Updated: Jul 15
Hello! It's been a couple of years, probably, since I have posted anything here. And what a mighty difficult couple of years it has been personally and collectively. I'd love to write all about it but the truth is my dust is only just starting to settle and it feels good to see familiar bunnies and motes and letting them be where they are. Consider it a step towards trauma-informed self-care.
That said, I received some nudges to get back into the swing of things; an inquiry from a professional who is seeking Trauma-informed RMTs in the KW Guelph area with training to work with those who are recovering from intimate-partner violence lead to a social media post asking the RMTs Ontario Collective Brain who else is out there? This resulted in inquiries from several people about how to get started on this journey, people who are starting but a bit lost, and one query: when will you be starting an FB group and social media project to get this stuff out there?
It warms my heart that so many people are hungry for this knowledge. As a person living at the professional + personal crossroads of trauma and trauma-informed care, I can't tell you how much it means to me that folks want this. A dream of mine from 5 years ago is coming true DESPITE the hardships the last 2 years have handed me. Perhaps it is time to begin cultivating that flame within me to push the movement forward, again, only this time with WAY MORE self care.
Anyway, all that to say, I haven't given up, I've just had to change pace. For anyone interested, one of the keys for trauma-informed care is good self-care, a skill set that is new-ish to me but highly desired and ruthlessly employed. I say no to a LOT of things these days as my own recovery is my number one priority - putting on my own O2 mask, you could say.
I thought, though, it would be simple enough to gather together some of the resources I have found and used on my own journey towards understanding life after trauma and what it means to be working with people in a professional capacity for whom trauma has upset the cabbage cart.
This is not a complete list, there are youtube videos I would like to add plus academic resources, but it is a decent enough start.
Good luck, take your time and stay tuned over the next several months as I hope to co-create some cool stuff for RMTs and the Trauma-Informed movement.
PS: are you already embarking on this training? Are you itching to get involved and engage in some sort of leadership to push TIC practices forward into the RMT professional sphere? I will not do this alone. If this is to get done I need a team of people who want to be involved. There's so much to do and a few highlights include promoting TIC in RMT settings, developing educational resources + sharing them, developing practice guidelines for working with a trauma-informed lens, and pushing our professional leadership towards declarative adoption of TIC principles. Interested? Please email me at email@example.com :-)
PDF Guides & Toolkits
Trauma Toolkit -- Manitoba
Handbook On Sensitive Practice for Health Care Practitioners: Lessons From Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Trauma-Informed Practice Guide
Healing Families Helping Systems: A Trauma-Informed Practice Guide for Working With Children, Youth and Families
A Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP): Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services (Prepared by SAMHSA)
Key Ingredients for Successful Trauma-Informed Care Implementation (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach
Trauma & Recovery, Dr. Judith Herman
Seeking Mino-Pimatasiwin, Michael Anthony Hart
The Body Keeps The Score, Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk
Waking The Tiger; In An Unspoken Voice, Dr. Peter Levine
What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, Bruce Perry
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts, Resmaa Menaken
It Didn't Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle, Mark Wolynn
The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and TRauma Treatment, Babette Rothschild
The Deepest WellL Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy, Pat Ogden
When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress, Gabor Mate
The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Ellen Bass
Talking Body Listening Hands, Pam Fitch RMT
Social Media Content Creators
Dr. Glenn Doyle
Trauma & Co
Dr. Arielle Schwartz
The Trauma Project
Connecting the Dots
A Black Female Therapist
Room To Thrive
Somatic Experiencing International
Adverse Childhood Experiences - ACEs
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Trauma Aware Care
Jake Ernst, MSW RSW
Trauma Geek - Trauma and Neurodiversity Education
Trauma Research Foundation
Trauma-Informed Care Conference
Laurier University Continuing Ed Trauma Certificate
Pacific Centre for Awareness & Bodywork continuing ed certificate
Mental Health Fundamentals (CAMH)
Learning to respond to disclosures of sexual violence