What is the Difference between Trauma Informed and Trauma-skilled practice?
Look at the medical model of trauma informed (left) compared to the Trauma Skilled practice (right).
Trauma Informed. Medical Model
Medical model of trauma informed treatment focuses on:
Information, description, understanding, education, possible effects, coping strategies SAMHA
The treatment attempts to provide safety, trustworthy and transparent, ability to collaborate, make choices and take back empowerment.
This may be a mixture of counselling sessions with peer support groups and may require a varying amount of sessions. SAMHA
These approaches focus primarily on cognition, rationalisation in working with the conscious mind. This is less than 7% of the mind. Auburn University This is problemtic when the trauma is located in the unconscious mind and body.
Trauma Skilled Practice is both
Trauma Skilled and Trauma Informed in ONE.
For this Rapid Core Healing is the model.
Rapid Core Healing provides deeply psychotherapeutic healing pathways for sexual abuse and trauma recovery.
A powerful and brief intervention for recovery.
In a session of Rapid Core Healing you will be assisted to:
- Be courageous. Don’t hide. Speak out.
- Be heard, acknowledged, believed and validated
- Transform painful :Emotions, (sadness, fear, anger and rage), visions, bodily somatic triggers and reactions,
- Resolve or transform secondary consequences from:
Negative beliefs and perceptions
Shame, guilt, self-blame, helplessness, hopelessness and low self-esteem. Poor mental health
- Heal the trauma in a non traumatising Experiential process.
Emotional, energetic and self-healing.
- Enabling a process of justice in the mind and heart of the client
The process is an effective, safe, collaborative alliance, that is non-traumatising for deep self-healing. A process is required ideally to be fast, so as to be completed within the session for at least 1 component of the trauma.
The process is about healing and empowerment. A process that enables personal-power, integration and the ability to form new perspectives.
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Some limitations with the
Trauma Informed Medical Model
1 Telling the story can have both positive and negative consequences
Many women and men have been conditioned not to speak up, avoid confrontations at all costs and not to ‘rock the boat’. They are conditioned that to do so may result in being labelled, blamed, shamed, excluded, demoted or sacked. Whistle blowers have a history of being annihilated in Australia.
Many may not have the personal resources, resilience or support to speak up and there are often real and damaging consequences to doing so. Career damage, relationships broken. In addition, statistics show that the legal system is brutal to victims of sexual abuse.
Choosing not to keep an abuse a secret requires courage. Frequently it will not be welcomed by some, or all in your workplace or family members.
However, if the courage in speaking out results in being heard, acknowledged and believed, there may be some relief and a feeling of a job well done.
But if speaking out is not received well, this has the effect of magnifying the traumatic event significantly.
Sexual abuse is a trauma and as with all traumas, the nervous system and the brain have coping mechanisms that switch on automatically to protect, in aid of survival. This is the ‘fight and flight’ response that provides you with the energy to fight or run. If this does not happen, the response is arrested and the trauma is repressed (hidden), so as to allow the person to function in daily life, as best they may. However, the trauma remains embedded in the unconscious mind and body tissues and is frequently triggered involuntarily to somatic responses (irrational emotions and behaviours). These may be triggered by nuances or symbols in everyday life, that may have hidden connections to the trauma. A sound, vision, word, or look are frequently enough to trigger an involuntary traumatic response. Trauma may be at the core of mental health, relationship, self esteem and addictions.
Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (medical model) work with the mind and the story. Frequently unpacking what happened in an attempt to process the thoughts, challenging problematic beliefs and realisations and provide strategies and coping skills to manage symptoms.
This is problematic if the trauma is buried. In revisiting what happened the person is frequently re-traumatised throughout the treatment process (months or years). Further, repeating the story repeatedly can convert it into a deeply entrenched toxic story. One that is deeply ingrained in the psyche and becomes an evaluation of their worth and who they are. This is all highly problematic. Read about the Toxic story in my book Rapid Core Healing
Inefficient trauma processing skills
Working with a counsellor or psychotherapist who may be trauma informed, (does not know how to work with and assist you in resolving and releasing the trauma appropriately and immediately, within each session), may be harmful in exposing you to your repressed terror, fear, anger, shame and a sense of hopelessness.
