The second part of my training reviews the parts of “psychosis” that are instituted by the system of behavioral control that exists in the mainstream system. It is important for providers to be aware of these and consider approaching them in manners that optimize healing and reduce retraumatization. The philosophy I use to affect behavioral change involves validating the injustice of what people who are subjected to behavioral control endure. Once safety and connection are built up it is time to help them learn behaviors that can minimize the abuse and ultimately that can work against it. Ultimately, I argue it can be important to improve relationships with people who may have tormented them. I outline different stages of coping that help define what is going on and that encourage the growth of relationships,
Once defiant behaviors are enacted I examine the role of stigma and the affects it has on the cognitive structures that survivors have. Perhaps some might argue that this needs to be enacted early on in the process. I argue that it can be, but not in lieu of establishing the genuine connecting that needs to happen. Promoting rational thinking is a tool that can be used at different times for different people depending on their level of subjugation and their ability to be mindful of their distorted thoughts. In a crisis state thoughts and feelings can be hard to access for some particularly if they must exit in places where they feel unsafe and have a history of or tendency to dissociate. I pose rational thought as a tool that can be used to balance ones reality and relieve trauma.
And finally there is the reframing of what has transpired and the healing ability to be grateful for some of the dehumanizing things that were experienced. This also may involve accepting and embracing messages in a new way with emotional skills that enhance functioning and a person’s sense of reality.
Again I use my lived experience, time permitting, to explore exploring institutional experiences in ways that utilize the skills gained from the first half of my work shop to help gain insight into how being understood and joined with is important before addressing behavioral change.
The Power Point is always available below. I have gained significant experience presenting this material and adjusting to the needs of differing audiences.
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