The Art of Care
for Emotional Wounds in Others

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... and the included materials are intended to enable anyone who puts in the necessary time and effort to care for emotional wounds in those who are emotionally distressed or (potentially) traumatized.

... shall enable you to ...

... better understand concepts of emotional pain, suffering, wounds and trauma.

Emotional Pain

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Wound-Metaphor

Trauma

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... effectively stabilize yourself emotionally before, during and after working with individuals or groups in distress.

Self-Stabilization

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... safely, effectively, and actively stabilize others emotionally who are in distress.

Stabilizing Others

... unlearn concepts and habits that are potentially ...

... destructive

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... causing re-traumatization

Unlearn

its a process

time

depends ...

tied to an inner process

things to un-learn

Fundamental Concepts

how comprehensive does this have to be?

Emotional Stability

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Emotional Stabilization

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ESSP

Emotional Stabilization

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The goal of any stabilization technique is the emotion

Stabilization should be considered an artful skill

Self-Stabilization

You must ... to prevent

indirect traumatization

Techniques for emotional stabilization are essential when working with emotions

If you work with (vulnerable) individuals you must be able to effectively stabilize emotionally

Care for Own Emotional Wounds

Introduction

Most people who want to learn how to help others emotionally...

... are little aware about their own needs.

Examples for lack of or very little attention for this even in vocational training of humanitarians, caregivers, health-care staff, etc. are abundant.

In my experience, those responsible for the psychological well-being of staff and volunteers all too often ...

... are ignorant towards the needs of helpers

... do not allocate the necessary resources to provide the needed services

... which equals not giving it the priority it deserves

I have seen too many interventions that were not cost-effective and hence considered either a luxury or would not be scaled-up/repeated.

Is Psychology in Crisis?

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... are little informed about (cost-)effective means to provide such services ...

... and later implement them as integrated part of the organizational culture.

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I held too many seminars with no real follow-up and "putting into practice" that it is frustrating to see!

When present, the content is usually theoretical and little practical/concrete/applicable.

... do not know specific strategies how to take care of those needs.

Those needs can be of two kinds:

own, preexisting emotional wounds (trauma)

the stress caused by ...

exposure to the distressing/traumatic narratives of clients

clients' relationship patterns (with practitioner/"helper")

Guardrails

About Guardrails

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You have to be emotionally stable when caring for others who are in emotional distress.

This is ideal. Since many helpers find themselves in difficult contexts for a variety of reasons, the highest possible approximation shall be the aim.

Even though your own circumstances can be difficult (be it profession, personal or both), there is no excuse for not practicing effective stabilization techniques yourself.

The only known way to achieve this is ...

... through practicing techniques for emotional self-stabilization ...

... before

even beginning to work with others' wounds

every session

... during

sessions

... after

sessions & when needed

Self-Stabilization

Stabilization Techniques

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Stabilizing Others

Few professionals know how to emotionally stabilize well - and that is a problem

methods

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Imaginative Methods

Principles

Guardrails

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General Guardrails

Definition

each method has their guardrails

What works for the client works.

What does not work for the clients does not work.

Imaginative Methods:

let client go in step by step

back out in reverse order

can be faster

the steps of the the "going in" sequence can become shorter with increased confidence of the client

clients will often need less time to "get in" a method overtime

however, if a client does not get a good result then

either slow down

chose a different method

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Methods/Techniques

Principles

Setting

need several techniques

How many?

Closing eyes

guardrails

Emotional Stabilization Standard Protocol (ESSP)

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Within the ECS, the ESSP constitutes the framework for the emotional stabilization of others by psychologists and non-psychologists.

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FE WS

redirect sub-domain here?

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ESSP

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FE

includes PFA

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Introduction

tools

How

When

in what sequence

how the methods connect with each other

Photoshop metaphor - many tools but no guide in what order to use

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How big is the can of worms that you are opening?

usually larger than it seems

therefore, when already big, be careful!

certain situations need confidence and trust in the methods

checklists!

Reassurance

STABILIZING/DISTANCING METHODS:

Distancing is stabilization

more stab // more dist

sorted by ...

Breathing-Exercises

Resources (R) /
Resource Work (RW)

graphic / Prezi

Protective Cover (PC)

Inner Safe Place (ISP/SP)

Slow+Short Bilateral Stimulation (SS-BLS)

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BLS

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ISP

IH

Bird

by CB?

FAQ

Containment (C)

"Safebox/Vault"-Method

Processing (P)

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caveat

Scope in the AoC Course

Processing of distressing/traumatic experiences

Processing

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ICW

FL-BLP

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Typical Combinations:

... of individual methods (at the same time):

// ESSP

SS-BLP

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R(W)

PC

ISP

ISP

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IH

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Integration (I)

CB methods

mourning

Case Studies / Examples

The Demonstrations

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Aftermath of the Barcelona Attack - Aug 17, 2017

Common Questions

Psychological First Aid

Concept - elaborate

included in AoC

Specific Topics

Stabilizing Groups / Group Setting

Children / Adolescents

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