Childhood Victories

Insights and strategies to help children and adults heal from childhood trauma
 

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In The Moment erinslaw grounding healing sexualabuse

When we spend a portion of our lives in survival mode, especially during childhood, it may be difficult to be in the present moment. We compartmentalize, avoid, distract, and actively avoid feeling our feelings. Well, I should speak for myself. This is something I am working through...

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Adults Connect Too! erinslaw healing sexualabuse

FULL TRANSCRIPT. (The following is the full transcript of this episode of Catch The Message. Please note that this episode, like all CTM episodes, features Victor and Deanna speaking extemporaneously–They are unscripted and unedited.)

INTRO:  It is time to catch the message,...

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Helping Children Speak Up for Themselves

Wouldn’t it be great if children were born assertive? That they just knew how to feel a feeling, internalize it, and then speak eloquently of their wants, needs, dreams, hopes, aspirations, and goals? If you’ve ever spent time with people though, you know that even adults struggle to...

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Mindfulness Practice
Mindfulness practices such as deep breathing, meditation and yoga are incorporated into classrooms and schools all over the world.  Jelena Obradović, an associate professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education and director of the Stanford Project on Adaptation and...
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Tools for Educators

by Jackie Born, MSW

I’d like to share a short clip with you that explains how ACES (adverse childhood experiences) can deeply affect children, even into adulthood. This is something that as a school social worker, I share with my fellow educators.  This is such a helpful reminder of...

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They've Told You...Now What?

By Deanna Hynes, Sexual Abuse Survivor and Erin's Law Expert

An initial disclosure of sexual abuse is the first step in a survivor’s decision to heal. They have determined that you are a safe person to go to. They are taking a leap of faith telling you what has happened to them, and most...

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Wednesday Thanksgiving

 

 

My Favorite Thanksgiving Memory

My favorite Thanksgiving memory is not particularly a happy one. Which sounds weird, right? Wouldn't something that's on a list of "favorites" be happy? I guess under normal circumstances that'd be true; But my life hasn't exactly been normal....

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Take Ownership!

 

So people ask me, “Victor, how are you able to overcome the fact that you were sexually abused or that your father was a violent alcoholic and you made a decision to not follow in his footsteps? How were you able to have positive relationships and to live a life that is pretty...

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Flip the Switch with Vic

 I want you to imagine you’re in a completely dark room and it’s pitch black. You can’t even see your hand in front of your face. Your goal, obviously, is to get out of the room because you can’t see. The goal is to find a light switch and turn it on. Then...

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