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Mental Health First Aid

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • September 3, 2021

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. There are online options (as of this writing, during lockdown), and you can also study to be a certified teacher. This course is offered to professionals and to all sorts of...

Media as Amplifier

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • August 27, 2021
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We know the power of media. Take a look at the long-range impact of the Spotlight series published by The Boston Globe in 2002. We live the power of media, too. Our lives are particularly affected by the way media can amplify our experience of disaster – and trauma...

As we progress in healing, one thing is learning more and understanding a broader context. We grow in wisdom even if it requires an unflinching awareness of the way abusers protect each other – consciously and in some strange highly compartmentalized subconscious way. Recall that the Pulitzer Award-Winning Spotlight...

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • August 13, 2021

This National Center for PTSD web page describes the reactions to disaster that survivors may experience and discusses the potentially severe stress symptoms that may lead to lasting posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, or depression. Information on how survivors can reduce their risk of psychological difficulties and recover...

Traumatized Minors

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • August 6, 2021

Safeguarding reforms in the Church and (we hope) elsewhere aim to create an environment hostile to abusers and very difficult to gain access to potential victims. Even the best protective systems fail, and sadly few settings provide stringent safety measures at all. So, reform needs to include awareness on...

“Treating Clergy Sexual Abuse: A Catholic Guide to Understanding and Treating Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors” is an article written by Catholic psychotherapists Shasha Kleinsorge, PhD, Karen Klein Villa, PhD, and Therese Cirner, LPC (September 4, 2019, updated resources April 19, 2021). Here you will find an author’s presentation (video)...

Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher of the late 18th century (and early 19th century) whose masterpiece, The World as Will and Representation (Second Edition, 1844) work would influence great thinkers, such as Sigmund Freud. The second chapter of Schopenhauer’s work, entitled ‘On Madness,’ requires a nuanced study, which...

Retraumatization Tip Sheet

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • July 23, 2021
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This brochure from the highly acclaimed Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) explains the signs and symptoms of retraumatization. In a one-page infographic, find guidance on how to manage the symptoms and how to build resilience and an adequate support system for dealing with triggering events. Source:...