This Week’s [pretty Catholic] Trauma Survivor Resource Roundup

What do trauma survivors need? This week’s resources, Catholic style

Inclusion does not equal endorsement of concept, source, writer, etc.

Update: My Domestic Church has taken over the weekly 7 Quick Takes. I’ll try linking up there.

Do the feasting days of Easter have you drifting into habits you tried dropping during Lent? Maybe it’s time to find your cycle-breaking Beatitude or take Self-Control 101. Image © Erin McCole Cupp 2022
  1. Msgr. Pope is over at OSV with this important piece for intergenerational trauma survivors: What does the Church teach about intergenerational curses?
  2. “You’re too sensitive!” Maybe, maybe not. And if I am, what does that tell you about my past? Heads up for this scholarly article: Pain catastrophizing, pain sensitivity and fear of pain are associated with early life environmental unpredictability: a path model approach.
  3. You all know I’m going to try to attract you all to Catholic In Recovery at every chance I get.
  4. A little more academic nerddom for you: Child Abuse as an Example of Coexistence of Emotional and Physical Trauma Among Children: An Academic Overview With Altmetric Perspective.
  5. For the parents who care: Like a bomb going off in the family: supporting parents whose children experience sexual abuse
  6. So much trauma could be prevented from being passed on if we just took better care of the parents: Supporting Patients With Serious Mental Illness and Comorbid Substance Use Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads (please, leave a review–it takes courage, but it helps the people who need the message find it), and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

This week’s AV: have we heard from Dr. Ramani enough lately? I say no, we have not!

Thanks for reading, listening & watching, fellow image-bearers. Now give My Domestic Church a look-see.

This Week’s (Catholic-style) Trauma Survivor Resource Roundup

What do trauma survivors need? This week’s resources, Catholic style

Inclusion does not equal endorsement of concept, source, writer, etc.

Update: My Domestic Church has taken over the weekly 7 Quick Takes. I’ll try linking up there.

Finding yourself surrounded by chaos and debris? Maybe it’s time to find your cycle-breaking Beatitude or take Self-Control 101.
Image © Erin McCole Cupp 2022

  1. First up: Holy Week is near. If you still aren’t in the Lenten spirit or have already bombed at every penance you promised, I have opened up a private community on Facebook for people who want to spend their Lenten practice on creating intentional relationships where we can go for support when we are tempted to reach for those things not of God. Get heard at Heard Mentality.
  2. Carolyn Astfalk has a story to share about chocolate milk and gratitude. She also shares her experience with our Thursday morning Clubhouse Chaplet of Gratitude and Surrender–do join us!
  3. Andrew J. Bauman blogs about men healing from harmful tendencies. He has some thoughts to consider over on I am insecure and I want my wife to pay for it.
  4. Mental health: it’s not just for the couch anymore. It’s also for the workplace.
  5. This one really got me thinking: what is the opposite of the fight, flight, freeze, and fawn responses? It’s flow.
  6. And, well, this one is from me over at Catholic Mom: Are you a victim or a volunteer?
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads (please, leave a review–it takes courage, but it helps the people who need the message find it), and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

This week’s AV is again all audio and zero visual: Deanna Bartalini did a podcast on GLAD journaling, a tool I’ve been using for a while to help me stay grounded in the good. Give it a listen and maybe give it a try!

Thanks for reading, listening & watching, fellow image-bearers. Now give My Domestic Church a look-see.

This Week’s (Catholic-style) Trauma Survivor Resource Roundup

What do trauma survivors need? This week’s resources, Catholic style

Inclusion does not equal endorsement of concept, source, writer, etc.

Update: My Domestic Church has taken over the weekly 7 Quick Takes. I’ll try linking up there.

