. Tempers were often short and the morningContinue reading “Powerlessness And Depersonalisation”

On Being Sane In Insane Places

“If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them? While we may be convinced we can tell the normal from the abnormal, evidence is not compelling. A great deal of conflicting data exists on the reliability, utility, and meaning of “sanity,” “insanity,” “mental illness,” and “schizophrenia.” As early as 1934, Benedict suggested that normalityContinue reading “On Being Sane In Insane Places”

Neuroplasticity

“The idea that the brain can change its own structure and function through thought and activity is, I believe, the most important alteration in our view of the brain since we first sketched out its basic anatomy and the workings of its basic component, the neuron. #HealingTrauma For four hundred years mainstream medicine and scienceContinue reading “Neuroplasticity”

What Is Trauma Informed Care?

What is Blue Knot Foundation’s vision for a trauma-informed world? Want to become trauma-informed? https://www.blueknot.org.au “Trauma-Informed Practice is a strengths-based framework grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma, that emphasises physical, psychological, and emotional safety for everyone, and that creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control andContinue reading “What Is Trauma Informed Care?”

Psychobiology Of Attachment And Trauma—Some General Remarks From A Clinical Perspective

“Early representatives of psychoanalysis argued that the roots of human social motivation are primarily physical and sensory (hunger, sexuality) and that satisfaction and/or frustration of these needs lead to the infant’s initial approach to the mother. John Bowlby (1907–1990) strongly opposed this theoretical approach. Based on numerous empirical observations he developed a different theory: theContinue reading “Psychobiology Of Attachment And Trauma—Some General Remarks From A Clinical Perspective”

You Are The Hero Of Your Story

“Oliver Sacks made patients the heroes of his case studies, rescuing the clinical anecdote from the margins of medical practice. Visiting the home of an ailing music teacher, Sacks pulled Schumann’s Dichterliebe out of his bag and took a seat at the piano while the patient sang; #Justice4Australia thus discovering that the teacher’s disordered mindContinue reading “You Are The Hero Of Your Story”

Don’t Ostracise Drug Users – Empathise With Them

Dr Gabor Maté was recently awarded the Order of Canada for his work on trauma and addiction. The following is adapted from his book ‘In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction’: #HealingTrauma “From Abraham to the Aztecs, ancient cultures exacted human sacrifices to appease the gods – that is, to soothe theirContinue reading “Don’t Ostracise Drug Users – Empathise With Them”

The Power Of Vulnerability

Dr Brené Brown: “When I was a young researcher, doctoral student, my first year I had a research professor who said to us, “Here’s the thing, if you cannot measure it, it does not exist.” And I was like, “Really?” and he was like, “Absolutely.” #HealingTrauma And so you have to understand that I haveContinue reading “The Power Of Vulnerability”