2: Neurobiology of sexual trauma: Trauma response, post-traumatic stress, and Empowerment Self-Defense

The second of three PowerPoints translating my research on the intersection of Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD), the neurobiology of stress and resilience, and social work.

This slide-show provides an introduction to the neurobiological mechanisms of traumatic stress. There are many multi-media links embedded in the presentation. ESD instructors, trauma survivors, social workers and others should be interested in our growing knowledge about the effects of trauma on the brain and body. 

Because I Can

I had the privilege of delivering the sermon at my house of worship (Unitarian Universalist) once again, on Sunday, August 2, 2015. I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends to teach and inspire me. 

This service started not as a gathering for worship on a warm summer Sunday, but at a kitchen table in a dark and quiet house at the end of a long winter day. The children are finally asleep. The dinner dishes have been washed. The lamplight throws warmth in small circles. And the grown-ups sit at the humble kitchen table with a cup of tea -- or a glass of whiskey, if that’s a good choice for you -- and we talk about what matters.

And someone tells a story that becomes a kind of guide for your life.