No foolin’. It’s time to bloom. Maybe it’s time to find your cycle-breaking Beatitude or take Self-Control 101. Image: Unsplash

  1. First up: if you still aren’t in the Lenten spirit or have already bombed at every penance you promised, I have opened up a private community on Facebook for people who want to spend their Lenten practice on creating intentional relationships where we can go for support when we are tempted to reach for those things not of God. Get heard at Heard Mentality.
  2. Do you find yourself explaining yourself, then explaining some more, then explaining your explanation? Over-explaining is a trauma response related to “fawning.” Read here for more.
  3. I’ve been following MentalHealness (Lee) on TikTok since day 1 or 2. It’s a fascinating look into the mind of someone living with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. (warning: language)
  4. “What has made it hard for you to trust God with your whole heart? Can you return to a trusted place to begin healing that fractured trust?” Roxane Salonen has a beautiful peace on trust over at Catholic Mom: Returning to a Trustful Place.
  5. Going no-contact with family of origin is a touchy subject and one prone to lots of judgment from the outside (ask me how I know). Here are 8 things not to say to people who are estranged from their parents.
  6. A childhood sexual assault survivor shares her story of hearing the stories of offenders: Sexual abuse ruined my life. Then I worked with sex offenders.
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads (please, leave a review–it takes courage, but it helps the people who need the message find it), and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

This week’s AV is all audio and zero visual: Sus Long’s “God of Every Daughter.” Listen to the lyrics and tell me what you think in the comments.

Thanks for reading, listening & watching, fellow image-bearers. Now give My Domestic Church a look-see.

This Week’s Resources for Catholic Trauma Survivors

What do Catholic trauma survivors need? This week’s resources

Inclusion does not equal endorsement of concept, source, writer, etc.

Update: My Domestic Church has taken over the weekly 7 Quick Takes. I’ll try linking up there.

God wants you to do what now? Maybe it’s time to find your cycle-breaking Beatitude or take Self-Control 101. Image: Wikimedia

  1. First up: if you still aren’t in the Lenten spirit or have already bombed at every penance you promised, I have opened up a private community on Facebook for people who want to spend their Lenten practice on creating intentional relationships where we can go for support when we are tempted to reach for those things not of God. Get heard at Heard Mentality.
  2. Hypervigilant? Numbed out? “Experiences of childhood maltreatment seem to be linked to an increased early vigilance to emotional social signals and to an attentional avoidance of hostile facial expressions at a later stage of perception. The present results suggest a vigilance-avoidance pattern of attention allocation associated with childhood maltreatment.” You might be interested in reading more from this study on experiences of maltreatment in childhood and attention to facial emotions in healthy young women.
  3. What is Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or C-PTSD?
  4. Trauma survivors are sick of rejection and betrayal. And yet, God didn’t not answer. He said no.
  5. I think there might be a touch of codependency in this, but there is still a kindness in not rubbing our friends’ noses in our joys: When we unintentionally hurt our friends.
  6. Dealing with high conflict people?
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads (please, leave a review–it takes courage, but it helps the people who need the message find it), and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

This week’s AV: some more Dr. Ramani

Thanks for reading, listening & watching, fellow image-bearers. Now give My Domestic Church a look-see.

This Week’s Resources for Catholic Trauma Survivors

What do Catholic trauma survivors need? This week’s resources

Inclusion does not equal endorsement of concept, source, writer, etc.

Update: My Domestic Church has taken over the weekly 7 Quick Takes. I’ll try linking up there.

Want to be more like Joe? Maybe it’s time to find your cycle-breaking Beatitude or take Self-Control 101. Image: Unsplash

  1. First up: if you still aren’t in the Lenten spirit or have already bombed at every penance you promised, I have opened up a private community on Facebook for people who want to spend their Lenten practice on creating intentional relationships where we can go for support when we are tempted to reach for those things not of God. Get heard at Heard Mentality.
  2. “Reality is the only place to find God.” Helen Syski writes at Catholic Mom about how our limitations are love notes from God.
  3. I don’t love everything in this article, so there’s that, but here’s a piece on how adverse childhood experiences in just one individual can lead to world war.
  4. I know the meaning of suffering is a struggle-filled topic for us trauma survivors. Still, Rebecca Martin (All Things New editor, btw) writes at Catholic Mom about that very topic in Flat Tires and Unexpected Graces.
  5. Last week was the feast of St. Frances of Rome. She’s the patroness of automobile drivers, but you might also want to read her story if you, too, could use a sensate experience of angelic protection & provision.
  6. Adverse childhood experiences have a negative effect on brain function. Here are some things you can do (or not do, as the case may be) to lessen those negative effects.
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads (please, leave a review–it takes courage, but it helps the people who need the message find it), and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

This week’s AV: we haven’t heard from Dr. Ramani in a while, have we?

