Introduction to the Discussion: This discussion aims to highlight how crisis can inform the trajectory of trauma. Instructions: Please watch the videos as listed in the required videos for this week’s discussion (also listed below) and answer the following question prompts: Bessel van der Kolk on Understanding Trauma https://youtu.be/jA89KNfJUEY ( 3 videos im placing that have to be watched) What is trauma? The author of “The Body Keeps the Score” explains | Bessel van der Kolk | Big Think Trauma and Somatic Experiencing – Peter Levine Question Prompts:
1.) We learned in module two that after a crisis a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can happen when there are no opportunities to intervene at an early stage of the crisis, or because a crisis intervention strategy was insufficient for the needs of the individual. In the videos this week, Van der Kolk discusses the importance of support during crises stating that, “One of the largest mitigating factors against getting traumatized is who is there for you at that particular time.” He goes on to discuss how support during crises positively influences the foundation of perceived safety. How does this influence the way you understand the role of the trauma or crisis intervention counselor?
2.) Considering the positive impact of support on the trajectory of trauma, why is it important that there is access to crisis intervention programs and resources in our communities?
3.) In your own words, why do you think it is important to consider how perception impacts the way we understand the crisis, the stress response, and trauma? (Please also use this week’s readings to support you when creating your response).
4.) Dr. Van der Kolk notes that trauma is bottom-up or body to mind. Using the slinky analogy as described by Dr. Levine, how do these two ideologies and perspectives influence your understanding of crisis intervention and trauma.