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Presentation for Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, August, 2015, San Diego, California

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This is: The Role of Self-Blame in Surviving Childhood Abuse

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Presentation for Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, August, 2015, San Diego, California

  1. 1. www.cathysharrislcsw.com What Professionals need to know Cathy S Harris, LCSW San Diego, California August 25, 2015
  2. 2. www.cathysharrislcsw.com Trauma-Informed perspective is first and foremost about “What happened to you?” Trauma-Informed approach is based in compassion and a recognition that all humans experience trauma in their lives. A professional who is “trauma-informed” understands the basic after-effects experienced by survivors.
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  5. 5. www.cathysharrislcsw.com IBS: What is it? Why is it important? How can we help reverse it?
  6. 6. www.cathysharrislcsw.com “I shoulda never had a birthday, dad.” Woulda Coulda shoulda
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  8. 8. www.cathysharrislcsw.com Understanding IBS Assists Us To Become “Trauma- Informed” Assists our clients to recover and get on with their lives
  9. 9. www.cathysharrislcsw.com CHILD: helpful defense ADULT: impedes maturity affects communication, relationships, goal completion FOUNDATION OF TREATMENT: empowers creates momentum
  10. 10. www.cathysharrislcsw.com Locus of Control Shift: Colin Ross, MD Internalized oppression: Eduardo Duran, Ph D Internalized racism Stockholm syndrome
  11. 11. www.cathysharrislcsw.com Why? It’s a universal experience to take on responsibility. But, what purpose is served?
  12. 12. www.cathysharrislcsw.com It’s not your fault It’s not your fault and here’s how believing that has helped you survive. Trauma aware professional Trauma-Informed professional
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  14. 14. www.cathysharrislcsw.com Piaget: Egocentrism Surviving adults: when overwhelmed resort to magical thinking to gain a sense of control and to avoid feeling completely vulnerable
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  16. 16. www.cathysharrislcsw.com It’s All About Resources
  17. 17. www.cathysharrislcsw.com ADULT COGNITIVE LEGAL EDUCATIONAL OCCUPATIONAL FINANCIAL PHYSICAL SOCIAL CHILD MAGICAL THINKING
  18. 18. www.cathysharrislcsw.com Brain development, social, educational, physical & economic opportunities are not available MAGICAL THINKING—child’s sole resource Hard-wired for survival: a necessary illusion of control
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  20. 20. www.cathysharrislcsw.com Adult, out of 10 siblings, was not abused by father “I should have gotten A+ on report cards” Asked, “Can you give A+ on your students’ reports?” Answer, “No, but I should have gotten A+s.” Adult school teacher’s expression “I was not good enough” for the abuser. As adult: robbed at gunpoint, wasn’t raped. This client’s expression? “I’m not even good enough to be raped by a criminal.”
  21. 21. www.cathysharrislcsw.com From “I’m bad, I must be causing you to hurt me” the child reasons “If I am ‘good enough’ maybe you won’t hurt me” The adult exclaims “If only I hadn’t left the house when I did, I wouldn’t have gotten into a car accident”… “If only I hadn’t built my house in that field, the tornado wouldn’t have destroyed it” When victimizers say “you made me” (hurt you)— they reinforce the illusion that the victim could prevent the abuse by being “good enough” in some way
  22. 22. www.cathysharrislcsw.com It gave the child-victim an illusion of control; this sense of power, though false, allowed the child to survive, to make sense of circumstances that made no sense The primary reasons the adult continues to engage in use of IBS is for avoidance of feelings (perceived “bad” feelings), gain a sense of control, continue attachments to those who may have/they perceive have hurt them
  23. 23. www.cathysharrislcsw.com Case Study: “FU, I’m just a screw-up!”
  24. 24. www.cathysharrislcsw.com Copyright United Artists, 1995
  25. 25. www.cathysharrislcsw.com I’m a bad person I might as well use I used That makes me a bad person No one loves me
  26. 26. www.cathysharrislcsw.com Increases compassion Allows for appropriate detachment (especially with Complex PTSD clients) Provides structure for therapy Provides explanation for “resistance” Can help address Vicarious Traumatization
  27. 27. www.cathysharrislcsw.com Copyright Pixar Animation/Distributed by Disney Picture, 2015
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  29. 29. www.cathysharrislcsw.com you can’t get away from the art of therapy Colin Ross, MD
  30. 30. www.cathysharrislcsw.com • Cognitive work • Grief work • Mindfulness/Meditation • Self-Compassion • Expressive work • Education • Identify “IBS” moments and events • Therapeutic relationship • Positive affirmations • Somatic work
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  32. 32. www.cathysharrislcsw.com Hear the story at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc6oSsXUeyw
  33. 33. www.cathysharrislcsw.com www.traumarevolution.com https://www.youtube.com/user/traumarevolution http://www.slideshare.net/outlier53
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