As part of our staff meeting today we watched this video by Diane Langberg. It reviews the 3 stages of typical trauma recovery process plus focuses on the impact of the work on the counselor. Self-care is a common conversation these days. However, a few lines stuck out to me:
Unless we take care of ourselves, we will not be able to bear witness…. Vicarious trauma is not something done to us but a consequence of having empathy…. Evil and suffering also provide an opportunity to expose the weak places in [the counselor]…. Seek out the antidotes to the poison that you sit with…[these antidotes] are not just good coping mechanisms but part and parcel to living the life obedient to God.
One response to “Complex Trauma: Going Deeper, By Diane Langberg”
So very helpful.
At about 23:00 minutes into the video Diane says that she will give a few closing thoughts and this “little homework thing.” The video stops before she gives the “homework thing.” Is it possible to find out what it was?