This coming Sunday on 60 Minutes, Oprah Winfrey will be featured interviewing the amazing national childhood trauma expert, Dr. Bruce Perry. See the preview here. If you are not familiar yet with the study done two decades ago linking Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEstoohigh, ACEsconnection) to both emotional difficulties and physical illness, with the long-term wise, informed voice of Dr. Bruce Perry, and with the national movement within various jurisdictions and institutions to become trauma-informed, please make sure you watch the interview.
And if by chance, you are someone devoted to activism, appalled by today’s political ‘climate’ – last November, the Washington Post published, “At Yale, we conducted an experiment to turn conservatives into liberals. The results say a lot about our political divisions.” Please read it here.
We need to understand that traumatization changes the inner state and subjective sense of the world. It can both deaden us so that we do not fear the thing we should, and cause us to feel threatened by the thing that is actually benign (e.g. sometimes that “rattle snake” on the hiking trail is actually just a stick).
Calm the fears and the political discourse will shift. To calm the fears, heal the trauma.
We have many events coming up in April. Please check out the calendar of events at the bottom of this email.
In the spirit of Ubuntu,
Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
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A Screening of “Human Flow” – GWC Peace Studies Program (a pre-conference event) — save the date!
Thursday, April 12, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Connecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences — tickets on sale now!
Sunday, April 15, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Peace and the Global Economy: Emerging Issues & Practical Solutions – 12th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference
Friday, April 20, 8:30pm – 5:00pm
An Evening with Carl Wilkens: Beyond Genocide, Respect-Empathy-Inclusion (REI)
Wednesday, April 25, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Intro to TRE: Connection, Compassion & Community
Saturday, April 28, 6:00pm – 9:00pm