Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, author of the groundbreaking book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma, recently spoke to a sold out audience of clinicians and community members as part of The Avielle Foundation’s Brainstorm Experience in Newtown, CT: a community that was deeply traumatized in 2012 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. Dr. van ker Kolk’s talk, fully featured here offers valuable information for parents and caregivers of traumatized or stressed young people. Well worth a watch. Just click on link above.
“The research showed that a biological marker of an infant’s ability to regulate stress was influenced not only by the amount of stress the child’s mother experienced during pregnancy but also by a mother’s life course experiences with stress.”
In the midst of caring for young people who are struggling, it’s easy to forget in the midst of medical and therapeutic treatment, the immense healing power of storytelling. The Fiction of Being is a lovely piece on the value of our stories.
“Just as the mind is said to be a terrible master but an excellent servant, story is not meant to be in charge. If we remember who is telling the tale, the story won’t be living us. The witness is our reality check, watching the passing show like a wise man on the banks of a river enjoying the flood of experience.”