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Community Luncheon - September 25th, Peterborough

Opening Remarks from Julie Brundle

"Welcome everyone. Thank you all for being here today! For being part of this developing collaborative with the aim of supporting providers, community members, leaders, individuals, families, agencies and organizations alike in educating, supporting, and taking effective action when it comes to understanding, and addressing ‘trauma’ in its many forms. Thanks also to Tom and Becca for organizing this inaugural event and bringing us together (and for providing lunch!!!)

 

Julie Brundle T.I.P Trauma Informed peterborough

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Brundle.
Psychological Associate, PRHC


Working in the mental health field for the past 15 years has certainly been an education for me. This accumulation of experience has deeply informed my understanding of how and why people present with mental health issues (and other difficulties)in the various ways that we see, and at various points along their life continuum. While there is no single, solitary ‘cause’, trauma is certainly a common denominator under the umbrella of ‘suffering’-whatever the constellation of ‘symptoms’ or presenting problems might be.

Julie Brundle Trauma Informed Peterborough‘We’, as providers of care, treatment, support, leadership; and also ‘we’, as consumers of these very same things, can benefit by coming together and unifying around how we understand, how we talk about, and how we address ‘trauma’. In the words of author and psychologist Jon Allen, Trauma is any event that leaves an individual “feeling helpless, afraid, and alone.” It can be one event, a series of events, or a set of conditions that overwhelms a person’s current capacities for coping; physically, emotionally, developmentally, intellectually. These types of overwhelming experiences can lead to a shattered view of the self and the world; they can bring about a ‘loss of meaning’ for the affected individuals. “Loss of meaning.”

These experiences don’t necessarily lead to any specific type of illness- (posttraumatic stress disorder, for example)- but they can and do have the effect of increasing one’s vulnerability to a range of difficulties. There is already some great work being done in our community, without a doubt.

I believe we can also make it better; both in the scope of what service is available and in the depth at which the service is provided.

Let me just end by saying that our understanding of trauma, it’s forms, manifestations, and levels of impact on individuals, families, and communities needs to be at a deep level-a level that transcends the limitations of the words we use.

I think it is important that we ensure that we are using a shared language that is inclusive, practical, informative and accurate. Simplistic as it may sound, I believe it is through this shared language (a language that transcends the limitations of the words we use), and the deepening understanding that can come from it, that we can really hear one another, understand our clients; our community members, our neighbours, our family members who may be suffering. In addition to the remarkable range of ideas, be they practical or conceptual, that this group has the potential to generate today and in the future, it is my hope that this venture of coming together can also share an overarching view of helping people restore ‘meaning’.

Julie Brundle
Psychological Assoc,
PRHC