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Trauma Education Video Series: Understanding Our Response to Trauma (Part 1)

All human beings respond to traumatic experiences with the same set of strategies — activating responses, like flight and fight, and paralyzing responses, like freeze and collapse-submit. When a person experiences trauma, their body and mind use this set of strategies to respond the best way possible at the time of the trauma. We hope that this video can help you grow compassion for all the ways your body and mind, or those of someone you care about, adapted in order to survive.

Here are some resources for more information:

Transforming the living legacy of trauma: A workbook for survivors and therapists, by Janina Fisher

Trauma and recovery: The aftermath of violence – from domestic abuse to political terror, by Judith Herman

Waking the tiger: Healing trauma: The innate capacity to transform overwhelming experiences, by Peter Levine and Ann Frederick

The advanced master program on the treatment of trauma, by the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine.

The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk

These videos are meant to provide information of a general nature, not advice. Consult with an appropriate professional when dealing with specific situations.

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