“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)...

Rain, Fire, Wind, Stress

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • July 1, 2021
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Beyond my favorite go-to site for mental wellness and self-care ideas (see above), you may find reviewing different types of trauma and disaster-stress and suggestions for coping and for resources helpful. Who has studied post-traumatic stress in first responders, troops, and secondary sufferers more than … the military and...

The Numb Response

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • October 22, 2021

Everyone experiences emotional numbness from time to time in life. It can be a very healthy defense against being overwhelmed in the middle of a shock or trauma, such as the death of a loved one. The problem is that sometimes we stay numb. The defense comes a habit...

Suicide Prevention

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • October 8, 2021

The causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple combinations of factors, such as mental illness, substance abuse, painful losses, exposure to violence, and social isolation. Warning signs that may mean someone is at risk include: Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself   Looking for a...

Recovery Support Overview

  • By admin
  • October 1, 2021

Recovery-oriented care and recovery support systems help people with mental and substance use disorders manage their conditions successfully. Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. There are four major dimensions that support...

Treatment Locator

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • September 24, 2021

Here’s an important, highly confidential resource. The Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons and their family members who are seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for a recent onset of serious mental illnesses such as...

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...