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BA, BSW, M.Ed.
Registered Psychologist #393
“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell
“You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.” Albert Einstein
So encourage each other to build each other up.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
What I like most about my job:
The privilege of coming alongside people and seeing them learn and grow.
Treating Adolescent Attachment-Trauma: The Challenge of Connection
The speaker, Martha Straus, informed us on developmental trauma. Although her focus was on adolescents, it seemed useful for a broader population. Her first significant point was that the therapist is providing an attachment relationship with the client and to recognize the importance of this. She considered attachment to be a major effect in trauma work to deal with the perceived sense of isolation. In that sense developing dependencies through your relationship and developing teams around the client is important in healing and staying healthy. This work can take up to two years of therapy. The trauma work is regulating emotions, developing “earned security” and the use of mentalization and mindfulness.
“Technique is much less important than commitment, attunement, empathy, connection, attention, hope—really showing up in intersubjective engagement of brain with brain, heart with heart (even in conflict) is the basis of all therapy. Hanging in counts.”
He has experience and training to work in the areas of:
-Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
-Grief and loss
-Self Worth and Assertiveness
Don has worked in the social work and psychology areas for over 30 years. His experience has included work in both public and private practice in Swift Current and Moose Jaw which has provided opportunities to work with a broad age range of individuals, couples and families in a variety of circumstances and settings.
Additionally, he has an interest in leadership through involvement in interagency development, serving on church boards, professional committees and providing professional supervision