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...

  • 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)...

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:...

Managing Disaster Stress

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • July 16, 2021
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This SAMSA (U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) fact sheet offers tips for preventing and managing stress when dealing with the effects of trauma, mass violence, or terrorism. It lists tips for relieving stress and seeking professional help, and what it offers in a single one-page infographic...

Are you embarking on a journey toward more and better trauma-informed pastoral care? Here’s a great resource with ideas and approaches you may want to incorporate into what you do. There’s a free manual and a free app. There is also an online program and a channel with videos....

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...