Saturday, August 06, 2016

Appreciation for Suits for Success Partners

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In the words of the youth themselves, as written in their evaluations:
  • Thank you  (many, many youth wrote this in their evaluations)
  • Very nice people and lots of nice clothing
  • Very great idea for youth; I appreciate the generosity
  • Very pleased!!!  The woman helping me was awesome!
  • Easy to find size - amazing for easy clothes
  • Very nice thing to do for us. Thank you so much.
  • Thanks for the wonderful clothes
  • Wonderful helpers. They were extremely respectful and amazing.
  • It was fun to look through the different options and find what you needed.
  • This was nice and generous. Thank you!
  • Very helpful person.
  • I had fun (multiple youth mentioned this)
  • Great clothes - very helpful to me - I appreciate the help (that the helper provided in selecting clothing)
  • This was great!  I can use these clothes for interviews.
  • This is a very helpful thing - great!
  • Really cute outfits
  • It was cool going through the different clothes and seeing what would be good for an interview
  • Cute clothes
  • Loved everything. I think it's an awesome thing, especially for young men who may not be able to afford a suit. Thanks lots!
  • You are a great help. Thank you so much. 
  • The workers provided great assistance.
  • I really appreciate what your organization is doing. It really helps. Thank you.
  • Thank you and I appreciate everything. 
  • Very presentable!
  • Thank you for everything...

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Traumatic Memory ~ Talking Doesn't Always Help

In The Neuroscience of Traumatic Memory, Bessel van der Kolk and Ruth Buczynski explore how trauma affects the brain and how traumatic memory differs from other memories.

They note that some of the best therapy to address trauma is non-verbal.

Traumatic memory is formed and stored very differently than everyday memory.

Dr. Van der Kolk: If a person was abused as a child, the brain can become wired to believe, “I’m a person to whom terrible things happen, and I better be on the alert for who’s going to hurt me now.” 

Those are conscious thoughts that become stored in a very elementary part of the brain.

When trauma occurs: The brain becomes overwhelmed. That’s because the thalamus shuts down and the entire picture of what happened can’t be stored in their brain. “Instead of forming specific memories of the full event, people who have been traumatized remember images, sights, sounds, and physical sensations without much context.”

So instead of forming specific memories of the full event, people who have been traumatized remember images, sights, sounds, and physical sensations without much context. And certain sensations just become triggers of the past.

Dr. Van der Kolk: You see, the brain continually forms maps of the world – maps of what is safe and what is dangerous. That’s how the brain becomes wired. People carry an internal map of who they are in relationship to the world.

Implicit memory system: Rather than being stored verbally, traumatic memory is a much more elementary, organic level of a single sensation triggering the state of fear.


Dr. Van der Kolk: It’s important to recognize that PTSD is not about the past. It’s about a body that continues to behave and organize itself as if the experience is happening right now.

That’s why the main focus of therapy needs to be helping people shift their internal experience or, in other words, how the trauma is lodged inside them.

Talking can be less effective than nonverbal therapy: Talking can actually distract a patient from feeling, and from taking stock of what's going on inside.

Dr. Van der Kolk: All too often, when people feel traumatized, their bodies can feel like they’re under threat even if it’s a beautiful day and they’re in no particular danger. So our task becomes helping people to feel those feelings of threat, and to just notice how the feelings go away as time goes on.

This won't be forever: It’s important to help a patient learn that, when a sensation comes up, it’s okay to have it because something else will come next. This is one way we can help patients re-establish this sense of time which gets destroyed by the trauma.

Dr. Van der Kolk:  Once a patient knows that something will come to an end, their whole attitude changes. Sensations and emotions become intolerable for clients because they think, “This will never come to an end.” But once a patient knows that something will come to an end, their whole attitude changes.