What we're about

WE ARE MEETING EVERY SATURDAY AT 1:00 PM, ST. MATTHEWS CHURCH 2035 26 a ST SW

Option FOR ACCESS TO PRINTED ARTICLES (Self-authored "Bullet-point Boil-Downs") OF COMPLEX TRAUMA EXPRESSION:

1. PLEASE GO TO MORE ICON ABOVE, THEN MESSAGE BOARD.

*********************************************************************************************************************

Those who have dedicated intent on lessening the effects of complex emotional trauma in their daily lives will find survivors at various stages of their recovery working together to bring information, support and understanding to a complicated problem made worse by the confusion of the "professional industry" in how they treat "mental illness" with misdiagnosis and ignorance of trauma-related conditions.

The meet-ups intention is the dissemination and discussion of what the "professional world", as well as the "alternative psychology world", are calling complex trauma, or Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and more importantly, what is being offered by all the experts for treatment and therapy in the over-coming of the effects of this devastating and confusing affliction.

Upcoming events (5+)

Recovery focused discussion promoting the healing of trauma expression.

• What we'll do In complex trauma, the ability to speak our truth is compounded by not having an accurate vocabulary to name the things that need naming. A "Trauma Glossary" compiled from the "professional/ academia" worlds, and the "alternative trauma community" world, will be handed out and discussed at the next meet-up that I hope will speed people along their recovery paths. The purpose of the meet-up is to focus on RECOVERY from complex trauma expression and to claim our individuality by being responsible for our own well-being. With dedication, sincerity, and honesty, a "foundational self" is built through interaction with others who are on the same path, who understand deeply, are willing to share, and have taken the action to alleviate trauma's devastating ability to destroy a human being and infect others. This is crucial in lessening the effects of this common peril in our relationships outside of the safety of the room. Complex trauma expression takes many forms, most of which are hidden from our sight as it's perceived by a traumatized person as "the only normal life", and getting clarity on those things is preliminary to any forward motion out of the expression showing up in our personalities seemingly on it's own power. We believe that PTSD is NOT a permanent brain injury, and science has proved out the wonderful recuperative agency of that most amazing organ beyond a shadow of a doubt. The job becomes to find the tools that custom fit each person in a multi-modality application that will address the various avenues comprising the "spider-web" of the expression. The meet-up provides a wealth of the latest in trauma research by the "pros" and the "alternative communities", allowing an exploration into the heart of the problem, and what is being offered for recovery practices, techniques, and therapies. We also have a core of dedicated, knowledgeable members who are willing to share their wisdom, strength and experience in recovery and what works for them. In this "gold-nugget" mining from others lies the opportunity to discover our "true selves" and to practice nurturing self-care in a healthy, productive, and positive movement, that while not pleasant at first, has it's rewards in lasting meaning and change. Provided also, are "bullet-point boil-downs" of comparisons between other "disorders" delineating the differences between PTSD, C-PTSD, BPD, NPD, ASPD, BP.. Also accessible are papers designed to efficiently disseminate valuable information regarding complex trauma expression recovery without having to spend 10,000 hours required to become an "expert" in order to understand what's going on. Helpful "alarm bells" are outlined in both articles on what recovery looks like, and what the dangers are in the actual recovery process. More research and information-gathering is going on all the time, and members are encouraged to share their own investigations at the meet-up. Since a dramatic "re-hashing" of traumatic events over and over is NOT helpful to the sufferer nor to the listeners, this is avoided in favour of concentrating on the recovery aspects that ameliorate the need to ruminate and replace it with an excitement for the benefits of doing things differently. Sincere emotions, fears, and struggles can be shared without a "re-living" of traumatic events in graphic detail to help heal the wounding. • What to bring • Important to know We will employ a code of conduct that includes: - No dramatic re-living of graphically detailed gruesome events - No selling of "aids to trauma recovery" - No vitriolic profanity - No interrupting other peoples sharing time - No "you should" or "you got to" statements designed as advice - No self-promotion for reasons of profit or attention - No dominating of sharing time and atmosphere of the room - No advocating that trauma is a permanent condition

Recovery-based discussion addressing issue of Complex Trauma

St Matthews United Church

The purpose of the meet-up is to focus on RECOVERY from complex trauma expression and to claim our individuality by being responsible for our own well-being. With dedication, sincerity, and honesty, a "foundational self" is built through interaction with others who are on the same path, who understand deeply, are willing to share, and have taken the action to alleviate trauma's devastating ability to destroy a human being and infect others. This is crucial in lessening the effects of this common peril in our relationships outside of the safety of the room. Complex trauma expression takes many forms, most of which are hidden from our sight as it's perceived by a traumatized person as "the only normal life", and getting clarity on those things is preliminary to any forward motion out of the expression showing up in our personalities seemingly on it's own power. We believe that PTSD is NOT a permanent brain injury, and science has proved out the wonderful recuperative agency of that most amazing organ beyond a shadow of a doubt. The job becomes to find the tools that custom fit each person in a multi-modality application that will address the various avenues comprising the "spider-web" of the expression. The meet-up provides a wealth of the latest in trauma research by the "pros" and the "alternative communities", allowing an exploration into the heart of the problem, and what is being offered for recovery practices, techniques, and therapies. We also have a core of dedicated, knowledgeable members who are willing to share their wisdom, strength and experience in recovery and what works for them. In this "gold-nugget" mining from others lies the opportunity to discover our "true selves" and to practice nurturing self-care in a healthy, productive, and positive movement, that while not pleasant at first, has it's rewards in lasting meaning and change. Provided are "bullet-point boil-downs" of comparisons between other "disorders" delineating the differences between PTSD, C-PTSD, BPD, NPD, ASPD, BP.. Also accessible are papers designed to efficiently disseminate valuable information regarding complex trauma expression recovery without having to spend 10,000 hours required to become an "expert" in order to understand what's going on. Helpful "alarm bells" are outlined in both articles on what recovery looks like, and what the dangers are in the actual recovery process. More research and information-gathering is going on all the time, and members are encouraged to share their own investigations at the meet-up. Since a dramatic "re-hashing" of traumatic events over and over is NOT helpful to the sufferer nor to the listeners, this is avoided in favour of concentrating on the recovery aspects that ameliorate the need to ruminate and replace it with an excitement for the benefits of doing things differently. Sincere emotions, fears, and struggles can be shared without a "re-living" of traumatic events in graphic detail to help heal the wounding.

