And then what?
After going through Ashlar's educational trauma remediation and Self Care program, we ask our graduates to spend the last two sessions asking these questions: the first series are about personal exploration: what does it mean to have your life back? How and what have you gained from your experience now you are no longer locked into survival? How do you want to spend your time now your your mind is no longer a personal and private mine field? Did your family have a difficult time adjusting to your newly claimed emotional and physical clarity?
The second series of questions addresses Pay it Forward: How are you going to share knowledge and/ or work with others who need to know what you have learned? How can we improve what we do and how do you want to be included in Ashlar -- As a team member helping others/collaborating with others? What might these collaborations look like? Do you see yourself giving presentations on the neurobiology of traumatic stress?
We believe that healing doesn't end with the resolutions of symptoms of PTS but ends by rejoining the community and offering a hand up to someone who is where you used to be. Who better than you to hear and help heal the Story once your own has been cared for?