What is the nature of our research?
As we were studying the various books, articles and web sites about trauma, we began to notice two patterns.
- The proponents of a particular approach talked only about their own School, and mentioned little, if anything about other approaches. It was as if they were the only show in town.
- And many of the Schools implied that the only way to learn about their approach was to take their exclusive and expensive training program, available only to suitably qualified professionals.
Our intention is to be inclusive and accessible, describing as many relevant approaches as we can, and making them available for you to learn for yourself.
We believe that the process for healing trauma and becoming resilient and socially engaged is similar to the process for healing a cut finger.
Just as with the natural process of healing a cut, so it is with trauma. As Peter Levine explains in his book In An Unspoken Voice, we have an innate capacity for self recovery.
With a cut, it helps to understand that we prevent infection by washing and cleaning the wound, perhaps put in a stitch or two, then apply a bandage and let the natural healing process take care of the rest. And also it helps to have a healthy lifestyle, a body that is well cared for and in balance.
Human beings have a natural resilience mechanism for dealing with trauma. It helps us recover from most traumatic experiences. In some cases, it gets stuck. We can help it reboot and get to work - we need to wash and clean the trauma experience, perhaps apply some stitches, and let nature do the rest, in the amazing way that it knows how. And of course, to make sure that we live a healthy and balanced life.
You don't need an expensive and exclusive training in a Professional School - you can learn to use the tools that jump start your natural trauma-healing mechanisms.
So instead of a Closed Source School offering exclusive expensive interventions, we offer access to Open Source Tools that anyone can use for Self-Learning.
And although the trauma experiences often manifest in complex and confusing ways, there is a clear and understandable core connecting process that can be learned and applied.
This is not to make light of the challenges that trauma causes, nor to disregard the powerful assistance available from experienced trained professionals. We need every resource we can to improve our quality of life.
Indeed, it is important to realize that almost everyone on the planet has some trauma-related issues to deal with. So not only is our research to be shared with those who are suffering deeply, it can also be used to improve the quality of life of most people.
As you can see from our list of resources and links, there are many who are sharing their insights about how to heal developmental trauma, and we would like to humbly add our own contribution to this growing body of knowledge.
In summary, the resources of our Developmental Trauma Research Group are intended for two types of people:
- Trained Professionals who want to find out about and use new tools for helping their clients deal with the effects of trauma.
- Private individuals who want to find out about and use tools for Self-Learning that help them deal with the effects of trauma in their own lives.