Reasons for the Success of the Trauma Recovery Certification Training Methods
In numerous parts of the world, each day many are touched by the effects of trauma. While a variety of therapeutic approaches aimed at helping relieve trauma symptoms have been developed, most prove to be only minimally satisfactory. Several reasons exist for this lack of total effectiveness including:
1) Many helping models do not offer strategies that are culturally appropriate in relation to the trauma history.
2) A second reason why many models designed to offer help following a traumatic event are ineffective is because even though trauma affects every aspect of humanness most models focus almost solely on meeting emotional concerns and fail to offer a wholistic approach. This lack of attention to the total needs of traumatized human beings is most evident in the failure of most trauma models to address the spiritual concerns that surface following trauma, even though the deep soul needs of the individual, the family and the community are becoming increasing recognized.
3) A further reason why many trauma approaches have been found lacking is because their focus is almost solely on the use of counseling skills, thus addressing only the needs of the brain’s left hemisphere while paying little if any attention to the needs of the brain’s right hemisphere. This continues in many cases to be so even though for more than a decade neurological evidence has suggested that during trauma, functions associated with the brain’s left hemisphere are interfered with, including the use of language for storage and recall of memories and the ability to analyze and store logical and contextual information (Perry, B. 2001; Scar, R. 2005;. van der Kolk, 1998). Furthermore, since 2004, due to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) there is evidence that those who suffer from post traumatic stress replay their traumatic memories through the sensory and imaging storage area of the brain’s right hemisphere (Lanius, R. 2004).
4) Qualitative and quantitative evaluations, done on the strategies taught in the Taking Flight Trauma Recovery Certification training, show high levels of personal and professional satisfaction. Evaluations also reveal that when these methods are used in clinical practice, clients report they receive personal healing from their trauma. Research, to further evaluate the effectiveness of these methods and the process, is ongoing.
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