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Creating Light with Kelsey


May 13, 2021

On this episode, I share the introduction of my thesis which explores my thought process of wanting to uncover what self-care after trauma truly looks like. I felt lost in how to take care of myself because society seems to just paint a picture of "moving on" like it is this simple process. I was not finding sufficient research regarding lasting healing for survivors, which sparked my interest in creating my own research study. 

Key takeaways:

  • Healing is not linear
  • Time alone does not heal, it is what we do with that time that makes a difference
  • Healing is an ever evolving process
  • Coping by avoiding actually intensifies the current issues we have
  • True self-care is tending to our trauma

 

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Resources:

DiMauro, J. & Renshaw, K. D. (2018). PTSD and relationship satisfaction in female survivors of sexual assault. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 11(5). 534-541. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tra0000391

Gustafson, C. (2016). James Gordon, MD: The potential of mind-body self-care to free the world from the effects of trauma. Integrative Medicine: A Clinical's Journal, 15(2). 54-60. http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.smwc.edu/eds/detail/detail?vid= 8&sid=2303c3d2-6eaf-4352-93b6-4da8b802ec00%40sdc-v-sessmgr02&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#AN=118309535&db=ccm

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Links, A. (2019). Fighting despair: The trauma after rape. Sister Namibia, 31(3). 12-13. http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.smwc.edu/eds/detail/detail? vid=4&sid=f95ff7e3-c301-4d66-bde8-7745da652427%40sdc-v-sessmgr03&bdata= JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#AN=edsbig.A612121005&db=edsbig

Morrissey, P. J. (2013). Trauma finds expression through art therapy. Health Progress (Saint Louis, MO), 94(3). 44-47. http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.smwc.edu/ eds/detail/detail?vid=5&sid=b98d2153-2613-4331-9b91-17524be155e7%40pdc-v-sessmgr05&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#db=mdc&AN=23789467

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Strauss Swanson, C. & Szymanski, D. M. (2020). From pain to power: An exploration of activism, the #metoo movement, and healing from sexual assault trauma. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 1-16. http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.smwc.edu/10.1037/cou0000429

Thompson, G. (2011). Multiplicity and self-identity: Trauma and integration in Shirley Mason's art. Art Therapy, 28(1). 39-42. https://doi.org.ezproxy.smwc.edu/10.1080/07421656.2011.560090

Wilkinon, M. & Maslow, D. (2017). Mind, brain, and body. Healing trauma: The way forward. The Journal of Analytical Psychology, 62(4). 526-543. https://doi.orgezproxy.smwc.edu/10.1111/1468-5922.12335