"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."
- Helen Keller
Hurt people, hurt people. Trauma that has not been processed in healthy ways can lead to dysfunctions affecting mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. This is particularly true of the traumas experienced in childhood, as reflected in the studies of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Coping mechanisms that ensured survival from trauma in childhood or young adulthood may not be effective at promoting physical health or long-term mental and emotional well-being. When unaddressed, these dysfunctions can result in a host of health problems and maladaptive behaviors. With regard to physical health, the ACE studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente show increased likelihood of risk of adult onset of chronic health problems including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. In terms of mental health and behavioral outcomes, higher ACE scores result in higher incidence of substance abuse, anxiety, depression, mental illness, involvement in the juvenile criminal justice systems and suicide.
“Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on future violence, victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. “ – CDC website
As we know, dysfunction is often passed along through family systems, with parents unconsciously repeating unhealthy patterns of behavior. How can parents be expected to teach what they have never taught? It is encouraging to note that most parents who were abused or neglected as children DO NOT repeat unhealthy patterns. Why then, do some families repeat cycles of abuse? How do individuals and families break these cycles? How can individuals parent using proactive approaches, rather than reactive ones? These are questions we explore in our workshops and training opportunities.
Circle Up incorporates the understanding of resilience and restoration into our trauma training. We believe everyone suffers trauma on some level, whether it is labeled trivial or profound. The experience of suffering cannot be quantified. We also know it is possible not only to survive trauma, but to turn traumatic experiences into fuel for personal growth and authentic self-expression. Pain need not define us, but can instead refine us, making us stronger, more resilient and more successful in all our personal endeavors.
Circle Up provides one-hour to one-day training on the effects of trauma, along with strategies to interrupt the cycle of trauma, enhance resilience and help facilitate healing.
We also offer seminars and retreat experiences for professionals susceptible to work-related compassion fatigue or secondary trauma from working with traumatized children and adults.