Has anything changed in the way we classify trauma? Does anything need to change in terms of the way we treat it?
According to therapist Mary Jo Barrett, yes. We're living in a constant state of possible traumatization, she says, under the threat of gun violence, terrorism, and war. In the following interview with Networker Assistant Editor Chris Lyford, she explains why and how our approach to treating trauma needs to change with the times.
Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change and the coauthor of Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change and The Systemic Treatment of Incest.
As Barrett explains, "we need to look at [trauma] more contextually and less individually"—including how it's impacting our communities, the wider world, and our relationships at home. Our clients, she adds, desperately need us to widen our focus. "If you're going to treat trauma," she adds, "you really have to treat all the areas where a person feels devalued."
Stay tuned for more of Barrett's clinical wisdom in our upcoming video blogs!
Did you enjoy this video? Check out our articles on Trauma, or read more about how trauma treatment has evolved over the past 25 years in Janina Fisher's "Putting the Pieces Together." You might also enjoy Mary Sykes Wylie's, "The Long Shadow of Trauma," in which we confront why childhood abuse may be our number one public health issue.
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