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  1. Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Mental Health Issue

    [Info Sheet]

    Our experiences in childhood play a big part in shaping our health and well-being throughout our lives. Sexual abuse in childhood can leave scars that can last for a long time. But many cases are never reported. ...

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  2. Responding to Frightening Life Events

    [Visions Article]

    When an event threatens our safety or that of our loved ones, our inner psychological resources are called upon as we try to cope. Contrary to popular thinking, there is no one “best” way to cope, and people don’t all go through a set series of “stages” o ...

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  3. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

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    People involved with, or exposed to, modern-day traumas can experience a range of emotional responses. Concern for victims of workplace and disaster-related trauma has led to increased popularity of early intervention and prevention strategies. ...

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  4. Victimization of People with Mental Illness

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    The criminal court system has provided me with a great deal of experience assisting mental health consumers who are charged with criminal offences. I have also had many clients with mental illness who have suffered violence and discrimination at the hands ...

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  5. Where Trauma Hides

    [Visions Article]

    Canada is a multi-cultural nation. Our neighbours, colleagues, spouses and parents have diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. In the last decade the psychiatric literature has been full of research and scholarly work devoted to the significance of transc ...

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  6. War Trauma in Refugees

    [Visions Article]

    We know that the wounds from war are not confined to the battle field. Refugees from conflict zones often continue to experience trauma from persecution, imprisonment, torture and resettlement for a long time. Thus, it is important to understand the chall ...

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  7. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—and Traffic Crashes

    [Visions Article]

    Pat is running late. She can barely wait for the light to change. When it does, she instantly accelerates across the intersection. In a split second she is engulfed in a wave of deafening noise, ripped out of her seat and smashed against a wall of shatter ...

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  8. Somatic Experiencing Therapy

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    Somatic Experiencing (SE) is an approach for working with and healing trauma. It was developed by Dr. Peter Levine,1 who holds a doctorate in both medical biophysics and psychology. Dr. Levine took his observations from both these fields and tried a new w ...

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  9. The Aftermath of Rape

    [Visions Article]

    Women and men, young and old, rich and poor—sexual assault is common and cuts across gender, age, race and socioeconomic status. It is normal and usual to feel a wide variety of emotions after a rape. Survivors may feel very isolated and alone afterwards. ...

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  10. Violence and Trauma in the Lives of Women with Serious Mental Illness

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    Violence and trauma have serious health impacts for women.iolence and trauma have serious health impacts for women. In 2002 the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) published a report, Violence and Trauma in the Lives of Women with Serious ...

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