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Transforming Trauma: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World Kathy Revtyak, LCSW


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Transforming Trauma: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World
Kathy Revtyak, LCSW
Kathy Braun, SSSF
Andy Uribe-Sanders, RN, WHNP-BC
Arlene Woelfel, SSSF, LCSW

Mano y Corazón Binational Conference of Multicultural Health Care Solutions, El Paso, Texas, September 27-28, 2013

Published in: Health & Medicine

Transforming Trauma: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World Kathy Revtyak, LCSW

  1. 1. Transforming Trauma: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World Kathy Revtyak, LCSW Kathy Braun, SSSF Andy Uribe-Sanders, RN, WHNP-BC Arlene Woelfel, SSSF, LCSW
  2. 2. An Introduction
  3. 3. CAPACITAR Mind-body-spirit wellness, practiced preventatively and to transform trauma Complements traditional mental health and health treatment Based on ancient Eastern traditions combined with modern, Western knowledge from health and mental health fields. Builds on inherent wisdom of the individual Promotes body literacy Grassroots, popular education model provides accessible, replicable tools
  4. 4. Colombia Honduras CAPACITAR is an international network of solidarity and empowerment. Capacitar is a Spanish word meaning to empower, to encourage, to bring each other to life. National University Rwanda
  5. 5. CAPACITAR began in 1988 as a response to war, disasters and trauma in solidarity with the people of Nicaragua. Simple wellness practices were taught to help grassroots people deal with the poverty, addiction, violence and traumatic stress of their lives. Nicaragua
  6. 6. Capacitar collaborates with groups in 35 countries in the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East & Asia.
  7. 7. WHAT WE TEACH Capacitar offers simple effective wellness skills such as: • Body movement • Acupressure for pain & stress • Fingerholds for emotions • Breathwork & visualization • Emotional Freedom Tapping. Northern Ireland: Trauma Counselors USA: Domestic Violence Rwanda: HIV/Trauma El Paso Detention Camp: Workshop for Detainees
  8. 8. CAPACITAR PROGRAMS • Multicultural Wellness Education • Trauma Healing & Transformation • Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World Workshops • Capacitar for Children, Schools, Teachers & Families • Living in Wellness Programs for Caregivers, Families & Persons with HIV/AIDS, Cancer or Addiction • Retreats & Team Leadership Development. IrelandSwaziland El Salvador
  9. 9. POPULAR EDUCATION vs THERAPY Capacitar’s popular education approach complements community mental health and therapeutic programs. We give people simple tools that they can use for themselves, their families and communities. Capacitar methods have been adapted for use in many cultures and countries. Nigeria: HIV/AIDS Groups Haiti: Church Health Clinic
  10. 10. Capacitar’s Approach to Trauma Healing Cognitive Brain: functions as the seat of thought, images, language, logic and memory. Emotional Brain: (the inner brain— limbic and reptilian brains) is the seat of emotional responses, autonomic systems, automatic physiological responses of the systems of the body. To heal trauma, stress or depression it is necessary to work with the emotional brain via the body, instead of only using therapies that impact the cognitive brain. —Dr. David Servan Schreiber, The Instinct to Heal
  11. 11. The Instinct to Heal CHAOS—With stress, anxiety and depression, the rhythm of the heart is chaotic or irregular. COHERENCE—with practices that promote wellbeing, compassion and respect, the rhythm of the heart has a coherent pattern.
  12. 12. With Acupressure and Bodywork: there are changes in the emotional brain with lessening of activity in the areas of pain and fear. —David Servan Schreiber The Instinct to Heal
  13. 13. THE IMMUNE SYSTEM & STRESS Positive emotions stimulate the development of “killer cells” of the immune system which are the primary line of defense of the organism. Stress, anxiety and depression inhibit their growth and development. The photo shows killer cells attacking a cancer cell. Capacitar practices promote health and wellbeing enhancing the immune system response. Servan Schreiber, The Instinct to Heal
  14. 14. Capacitar Works with Heart/Brain Coherence Energy practices awaken the natural instinct to heal promoting balance and wellbeing: Tai Chi, Pal Dan Gum Fingerholds Emotional Freedom Tapping Acupressure Visualization & Breathwork Massage and Bodywork Buddha’s Brain, Hanson, Mendius Heart Math Institute
  15. 15. TRAUMATIC STRESS & COMPASSION FATIGUE: • PTSD: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder • Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Trauma • CTSD: Continuing Traumatic Stress Disorder Byumba, Rwanda: Refugee Camp JRS Workshop Goma, Refugee Camp, Congo DRC Los Angeles Diocese: Restorative Justice Chaplains’ Retreat
