Trauma-Informed Lens Podcast

Episode 48: Serve and Return Communication

Posted on August 14, 2018

Episode 48: Serve and Return Communication

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

In earlier episodes, we introduced the concept of serve and return communication. This week Matt, Curt, and Jerry take a deeper dive into this concept from a scientific and practical standpoint. Serve and return communication strengthens neural connections that support emotional regulations and social engagement. Many people growing up in chaotic home environment did not get the opportunity to engage with their parents in this critical developmental activity. We explore the concept and how integrating serve and return communication is an important aspect of trauma-informed services.

Discussion questions:

  1. How do you currently use serve and return in our communication with those you work with?
  2. Are there structural changes you could implement to increase opportunity for serve and return interactions?
  3. How could you use the concepts presented in this podcast to improve your communication style?

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