Recovery-based discussion addressing issue of Complex Trauma

St Matthews United Church

The purpose of the meet-up is to focus on RECOVERY from complex trauma expression and to claim our individuality by being responsible for our own well-being. With dedication, sincerity, and honesty, a "foundational self" is built through interaction with others who are on the same path, who understand deeply, are willing to share, and have taken the action to alleviate trauma's devastating ability to destroy a human being and infect others. This is crucial in lessening the effects of this common peril in our relationships outside of the safety of the room. Complex trauma expression takes many forms, most of which are hidden from our sight as it's perceived by a traumatized person as "the only normal life", and getting clarity on those things is preliminary to any forward motion out of the expression showing up in our personalities seemingly on it's own power. We believe that PTSD is NOT a permanent brain injury, and science has proved out the wonderful recuperative agency of that most amazing organ beyond a shadow of a doubt. The job becomes to find the tools that custom fit each person in a multi-modality application that will address the various avenues comprising the "spider-web" of the expression. The meet-up provides a wealth of the latest in trauma research by the "pros" and the "alternative communities", allowing an exploration into the heart of the problem, and what is being offered for recovery practices, techniques, and therapies. We also have a core of dedicated, knowledgeable members who are willing to share their wisdom, strength and experience in recovery and what works for them. In this "gold-nugget" mining from others lies the opportunity to discover our "true selves" and to practice nurturing self-care in a healthy, productive, and positive movement, that while not pleasant at first, has it's rewards in lasting meaning and change. Provided are "bullet-point boil-downs" of comparisons between other "disorders" delineating the differences between PTSD, C-PTSD, BPD, NPD, ASPD, BP.. Also accessible are papers designed to efficiently disseminate valuable information regarding complex trauma expression recovery without having to spend 10,000 hours required to become an "expert" in order to understand what's going on. Helpful "alarm bells" are outlined in both articles on what recovery looks like, and what the dangers are in the actual recovery process. More research and information-gathering is going on all the time, and members are encouraged to share their own investigations at the meet-up. Since a dramatic "re-hashing" of traumatic events over and over is NOT helpful to the sufferer nor to the listeners, this is avoided in favour of concentrating on the recovery aspects that ameliorate the need to ruminate and replace it with an excitement for the benefits of doing things differently. Sincere emotions, fears, and struggles can be shared without a "re-living" of traumatic events in graphic detail to help heal the wounding.

Recovery-based discussion addressing issue of Complex Trauma

St Matthews United Church

The purpose of the meet-up is to focus on RECOVERY from complex trauma expression and to claim our individuality by being responsible for our own well-being. With dedication, sincerity, and honesty, a "foundational self" is built through interaction with others who are on the same path, who understand deeply, are willing to share, and have taken the action to alleviate trauma's devastating ability to destroy a human being and infect others. This is crucial in lessening the effects of this common peril in our relationships outside of the safety of the room. Complex trauma expression takes many forms, most of which are hidden from our sight as it's perceived by a traumatized person as "the only normal life", and getting clarity on those things is preliminary to any forward motion out of the expression showing up in our personalities seemingly on it's own power. We believe that PTSD is NOT a permanent brain injury, and science has proved out the wonderful recuperative agency of that most amazing organ beyond a shadow of a doubt. The job becomes to find the tools that custom fit each person in a multi-modality application that will address the various avenues comprising the "spider-web" of the expression. The meet-up provides a wealth of the latest in trauma research by the "pros" and the "alternative communities", allowing an exploration into the heart of the problem, and what is being offered for recovery practices, techniques, and therapies. We also have a core of dedicated, knowledgeable members who are willing to share their wisdom, strength and experience in recovery and what works for them. In this "gold-nugget" mining from others lies the opportunity to discover our "true selves" and to practice nurturing self-care in a healthy, productive, and positive movement, that while not pleasant at first, has it's rewards in lasting meaning and change. Provided are "bullet-point boil-downs" of comparisons between other "disorders" delineating the differences between PTSD, C-PTSD, BPD, NPD, ASPD, BP.. Also accessible are papers designed to efficiently disseminate valuable information regarding complex trauma expression recovery without having to spend 10,000 hours required to become an "expert" in order to understand what's going on. Helpful "alarm bells" are outlined in both articles on what recovery looks like, and what the dangers are in the actual recovery process. More research and information-gathering is going on all the time, and members are encouraged to share their own investigations at the meet-up. Since a dramatic "re-hashing" of traumatic events over and over is NOT helpful to the sufferer nor to the listeners, this is avoided in favour of concentrating on the recovery aspects that ameliorate the need to ruminate and replace it with an excitement for the benefits of doing things differently. Sincere emotions, fears, and struggles can be shared without a "re-living" of traumatic events in graphic detail to help heal the wounding.

Past events (43)

Photos (4)