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? 

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Something to remember

The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith

 

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.

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Vet to Vet -- an arts driven approach to healing the trauma story

We are very excited to announce the launch of the Vet 2 Vet program with and for vets suffering symptoms of traumatic stress.  We are teaching vets to be Narrative Arts Specialists.  Our goal  is that they take what they have learned and experienced themselves to help other vets suffering symptoms of PTS. Our lead person is Jim Famalero, an artist and Afghan combat vet.

 

Trainings  involve our students going through the processes they will use. Though few in number, our rules are chiseled in stone.  The first: one: Always experience in-depth the processes you are going to use with others. 

When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness and our seemingly separate lives become meaningful

Yesterday was a day of contact with vets  and a reminder of the meaning of what we do at Ashlar:  giving hope and experience in resolving the all too often debilitating symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress.  It is such an honor to be a "player" in supporting people to re-inhabit their lives. Hurricane Sandy was  such a metaphor illuminating the devastation and destruction of  home and community and a very literal vision of the work that lies ahead-- both with the metaphor and the reality.  Making art, making peace.  Rebuilding devastated lives.   

look what is happening to JuvenileJustice: the work of Bruce Perry...trauma informed care

New America Media, Commentary, David Muhammad, Posted: Aug 28, 2012

 

Juvenile justice is transforming throughout America. Though there is a long road ahead to reform these systems into effective, rehabilitative programs that no longer make children worse, there is great promise in jurisdictions across the country, that are changing how they work with youth.

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Do not be daunted...

I  saw this at the check out desk at the hospital and was deeply touched by this:. 

 

Do not be daunted

by the enormity of the world's grief

Do justly, now. love mercy, now.

Walk humbly, now.

You are not obligated to complete the work,

neither are you free

to abandon it!

 

The Talmud

watching and reading

I am always pleased to see that articles, films and video (youtube) support

our work with traumatized people.

 

This an inspiring piece... How many of us use the common sense we developed/learned

as mothers (parents)or nurturers in general,in those situations where as

professionals there is great need for creative problem solving?

 

Please send your favorite pieces that relate to our mission -- even if vaguely. This

piece was sent by a colleague in Minneapolis.

 

PS don't forget to look at our registered clinical nutritionist Preeti Sharan's work on the use of probiotics for

depression. You can scroll down for her blog on this topic.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BvL8bAkRDE

Who We Are

We make art in order not to die from the truth. F. Nietzsche

Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is an arts driven non-profit educational organization that uses spoken word, writing, and arts processes for expression and healing.

We call it "serving the Personal Story".

Our goal is to build resilience in our story tellers.

And give these stories much needed public exposure across platforms.

We invite you to invite us.