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Dustin's idea to volunteer to work with trauma survivors is a good one. There are, however specific trainings you can attend to go to that deal with trauma and loss. The first is the Upledger school of CranioSacral therapy. It starts with direct cranial work for the CST 1 and 2, and then the third and fourth classes are SomatoEmotional release 1 and 2. After the first level of SomatoEmotional release you would be eligible to take CADD (CranioSacral Around Death and Dying, taught by Don Ash, which also covers loss, such as the trauma of loss of a limb. These classes deal with locating and releasing the restrictions in people's bodies that occur during trauma, whether emotional, physical, and verbal.. There is also Heart Centered Therapy, offered by Alaya Chikly as part of the Chikly Health Institute, which is a verbal dialoguing technique that is very helpful to clients, but is defiantly not psychotherapy. It helps clients locate where trauma is held in their own bodies and to dialog with it with the therapist's help. There is also Somatic Experiencing, as developed by Peter Levine. Another course of study is Dr Barral's Visceral Manipulation course. The first level, Abdomen 1 teaches liver, stomach and Intestines release, which is very helpful, because anger and the feeling of security in the world are held in these organs. I specialize in trauma release, and with the exception of Somatic Experiencing, As a trauma survivor myself, I have studied and use all of these therapies and find them very effective.
Hello Martha & all,
I was happy to find this group and be able participate in discussions with others who are also working with abuse and trauma survivors. My main focus is working with women and children who are survivors of abuse.
Myself, I have provided hands-on touch therapy and education with shelters for domestically abused women and children, parents who are trying to regain custodial rights of their children, children who have the effects of PTSD, abuse (physical, verbal, sexual, emotional), neglect, and children who live in care settings (foster, orphanage, displaced, homeless and abandoned).
My courses are for healthcare professionals (body workers, massage therapists and healthcare staff) who work or wish to work with pediatric populations to further their healthy growth and development.