Thanks for reading, listening & watching, fellow image-bearers. Now give My Domestic Church a look-see.

This Week’s Resources for Catholic Trauma Survivors

What do Catholic trauma survivors need? This week’s resources

Update: My Domestic Church has taken over the weekly 7 Quick Takes. I’ll try linking up there.

Is it your time to bloom? Maybe it’s time to find your cycle-breaking Beatitude or take Self-Control 101. Image: Unsplash

  1. First up: if you still aren’t in the Lenten spirit or have already bombed at every penance you promised, I have opened up a private community on Facebook for people who want to spend their Lenten practice on creating intentional relationships where we can go for support when we are tempted to reach for those things not of God. Get heard at Heard Mentality.
  2. “I was only joking! You’re so sensitive!” And then there’s Msgr. Pope at OSV with “What does the Church teach about teasing?
  3. Faith Hakesley is at the Ruth Institute answering the questions many of us get asked, “Why did the victim keep going back to his/her abuser?” The answer is grooming. What is grooming?
  4. And what is financial abuse?
  5. Do you know the difference between codependency and enabling?
  6. PTSD isn’t exactly a relationship booster. A recent study looked at how brains affected by PTSD struggle to process social interaction input.
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads (please, leave a review–it takes courage, but it helps the people who need the message find it), and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

This week’s AV: let’s talk ALL about Bruno!

Thanks for reading, listening & watching, fellow image-bearers. Now give My Domestic Church a look-see.

This Week’s Resources for Catholic Trauma Survivors

This Week’s Resources for Catholic Trauma Survivors

Update: My Domestic Church has taken over the weekly 7 Quick Takes. I’ll try linking up there.

Is it your time to bloom? Maybe it’s time to find your cycle-breaking Beatitude or take Self-Control 101. Image: Unsplash

  1. First up: if you still aren’t in the Lenten spirit or have already bombed at every penance you promised, I have opened up a private community on Facebook for people who want to spend their Lenten practice on creating intentional relationships where we can go for support when we are tempted to reach for those things not of God. Get heard at Heard Mentality.
  2. Restorative justice practices in the classroom build community.
  3. US Catholic has an article with the same title as a questions many (if not most) trauma survivors ask themselves: Jesus loves you. Can you believe it? #lent
  4. Are you being manipulated? Verywell Health has some signs for you to keep in mind.
  5. Hey. You’re you. Make sure you don’t lose your identity in a relationship.
  6. Feeling Troubled? Catholic Mom’s Jennifer Scheuereman has some reflections.
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads (please, leave a review–it takes courage, but it helps the people who need the message find it), and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

This week’s AV: watch my Catholic Mom Facebook Live–RATS! It’s Lent!–about how much we need community to stay faithful to our Lenten promises

Thanks for reading, listening & watching, fellow image-bearers. Now give My Domestic Church a look-see.

This Week’s Resources for Catholic Trauma Survivors

This Week’s Resources for Catholic Trauma Survivors

Update: My Domestic Church has taken over the weekly 7 Quick Takes. I’ll try linking up there.

