Free Resource on Healing Psychological Trauma

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A new, free-to-use guide to the healing of psychological trauma is available to download. It comprises information, approaches to healing and resources together with links to selected clinicians, organisations, projects and support groups.

 

 

You can download the pdf here: Healing Psychological Trauma

It is designed to make a useful contribution within the developing field of trauma-informed services to the training and support of staff across a range of institutions whose work can be impacted by trauma, and via self-help material, to trauma sufferers themselves.

It is the outcome of a collaborative research project coordinated by Ann Jordan (educator, social justice campaigner and researcher) which aims to address some of the failings of current treatments of psychological trauma.

“It offers some viable alternatives to the predominantly biomedical model,” explains Ann. “The focus is on actual healing v. treatment. This compilation is not prescriptive or exhaustive; there is plenty of scope for development and further research findings will be incorporated.”

“Following my early professional work in education and training, I have for the past 20 years conducted research in the areas of cultural diversity including cross-cultural counselling, and conflict resolution/peace-building, publishing two works: ‘Improving Cross-Cultural Understanding’, a training resource manual; and a book, ‘Hidden Voices; working creatively with conflict’, personal stories from grass-roots peace-builders.

During this work, and also having witnessed at first hand in various contexts trauma’s debilitating effects, I became increasingly interested in exploring aspects of psychological trauma and how its effects might be mitigated. including childhood, collective and intergenerational trauma. By 2009, I considered that it was essential to have a clear and full understanding of what psychological trauma exactly is and what it does to people -individually and collectively.

I began the early part of the research via reading the literature, attending training courses and conferences and some basic outreach work. Outreach and collaborative engagement have been a key element from the start, with first-hand experience enhancing knowledge and understanding, and personal contact widening the scope and validity of the research work.”

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MITUK’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for fundamentally re-thinking theory and practice in the field of mental health in the UK, and promoting positive change. We believe that the current diagnostically-based paradigm of care has comprehensively failed, and that the future lies in non-medical alternatives which explicitly acknowledge the causal role of social and relational conflicts, abuses, adversities and injustices.