This is because trauma is locked in the unconscious mind and body and unpacking or exposing it without effective, trauma processing skills has a high risk of re-traumatisation. Exposing trauma without the means without the means to facilitate resolution, release and change, is potentially damaging to those concerned.
Telling the story
Many people gain relief from speaking out and telling their story. It does take courage to expose what has happened in making yourself vulnerable.
The relief may remain for a while, but the core of the deep violation frequently comes out in anxiety, depressive disorders, relationship, sexual problems and addictive behaviour.
Many victims may become advocates of sexual abuse in taking on the role as speaker. This may become problematic when some receive such a lot of attention and admiration in being able to tell their story of abuse, that the story becomes who they are and defines them. Many get trapped in this role and stuck as a hero victim. To go on a journey of deep inner healing may threaten the advantages of this identity. Gaining genuine healing in coming out of being a victim or survivor, may become a secondary gain. This may provide disincentive for recovery.
Peer support may encourage belong, sharing, being part of a group. However, sharing stories of trauma may continually retraumatise or be a source or vicarious trauma and ingrain a state of victimhood, making it harder to grow and move on, particularly if people stay too long.
3 Any of the following, fear, sadness, guilt, shame etc, that is present in a victim, requires resolution and transformation, safely, sensitively, efficiently and effectively and quickly to avoid re-traumatisation, once the client is ready to do so, in order to live a better, fuller and healthier life.
What if the counsellor has experienced sexual abuse or truama in thier own lives?
Some people having expereinced trauma feel driven to become advocates to support others or counsellors to help victims therapeutically. However, their own unporcessed traumas may get in the way in creating emotional entanglements and projections with clients. It is really important that such therapists receive deep personal healing so they are in a stable place to work in this area, so as to offer best outcomes for their clients.
4 A genuine sense of justice is required.
The person may or may not report their abuse. That is their choice and they do need to consider the consequences of each choice. Regardless of this an inner sense of justice is required that enables them to take their dignity back and a sense of personal empowerment. This normally is difficult to achieved through talk therapies.
I see people frequently who have spent years in rape crisis centres, support groups and treatment who come to me as survivors or victims who are still suffering with their trauma that are in a very different and optimistic space after only a few sessions of Rapid Core Healing ( Rapid Core Shift).
See my Book
Rapid Core Healing Pathways to Growth and emotional healing: Using the dual approach of Family Constellations and Emotional Mind Integration for personal and systemic health. Rapid Core Shift Shop
Rapid Core Healing
Trauma Skilled and Informed Rapid Core Healing- Recovery From Sexual Abuse and trauma
Rapid Core Healing is a two pronged modality of Emotional Mind Integration and Systemic Family Constellations
ALL OF THIS WITHIN ONE SESSION AT A TIME.
Complex trauma requiring several sessions in my treatment,
Clearing one neural pathway at a time.
The Brain and the mind can heal
Healing for therapists
Some people who have experienced trauma or abuse in their own lives, may become advocates for what they have experienced or gravitate towards counselling or mental help or crisis centres in their wish to support and assist others. I believe it is imperative that such brave people complete their own recoveries so that they don’t have to experience re-traumatisation with the cases they are involved in their therapeutic work. Many such people achieve this with me and my trainees in engaging with Rapid Core Healing process in only a few sessions so that can continue in their work in a more resilient and sustainable manner. Please contact me to discuss your situation. Contact
Trauma skilled training for crisis centres
I hold training for individuals and am also available for training in crisis orientated organisations in supplying training to update staff in ensuring they are both Trauma and Trauma Informed skilled so that they can provide healthy outcomes for those who seek their help.
If you are part of such organisations and would like to organise some introductory workshops or training for your staff please contact me to discuss some options.