Brace yourselves. Lent is coming. Sick of failing at Lent? Maybe it’s time to find your cycle-breaking Beatitude. Image: Unsplash

  1. First up: if you still don’t know what to do for Lent, I’m opening up a private community on Facebook for people who want to spend their Lenten practice on creating intentional relationships where we can go for support when we are tempted to reach for those things not of God. Get heard at Heard Mentality.
  2. PREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEACH! Christi Braschler is at Catholic Mom with a post for all of us who didn’t/don’t have a village to help us raise our kids.
  3. COVID & teletherapy: a match made in heaven. Maybe. This British study looks at the differences in outcomes between in-person therapy and online counseling in university students.
  4. Lara Patangan of Simple Mercies has a piece at Catholic Mom about how celebration and reflection are two sides of the same spiritual coin. Trauma survivors, read her Shrove Tuesday for some ponderings on how celebration has its place next to remorse in the spiritual life.
  5. Our Sunday Visitor News has a twist on a question abuse survivors and those who love them ask: Why would God create someone who will choose hell?
  6. Music and art therapy seem to help with depression and PTSD, among other disorders. Scientists are at last interested in finding out why.
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads (please, leave a review–it takes courage, but it helps the people who need the message find it), and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

This week’s AV: can dogs get PTSD?

Thanks for reading, listening & watching, fellow image-bearers. Now give My Domestic Church a look-see.

This Week’s Resources for Catholic Trauma Survivors

This Week’s Resources for Catholic Trauma Survivors

Update: My Domestic Church has taken over the weekly 7 Quick Takes. I’ll try linking up there.

Is hope pushing up through the cold in your life? Maybe it’s time to find your cycle-breaking Beatitude. Image: Unsplash

  1. Am I the drama? Mashable actually has a pretty cogent piece on #traumatok and the risks and benefits involved in sourcing mental health support through social media. Fave quote: “High quality, culturally competent, and affordable mental health care is notoriously hard to get in the U.S. By comparison, social media is free. Public processing may be unseemly to those who view it as excessive; for others, it’s an improvised support system that meets an urgent need.”
  2. “Calm down!” Yeah, has that ever helped? No. What actually does help? Naming stuff.
  3. How does your parents’ divorce play into your congestive heart failure? Childhood adversity is a ’cause of causes’ of adult illnesses and mental health problems.
  4. How do you break an addiction to a person?
  5. Did you grow up with a narcissistic parent?
  6. Before y’all flip out, I’m not promoting Buddhism by linking to something from Tiny Buddha. Dominicans are all about promoting the truth, no matter who’s telling it. So here’s a piece about how from this moment forward we are free to tell a new story with our lives.
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads (please, leave a review–it takes courage, but it helps the people who need the message find it), and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

This week’s AV: I found Paul Deiss Smith II via Catholic Mom. Give him a listen!

Thanks for reading, listening & watching, fellow image-bearers. Now give My Domestic Church a look-see.

This Week’s Resources for Catholic Trauma Survivors

This Week’s Resources for Catholic Trauma Survivors

Update: My Domestic Church has taken over the weekly 7 Quick Takes. I’ll try linking up there.

Having trouble believing such an outrageous claim? Maybe it’s time to find your cycle-breaking Beatitude. Image: Unsplash

  1. “This year, try making a Valentine’s Day resolution to alter the pattern of how you love.” Read more from Elayne Grosmith at Catholic Mom.
  2. BozLaw is a interstate law firm that specializes in representing in court survivors of sexual abuse. They have an insightful post on The Many Deceptions of Sex Offenders Who Get Caught and Those Who Believe Them.
  3. “There’s a gift there in the near darkness.” For those of us who were punished for breaking our parents’ sleep (and for those of us who as parents punished our children in any way for same), Carolyn Astfalk has a beautiful peace about nighttime parenting.
  4. February is Teen Dating Violence Month. On that note, here’s a piece for those who may still be healing from dating violence: Reflecting on My Abusive Relationship As an Adult.
  5. Speaking of dating & Valentine’s Day, what’s the difference between love and attachment?
  6. A breakdown of eight, count ’em, EIGHT types of scapegoating in the narcissistic family system. What flavor are you?
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads (please, leave a review–it takes courage, but it helps the people who need the message find it), and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

This week’s AV: even Matthew Kelly is talking about the damage caused by narcissism in relationtionships!

Thanks for reading, listening & watching, fellow image-bearers. Now give My Domestic Church a look-see.