Brass Tacks: On Organizational Trauma
Arabella Perez speaks with us about organizational trauma and how best to help teams and organizations move towards healing.
Where Does it Hurt? Health and Disharmony in Organizational Ecosystems
Here Ora Grodsky presents a framework for viewing organizational challenges and opportunities within the context of the four layers of organizational ecosystems. All of the layers are living subsystems within the ecosystem. And all living systems require tending over time to maintain or restore health. This framework can be used to understand how the different layers influence each other and the ecosystem as a whole, and to identify and design appropriate interventions to foster, create, or restore organizational harmony.
Resources with Norma Wong
Norma Wong, an instructor with the Institute of Zen Studies, applies Zen principles in an experiential and secular practice to support individual, organizational and societal change. Her training and application could equally help with your own personal or organizational growth.
Bessel van der Kolk — How Trauma Lodges in the Body from the On Being podcast with Krista Tippett
Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk is an innovator in treating the effects of overwhelming experiences. We call this “trauma” when we encounter it in life and news, and we tend to leap to address it by talking. But Bessel van der Kolk knows how some experiences imprint themselves beyond where language can reach. He explores state-of-the-art therapeutic treatments — including body work like yoga and eye movement therapy — and shares what he and others are learning on this edge of humanity about the complexity of memory, our need for others, and how our brains take care of our bodies.
Guide to Completing the Agency Self-Assessment
The Agency Self-Assessment for Trauma-Informed Care is intended to be a tool that will help you assess your organization’s readiness to implement a trauma-informed approach.
Family-Care, Community-Care and Self-Care Tool Kit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma
This toolkit, put together by the Association of Black Psychologists and Community Healing Network–developed by and for people of African ancestry–is meant to comfort and inspire in difficult times. It provides resources to help us take care of ourselves and each other, and strengthen our sense of community for the journey ahead.
Trauma Transformed Tools
This is a set of tools developed by the organization Trauma Transformed, specifically designed for organizations to assess whether their programs and actions follow trauma-informed principles and, if not, to guide them toward more trauma-informed policies.
Breaking Isolation: Self Care and Community Care Tools for our People
This is a personal wellness plan, as well as a set of additional resources, presented by The Audre Lorde Project, to help name the trauma and needs felt by members of the LGBTSTGNC POC community, and to inspire love and resilience to meet those needs.
RYSE creates safe spaces grounded in social justice for young people to love, learn, educate, heal, and transform lives and communities. Check out their website for resources and info about youth programming, antiracism and more.
Research: The Human Dimensions of Resilience
This summary of a whitepaper by Teri Sivilli posits that the traits of resilient individuals can be learned and taught, and that contemplative practices like meditation and yoga are effective training platforms.
Societal Trauma: Danger and Democracy
In this paper, Bloom looks at overwhelming, repetitive, multigenerational traumatic experiences. These experiences, often ignored in assessments of both human psychology and global politics, are not only self-destructive but, as Bloom advocates, endangering to democracy around the world. Here Bloom argues that it's time to address these repetitive global traumas.
Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma-Informed Systems of Care
This is the third book in a trilogy by Dr. Sandra Bloom which explores the effect of trauma on human service organizations and explains how organizations can become trauma informed by using a therapeutic approach called the Sanctuary model.
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.
Check out the website of Dr. Gail Christopher, a leader on health, wellness, and racial healing. Her comprehensive site may help you discover those requisite elements for personal growth and well-being.
Move to End Violence
This online community is building a platform to end violence. Their extensive online resources offer tools, practices, and strategies that could help us collectively achieve the social change we seek.
What You Need to Know About Sound Healing
Did you know that sound has been used as a tool for physical healing for millenia, from the medicine melodies of indigenous communities of the Americas to the mantras of the Hindu Brahmins? This article explains how sound can be utilized for growth and healing.
Watch as sounds and vibrations are combined with meditations to heal and support the mind, the body, and overall emotional health.
The healing power of reading
“Reading also changed our relationship with each other. It gave us an occasion for intimacy, to see beyond our points of view… When you meet somebody as a reader, you meet him for the first time, newly, freshly.” Michelle Kuo’s engaging TED Talk looks at reading and writing as invaluable ways to engage with others and discover more about ourselves.
What if gentrification was about healing communities instead of displacing them?
An architect who spent years planning in and revitalizing the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco, Liz Ogbu discusses “spatial justice,” and the importance of understanding that justice has a geography. Ogbu argues that this understanding is the jumping-off point for viewing the equitable distribution of resources and services as a basic human right.
How we can start to heal the pain of racial division
“We believe[d] that everyone, both black and white, people in the South, could find a redemptive pathway out of the stranglehold of racism that had gripped them for more than 400 years.” This powerful, first-hand account of activism and struggle within the American Civil Rights Movement looks at how we can move on from a long history of division and adversity.
Growth After Trauma
Richard G. Tedeschi tells us about how to make sure that we derive something positive from struggle.
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