Trauma-Informed Lens Podcast

Episode 50: Trauma & Hope

Posted on August 28, 2018

Episode 50: Trauma & Hope

Podcasters: Matthew Bennett, Curt Mower, & Dr. Jerry Yager

Trauma makes everything about surviving the situation and resulting pain and suffering. While some recover from trauma quickly, others struggle for years and even decades with hopelessness and depression. For most people finding hope is a crucial part of their journey to post-traumatic growth. In this episode, Matt, Curt, and Jerry explore the importance of helping people find hope and the science behind the power of hope to transform lives.

Discussion questions:

  1. When have you seen the power of hope manifest in your work or your own life?
  2. How have you helped people find hope for a better future after experiencing trauma?
  3. Does anything in the podcast help you identify how you, or your program, can help people find hope in their lives?

4 responses to “Episode 50: Trauma & Hope”

  1. Theresa Barney says:

    I LOVED this episode–esp. Jerry’s idea that activities done for the purpose of co-regulation have value!! As an OT, this is what I do and believe in as a trauma informed OT!! Thank you! I also love his opening bright shiny moment comments about storytelling and also about combining ABA with sensory and regulatory activities and wish you could talk more about both. I’ve been developing a strong interest in storytelling, listening to storytelling podcasts and learning how to tell a good story. I would love to be able to work on that with my students! Finally, I really love how the podcasts works to find common ground between trauma informed care and behavioral approaches.

    • Matthew Bennett says:

      Thanks so much, Theresa! We love doing the podcast and it is always great to hear people are enjoying in from different professional backgrounds. All three of us are HUGE fans of OT and sensory work. Matt

  2. Theresa Barney says:

    If I confused Curt and Jerry, my apologies :). Also appreciated the vagal nerve info. Was thinking about how gagging calms the vagal nerve and how that might tie into some eating disorders?

    • Matthew Bennett says:

      No worries. I’ll admit that eating disorders are not my area of expertise. I would not recommend gagging for those with eating disorders unless I found strong data supporting the practice. It seems like the act would be too close to behaviors associated with the disorder and would likely cause a relapse. Good point, make sure the intervention fits the situation and doesn’t do harm!! Thanks for listening Theresa!

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