How to Cope with the Trauma of Terrorism

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Recent terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom has left many around the world grappling with unspeakable tragedy and trauma.

The traumatic effects of terrorism can be significant and widespread, affecting any number of demographics:

  • Survivors of past traumatic events
  • People
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Empathy vs. Sympathy

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When someone is going through suffering, or trauma of any kind, we have a reaction to what they are going through. Our reaction externally, can have a big effect on how that person responds to us or how this will … Read the rest

What it means to ‘sit with your shit’

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Painful emotions, are painful. Bottom line. As humans, we naturally do everything we can to get rid of painful feelings. This can sometimes mean negative and harmful things for us like repressing our emotions, reacting too fast or too irrationally, isolation … Read the rest

Therapists and Compassion Fatigue

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February is Psychology Month, a celebration of the profession and the opportunity to highlight how these professionals work to help people live healthy, happy lives. But what is psychology? It’s a broad field, rooted in science that seeks to help … Read the rest

Upcoming events: Where to catch Kim and Theo over the next while

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If you are eagerly awaiting your next opportunity to hear Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury speak, here’s a list of upcoming events where you can catch them solo or together:

Kim Barthel: 

  • Nelson, BC: Supporting parents, supporting kids.
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CWAR Chat Highlights: Learning to Cope with PTSD

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In case you missed it, yesterday we hosted an amazing discussion and Twitter chat, where Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury joined people across the globe in a conversation about learning to cope with PTSD.

If you happened to miss out this time, … Read the rest

Bringing a Trauma-Informed Approach to School This Year

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Back-to-school time is just around the corner, and while kids may exhibit a variety of personality traits in anticipation for this time (anxiety, excitement, subdued), we may not always know what a child is going through before they walk into … Read the rest

What can I do to cope with my PTSD?

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Whether you experienced trauma first-hand, witnessed it or felt the effects second-hand (common with spouses of victims and/or perpetrators, therapists, first-responders, etc.), the effects of trauma are widespread.

Individuals who survive trauma, or are exposed to it in some … Read the rest

How a Mother’s Love Changes Our Brains

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate all the moms in your life. And you may or may not know it, but a mother’s love is actually responsible for a lot of brain development, studies show.

Studies … Read the rest