Healing Blog

21/01/2019
The Cockburn Range near the Pentecost River. On the right, you can see our transport and campsite.

The Healing Power of Country

The present blog is based very closely on one I wrote in September 2018 for my website Sharing Culture. Sharing Culture is an educational resource I developed in 2014 to help facilitate the healing of intergenerational, or historical, trauma. It was inspired by my reading of Judy Atkinson’s […]
18/01/2019
Dr. Vincent Felitti, co-founder of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study.

How Childhood Trauma Can Make You A Sick Adult

As I described in my last Healing blog, one theme which is at the heart of the Carrolup Story involves the removal of Aboriginal children from their parents. Today, we know that adverse experiences in childhood can impact powerfully on a person’s physical and psychological wellbeing many years […]
15/01/2019
Bruce Perry, a psychiatrist, is the Senior Fellow (and Founder) of the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, Texas, USA.

Six Core Strengths for Healthy Child Development

One theme which is at the heart of the Carrolup Story involves the removal of Aboriginal children from their parents. These children became known as the Stolen Generations. This did not just happen to most of the children at Carrolup, but occurred to Aboriginal children across Australia, and […]
09/01/2019
Eilean Donan Castle at the entrance of Loch Duich in Scotland.

A Journey Toward Recovery: From the Inside Out

Some of you will know that I have worked in the addiction and mental health field for over 40 years, spending the first 25 years as a neuroscientist working on the brain neurotransmitter dopamine. I eventually closed my laboratory because I: (1) stopped believing in disease models of […]
11/12/2018
Screen capture of an image from the film 'We Shall Remain' by The StyleHorse Collective.

‘We Shall Remain’ – The StyleHorse Collective

WE SHALL REMAIN was created to address the effects of historical trauma in our tribal communities. Many times, these untended wounds are at the core of much of the self-inflicted pain experienced in Native America. Much like fire, this pain can either be devastatingly destructive or wisely harnessed […]
08/12/2018
Carrolup School, a healing sanctuary during the time that Noel White was teacher, May 1946 - December 1950. Photographer: John Stanton, 26th November 2018.

Recovery From Trauma – Judith Herman (Part 2)

In my Healing Blog postings, I’m going to use a lot of quotes and film clips of people who I consider to be experts in the field, people like Judy Atkinson, Bessel van der Kolk, Bruce Perry, Judith Herman, James Gordon, Karen Treisman and Gabor Maté. Their words are […]
06/12/2018
Some of the Carrolup young artists. Front row: Reynold Hart (Far Left), Parnell Dempster (Middle) and Revel Cooper (Far Right). Back row, 2nd Left: Barry Loo. Do you know who the other boys are?

Good relationships are the key to healing trauma – Karen Treisman

In my last Healing Blog posting, I took a quote from Judith Herman’s classic book Trauma and Recovery about the importance of relationships in helping a person recover (heal) from trauma: Recovery can take place only within the context of relationships; it cannot occur in isolation. In her renewed connection […]
04/12/2018
The boys and girls of Carrolup outside their school classrooms. Photographer: Noel White in 1948/49. Noel & Lily White Collection.

Recovery from trauma – Judith Herman

Judith Herman’s book Trauma and Recovery is a classic. Judith starts the recovery part of her book, in a chapter entitled ‘A Healing Relationship’, with some important insights into recovery and healing. ‘The core experiences of psychological trauma are disempowerment and disconnection from others. Recovery, therefore, is based upon the […]
01/12/2018
Bessel van der Kolk, world-leading expert in trauma and the healing of trauma.

Learn the Signs and Symptoms of PTSD – Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk is one of the world’s leading experts on trauma and the healing of trauma. His book The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, is a classic in the field, one of the best non-fiction books I have […]
26/11/2018
Building Resilient Communities in Gaza: The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.

Fulfilling Trauma’s Hidden Promise – James Gordon

Here is a wonderful talk by James Gordon, Founder of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in the US. The Center for Mind-Body Medicine creates communities of hope and healing. It has the world’s largest, most effective evidence-based program for healing population-wide psychological trauma and stress. It brings together a […]
22/11/2018

Intergenerational, or Historical, Trauma Revisited

I was pleased that Wazza Jones blogged on Tuesday about the impact of intergenerational trauma on his family. His statement was deeply moving. The Healing Foundation film, made for the Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health, was well done and impactful. If you haven’t visited already, please check out […]
20/11/2018

‘My Family’s Story’ by Wazza Jones

‘Here is a film clip from The Healing Foundation that helps us understand why many of our Bibbullmun / Noongar people and our communities are broken. This is My Dad’s RIP story, my sister’s story, my story and our family’s story. Yes, life is not easy and everyone is dealing […]
17/11/2018
Dr. Gabor Maté, renowned addiction expert, calls for a compassionate approach toward addiction. He believes that the source of addictions is not to be found in genes but in the early childhood environment.

Addiction and Psychological Pain

During the many years I spent working in the addiction and mental health field, first as a neuroscientist and later helping empower people to facilitate their recovery (healing), I rarely heard the word ‘trauma’ being used. I would often visit addiction treatment services in the UK and very […]
14/11/2018

The Value of Deep Listening: The Aboriginal Gift to the Nation – Judy Atkinson

I was inspired into the field of trauma healing by a remarkable woman, Judy Atkinson. Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson is a Jiman (central west Queensland) and Bundjalung (northern New South Wales) woman, with Anglo-Celtic and German heritage. She lives in Goolmangar, New South Wales. Judy manages the remarkable initiative, […]
09/11/2018

The Impact of Colonisation

The impact of colonisation on Indigenous peoples has been similar in a number of countries, including Australia, Canada, America and New Zealand. In her book Trauma Trails: Recreating Songlines, Professor Judy Atkinson describes how the control of Indigenous peoples by the coloniser was facilitated by three main types of […]
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