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Archive for the ‘Truama Resolution’ Category

CDCs ACE Study and Unhealthy Development

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The ACES Too High Network

Click the link above to view a google docs powerpoint presentation by Jane Stevens on April 28, 2012.   Jane explained the CDC’s ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Studies, and how different communities are implementing ACE concepts to help children.  The ACE studies prove [show the correlations -ed] that child sexual abuse as well as other types of traumatic childhood events prevent healthy development and have become a public health emergency. 

More about the ACE study

The ACE Study is ongoing collaborative research between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA.

The Co-principal Investigators of The Study are Robert F. Anda, MD, MS, with the CDC; and Vincent J. Felitti, MD, with Kaiser Permanente.

Over 17,000 Kaiser patients participating in routine health screening volunteered to participate in The Study.  Data resulting from their participation continues to be analyzed; it reveals staggering proof of the health, social, and economic risks that result from childhood trauma.

To download the PDF of the presentation click The ACEs Too High Network.

Peter Levine Interview on Trauma Resolution

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Peter Levine, PhD

Peter Levine, PhD

Peter A. Levine, PhD was recently interviewed on the “Dr. Shirley and Steve Show” discussing the use of Somatic Experiencing, the approach to trauma resolution he developed.  The podcast is down the page under podcast archives. See  Peter A. Levine, PhD 2/26/2014.  The podcast can be downloaded.

Trauma is in the body Levine says and trauma resolution works from the bottom up.  That is – the body centered approach bypasses the brain’s neo-cortex.

This hour interview covers the purpose of what he does and the range of issues he has worked with – a military combat veteran, fibromyalgia, turrets syndrome, tics, multiple personality, car accidents, and more.  He also recounts his thoughts as he worked through being hit by a car.

What Disease like Symptoms are Related to Flight/Fight/Freeze

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Dear Community,

On Imagery Internationals LinkedIn group Judith Westerfield asks the question:

Judith Westerfield

Judith Westerfield

Which do you find to be more effective – Hypnosis and/or Guided Imagery ?????

The ensuing discussion on this topic includes some information from Somatic Experiencing (SE™) which postulates that trauma is held in the body and is reflected in the head.

Below is a diagram from the SE training program showing the relationship between the Fligth Fight Response and diseases resulting from chronic stress or the Freeze state.  Stephan Porges Polyvagal Theory which shows the relationship between the dorsal vagal and ventral vegal nerves and helps to understand what is going on in the Autonomic Nervous System and and trauma symptoms often misdiagnosed as disease.

Diane Poole Heller offers a video title “Hardwired to Heal: Overview of the Reciprocal ANS and the Polyvagal Social Engagement Nervous System” which explains the basis for supporting clients working through the freeze state.



Click to download a full size of the poster Stress_Effects.

Military OneSource Guided Imagery

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

MCFP_sealMilitary OneSource offers many free tools for managing the stress of military life.  Chill Drill is a series of audio recordings designed to help with stress reduction.  The audio series is also available in an audio player.  A description of the each recording and a downloable mp3 can be found HERE.

Chill Drill 1 – Overview
Heidi J. Bauer, MSW, LCSW, a therapist specializing in working with service members and their families, presents an overview of her four simple drills to help reverse the symptoms of stress. These drills can help slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and reduce the level of stress hormones in your body. By doing these drills regularly, you can lower your baseline stress level and be better prepared to deal with stress in the future.


May Podcast – Brief Trauma Therapy Using EFTA

Sunday, May 12th, 2013
Jann Fredrickson, LICSW

Jann Fredrickson-Ramus

Brief Trauma Therapy Using EFTA is for Imagery International members.  Lea Bayles, MA our new Programs chair and  Jann Fredrickson-Ramus discuss how Jann determines if a client needs EFTA and how she introduces it. Log into the members section to hear the podcast.

Jann references three websites

Jann Fredrickson-Ramus is a LISCW, master Guided Imagery practitioner and an experienced first responder in her community.  She has come to appreciate the effectiveness of EFTA as a brief early intervention of choice with trauma symptoms.