This Changes Everything…Eventually!

Posted on October 20, 2017

This Changes Everything…Eventually!

As most of you know, the last six months were a roller coaster ride for me, leaving a nonprofit I helped start, starting my own business to focus on speaking and writing, launching the Trauma-Informed Lens Podcast, and publishing my first book/audiobook Connecting Paradigms: A trauma-informed & neurobiological framework for Motivational Interviewing Implementation. My hope six months ago was that by now I could offer the world new and innovative resources to help those struggling with trauma. It is always hard for me to measure how my efforts help spread the trauma-informed paradigm, I do know I’ve had a great deal of fun and received some fantastic feedback from all corners of the country.

It won’t surprise anyone in the Matt’s Mumblings community that I often have more to say about a subject than time and space allows. I ran into this issue with Connecting Paradigms as well. I want to include every story and analogy that I ever used in my blog posts or trainings. While it was fun for me to squeeze all this into one volume, all the additional material made it difficult for me to develop the main points I wanted to make about helping others heal and change. I started to cut out some of my favorite teaching analogies which resulted in a much better book and a pile of much-loved material on the “cutting room floor.”

Over the last few months, I have been working on a supplement to the original book I’m calling A Connecting Paradigms Supplement: Talking about Trauma & Change. The inspiration for the supplement came out of my trainings with clients (most of which are in services of organizations whose staff I also train) and the compelling experience of helping people understand the effects of trauma on them and their families. Connecting Paradigms Supplement: Talking about Trauma & Change includes the analogies that have worked so well in my training, organized in a way that helpers can utilize in their individual, group, and classroom settings. The publication date for the supplement is January 2018!

Connecting Paradigms: A trauma-informed & neurobiological framework for Motivational Interviewing Implementation is written primarily for the individual professional for their use with clients. As most readers of this blog realize that while trauma-informed services, mindfulness, MI, and other strategies presented in the book have a transformative power in our work, the power of these approaches multiplies when implemented across programs, organizations, and systems. Broader implementation creates a shared language to communicate across professional expertise, sends a coherent message to clients receiving services, and provides measurable outcomes that serve as the heart of quality improvement processes.

Over the next several posts, I want to use the concepts in Connecting Paradigms: A trauma-informed & neurobiological framework for Motivational Interviewing Implementation to help us explore how programs, organizations, and systems can implement best practices into the core of their operations. Change for an individual client is difficult, changing how a team, organization, or system operates requires a great deal of strategic planning, leadership, and motivation. It is important to acknowledge that any best practice is only as good as the professionals and teams that implement them. Integrating trauma-informed practices, MI, harm reduction, and mindfulnesses requires as much focus on team dynamics and organizational culture as it does skill building and knowledge acquisition.

I’m asking two of my good friends Deborah Borne and Russha Montag Knauer to bring their expertise to our discussion. Deborah Borne, MSW, MD is the Medical Director of the Transitional Division at San Francisco Department of Public Health.  I met Deb after a trauma-informed leadership training I conducted at an HIV conference. Besides being a great friend, Deb and I have collaborated on training on trauma-informed care, trauma and spiritualize, Motivational Interviewing, and self-care. Besides being a kick butt medical doctor and social worker, Deb is one of the most innovative thinkers on quality improvement I’ve met. Not only does she position quality efforts as central to service delivery, but she also connects quality improvement to trauma-informed care in a beautiful way that adds a whole new depth of understanding to the process of healing and transformation.

Russha Montag Knauer, MA and I are engaged in a decade-long discussion around our passions for the brain, change, and healing. Like Deb, it didn’t take long after meeting Russha, an Analyst at the Colorado Division of Probation Services, to realize I found a professional soul mate! As I wrote in the acknowledgment of Connecting Paradigms “I also thank my good friend, trauma-informed champion, and Motivational Interviewing guru Russha Montag Knauer. Russha served as the second editor and gave up so much of her time to help with the Connecting Paradigms project. This book was in great part inspired by the conversations Russha and I have shared over the years. Her brilliance and passion contributed greatly to this book.” I bring her into this discussion because of her expertise in implementation science and experience integrating best practices into systems and programs.”

With this implementation/quality dream team, I want to explore how to maximize the best practices presented in the book. Part book study with some amazing thinkers (and me!) and part technical assistance on implementing best practices, the next couple of months offer a unique opportunity to take different paradigms in healing and implement them across systems.

As a special offer, I want to get you a discounted rate on the e-book. I’m able to offer the e-book for $19.99 (33% off) if you click here (see directions below). You can also get the print book and audiobook on Amazon (sorry, I can’t offer discounts on these).

To get the deal on the e-book click here

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  • In order to access this discounted rate, you’ll need to manually load the e-book file to your desktop, phone, or tablet/Kindle. You can find instructions here.

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