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"Attachment Focused EMDR" - Laurel Parnell
Much has been written about trauma and neglect and the damage they do to the developing brain. But little has been written or researched about the potential to heal these attachment wounds and address the damage sustained from neglect or poor parenting in early childhood. This book presents a therapy that focuses on precisely these areas. Laurel Parnell, leader and innovator in the field of eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), offers us a way to embrace two often separate worlds of knowing: the science of early attachment relationships and the practice of healing within an EMDR framework. This beautifully written and clinically practical book combines attachment theory, one of the most dynamic theoretical areas in psychotherapy today, with EMDR to teach therapists a new way of healing clients with relational trauma and attachment deficits. Readers will find science-based ideas about how our early relationships shape the way the mind and brain develop from our young years into our adult lives. Our connections with caregivers induce neural circuit firings that persist throughout our lives, shaping how we think, feel, remember, and behave. When we are lucky enough to have secure attachment experiences in which we feel seen, safe, soothed, and secure-the "four S's of attachment" that serve as the foundation for a healthy mind-these relational experiences stimulate the neuronal activation and growth of the integrative fibers of the brain.
Part I lays the groundwork and outlines the five basic principles that guide and define the work. Part II provides information about attachment-repair resources available to clinicians. This section can be used by therapists who are not trained in EMDR. Part III teaches therapists how to use EMDR specifically with an attachment-repair orientation, including client preparation, target development, modifications of the standard EMDR protocol, desensitization, and using interweaves. Case material is used throughout. Part IV includes the presentation of three cases from different EMDR therapists who used attachment-focused EMDR with their clients.
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When Adolescents Claim the Right to Refuse Treatment
Our most recent article discusses 17-year old Cassandra C.'s legal battle when she refused chemotherapy treatment. Her concern was her quality of life, cancer patients often experience adverse physical and psychological side effects.
http://trauma.blog.yorku.ca/…/when-adolescents-claim-the-r…/
In a personal essay in the Hartford Courant, 17-year old Cassandra C. recalls her legal battle when she refused to undergo chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. The Connecticut Superior Court ruled that as a minor, Cassandra did not ...
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Abusing Your Body Through Exercise
Our article, reposted on Moods Magazine, focuses on Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder, a subcategory of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Especially emphasizing muscularity, it involves a pathological obsession with perceived defective features and extreme attempts to hide or change them.
http://www.moodsmag.com/…/abusing-your-body-through-exerci…/
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The Grant Optimist
Our Arts and Culture post presents the song "The Grant Optimist" by Dallas Green. Its lyrics communicate a feeling of losing hope that is relatable to many experiencing mental disorders.
http://trauma.blog.yorku.ca/2015/06/the-grant-optimist/
“The Grand Optimist” is written and performed by Dallas Green, of City and Colour. The lyrics convey a sense of losing hope—feelings often described by those who experience an onset of anxiety, depression, or other mental disorders. Singers and songwriters, such as Dallas Green, and artists of ...
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RUSH Prevention Program Helping Children of Bipolar Parents
Our most recent article describes the Reducing Unwanted Stress in the Home program for bipolar parents and their young children. Because these children are at elevated risk for developing bipolar spectrum disorder themselves as well as experiencing psychosocial problems, early intervention is imperative
“It was just kind of not knowing what you were going to get every time. Emotionally when I was younger, I always cared about her. She was my mom. As I grew up, I kind of became disconnected because I didn't know the real her. I only knew her from her diagnosis. I only knew her emotions.
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"Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Kids"
Over the past decade, there has been a growing interest in early intervention and increased awareness of the mental health needs of young children.
CBT is often overlooked for children, whose verbal and cognitive skills are still emerging and whose attention spans are more limited. Thankfully, research has shown that by incorporating expressive therapies such as play and art techniques, CBT can be successfully adapted to be developmentally sensitive to children and abstract concepts can be made concrete through the use of props and the inclusion of structured experiential learning.
On June 1st, this innovative workshop will increase participants’ understanding of the special considerations of using CBT with children and will provide specific tools, practices, guidelines and tips on how to simplify and adapt existing CBT strategies to be more hands-on and engaging, as well as how to engage caregivers in treatment. Several play based CBT interventions will be presented "hands-on."
For more information about this workshop, please visit: 
http://www.kidsmentalhealth.ca/news_and_events/events.php?action=detail&aid=1621
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A Boy and His Machine Gun
Today's Arts and Culture post presents Matthew Good's song about his friend's struggle with mental illness, the care he received and the stigma surrounding mental health.
http://trauma.blog.yorku.ca/20…/…/a-boy-and-his-machine-gun/
In 1999, artist Mathew Good decided to write a song about his friend who was admitted to a psychiatric institution. The lyrics attempt to describe his friend's experience with the mental health system and the care he received, as well as capture his friend's personal struggle with mental illness ...
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Art Therapy and the Mind/Body Connection
Today's Arts and Culture post describes the work of Sara Roizen, an art therapist who uses creative means to help individuals struggling with mental illness make a connection between their mind and body.
http://trauma.blog.yorku.ca/2015/06/art-therapy-and-the-mindbody-connection/
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Lover's Eye
Today's Arts and Culture post features the artwork of Zaneta Pernicova. After her husband was diagnosed with a brain cyst she painted his eyes to cope with the fear and uncertainty that follows.
http://trauma.blog.yorku.ca/2015/06/lovers-eye/
Zaneta Pernicova painted this piece after her husband was diagnosed with a brain cyst that altered his mental and emotional state. Pernicova also noticed changes in her husband's eyes after the diagnosis, as the shape of one pupil often enlarged while the other was dilated. She writes: ...
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Teaching Children about Trauma: The "River Speaks" Series
Our latest article describes Sandy Stream's series of children's books. The aim of these stories is to provide therapists with material children who have undergone trauma can relate to. This may help them come to terms with their experiences.
In her latest series of children's books, River Speaks, author Sandy Stream conveys the emotional turmoil that children and families go through when dealing with trauma. Children who have undergone loss, abuse, and other traumatic experiences are often unable to fully understand or express their ...
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You Belong
Our Arts and Culture post presents a song, You Belong by Alpha Rev, reassuring those suffering from suicidal ideation that there is help in those who surround them.
http://trauma.blog.yorku.ca/2015/05/you-belong-2/
“You Belong”, by Alpha Rev, is a beautiful statement to those suffering from mental-health related suicide ideation, that reassures the listener of the love and support they can find in those around them. The music video closes on a man passing through a fog and emerging into light, ...
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The Trauma & Mental Health Report is a weekly online research report published out of York University in Toronto.
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