  16. 16. Capacitar en la Frontera works to bring healing to people affected by violence, poverty, and trauma on the US/Mexico border and to encourage bi-national support and solidarity among people of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Juarez, Mexico
  17. 17. Outreach of Capacitar en la Frontera  Pilot Programs: 1. El Paso Detention Center 2. Department of Juvenile Probation (in collaboration with CSNSF) 3. In development—Detention Centers of El Paso Co. Sheriff’s Department  On-Going Initiatives, Projects and Presence 1. Non-profit agencies (women’s centers, homeless shelters, emergency services for children) 2. Schools (EPCC, school districts) 3. Faith-based entities 4. Grassroots organizations (including human rights efforts)
  18. 18. Outreach in El Paso Detention Center offers Spiritual Counseling services integrated with Capacitar practices for detainees impacted by violence and trauma.
  19. 19. A Pilot Program in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security. 1 ½ years completed; 2 volunteer Chaplains, trained in Capacitar practices;  4- week cycles.
  20. 20. DHS Detention Project  Goals:  To improve the health and general well-being of detainees  To improve the mental health and capacity of detainees to cope and to transform their situation  To provide wellness skills for stress and trauma that detainees will be able to use in their current situation and their future lives  Objectives:  Detainees participating in the 4- week program will be able to share best practices within the detainee population and, in the future, within their families and communities.  Through regular use of the practices on a daily basis, detainees will lessen symptoms related to stress, anxiety and depressions.
  21. 21. Personal Outcomes: self-reported change before and after program
  22. 22. Personal Outcomes: self-reported change before and after program
  23. 23. Qualitative Outcomes One woman, “Laura,” had lost custody of her children and was awaiting deportation, but with Capacitar tools she could take off her mask and live with peace and inner freedom. Other participants reported that the practices helped alleviate headaches, insomnia and nightmares. Other Outcome Measures
  24. 24. Work in the Colonias Efforts to support wellness and trauma- healing through biweekly groups Led by Sisters Kathy Braun and Elsa Canan, SSSF, participants practice Tai Chi and Holds
  25. 25. Outreach in Cd. Juarez Ongoing, weekly Capacitar practice groups support individuals and families who come together through schools, grassroots & non-profit organizations, and parishes. Capacitar has been training professionals, grassroots leaders, and committed community members in Capacitar practices since 2008. Led by Hma. Maria Antonia Aranda, IHM, participants discuss theory and practice Holds, Pal Dan Gum and the Leadership Dance.
  26. 26. Support to Human Rights Workers & Groups in Cd. Juarez In the wake of the ongoing violence in northern Mexico, Capacitar en la Frontera has been offering trainings for human rights workers, and the agencies and communities they serve. Capacitar practices include techniques that benefit all sectors of the community and that promote self-care and wellness for the caregiver.
  27. 27. Care for the Caregiver We know that those who accompany survivors of trauma have the possibility of developing Compassion Fatigue or Secondary Trauma. Capacitar trainings teach caregivers techniques that promote wellness and support them in establishing safe boundaries. Pat Cane, PhD, Capacitar Foundress and Director provides a training focused on self-care to human rights workers in Cd. Juarez.
  28. 28. Tasters Half-day workshops are provided to community groups, systems and agencies to develop leadership. Many groups are interested in self-care practices for their staff and volunteers. Led by Andrea Uribe, RN, and Kathy Revtyak, LCSW, participants at a Tepeyac taster practice Pal Dan Gum and the Leadership Dance.
  29. 29. Building a Binational Leadership Team and Expanding a Growing Network Solidarity**Empowerment**Wellness**Healing&TransformingTrauma
  30. 30. Tai Chi Warm Up Rocking Circle of Light Globe of Light Shower of Light The Wise Person Push-Pull Flying through the Air Passing Clouds Namaste
  31. 31. Finger Holds To Manage Strong Emotions
  32. 32. Accupressure Points for Traumatic Stress Depression: Crown of Head Forehead between eyebrows Base of Skull at Sides of Head Anxiety and Crisis: Outer Wrist Top of Shoulders Sore Spot Point Beneath Nose
  33. 33. Related Resources  David Servan Schrieber, MD, The Instinct to Heal  John Travis, MD, WellnessWorkbook,  Daniel Goleman, PhD, Emotional Intelligence , Daniel Amen, MD Heal Your Brain, Heal Your Life  For information about EFT, see work of Gary Flynt, PhD, Emotional Freedom Technique  Peter Levine, PhD, Waking the Tiger,  Judith Orloff, MD, Emotional Freedom
  34. 34. Contact Us Capacitar en la Frontera Capacitar International Multicultural Wellness Education Training, 2012-2014 Initiates November 10-11 in El Paso January 23-24 in Cd. Juarez