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Health After Trauma
An eZine for survivors of trauma and those who support them
May 2008

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In This Issue:
  • From Dr T and Creekside Communications
  • Good for the Women or the Children?
  • Writing for Wellness--Story by Story
  • Submit Your Request for Online Presentations Regarding Health After Trauma
  • NY Times Features Screening for Abuse
  • Wait: Don't Leave Yet

  • Good for the Women or the Children?

    Editors note: Dealing with Child Protective Services (CPS) concerns and Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse (IPVA) present an ongoing challenge in the IPVA community. On the one hand, stripping the children away from an abused mother just adds more abuse to her. On the other hand, leaving the children in a home where the perpetrator continues to abuse the mother sets the stage for child abuse as well as teaching the child that violence among couples is OK.

    Changing the way we view and fund treatment in abused families


    Linda Toche-Manley

    Domestic violence affects all of us -- in our bodies, our emotions, our relationships and our children. To effectively tackle the impact of domestic violence, it must be addressed as a serious family problem -- not as a "women's" problem. ...

    Click here to read the article...

    Writing for Wellness--Story by Story

    Whether you are a survivor of trauma or abuse or a professional supporting survivors, you no doubt have many, many stories to tell. Perhaps you have thought, "I should write a book." Or friends and family have said, "You need to write a book!"

    Either way, make the leap from talking stories to writing stories by joining us in Half Moon Bay, CA, this coming June, September, and November

    From the course announcement:

    Save 6/20, 6/21, 9/26, or 11/21, 2008 to attend a one-day workshop at Cameron's Inn at The Outback. 1410 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA. Choose to attend whichever day works best in your schedule or elect to attend more than one day to experience the same material with new writing exercises and a different group of attendees.

    Each workshop covers much of the same material. At the same time, the nature of the workshop changes each time depending on the attendees present and the questions and concerns put forth by the attendees. Past attendees who have attended more than one workshop report having an even richer experience in subsequent workshops.

    The $95.00 fee includes lunch and writing materials.

    When you attend one of these workshops, you will become a Creekside Communications Seminar alumni and this affords you the opportunity to attend future events at significantly lowered rates.

    Submit Your Request for Online Presentations Regarding Health After Trauma

    Today's widespread access to the World Wide Web affords us with the opportunity to attend lectures and seminars without ever leaving home. In the near future, the Health After Trauma project of Creekside Communications will be offering such presentations that you can participate in during the time of the presentation.

    Please let us know what topics you would like covered in these sessions. Each presentation will present 20 to 30 minutes of material followed by a question-and-answer period.

    If your suggestion for a topic is selected, you will receive a free copy of Dr T's eBook, WellWriting® for Health After Trauma and Abuse.

    P.S. You can suggest more than one topic.

    NY Times Features Screening for Abuse
    First Strike program

    The issue of health professionals screening for domestic violence made the NY Times last week. Dr. Erin Marcus, in her Tuesday, May 20, 2008 article about screening, notes that in a recent nationwide survey of nearly 5,000 women "only 7 percent said a health professional had ever asked them about domestic or family violence."

    In light of this, I want to salute the good folks at Jacobi Medical Center in New York who hosted the 10th Annual Warren Wetzel, MD, Trauma / Emergency Medicine Symposium. Six days before this article by Dr. Marcus appeared in the NY Times, I had the good fortune to participate in the Jacobi symposium and presented a talk on "Taking Aim at Intimate Partner Violence Trauma."

    Kudos to conference planners Sheldon H. Teperman, MD, and Janet Cucuzzo, RN, for including a presentation on intimate partner violence and domestic abuse in their outstanding program.

    Wait: Don't Leave Yet

    Time for a little chuckle or smile


    Tough times call for unique responses.

    When the local navy recruiting station failed to make its quota for a few months running, local brass gathered for a brainstorming session.

    "We need to think out of the box," one said.

    "Yes, and be a little far out to draw attention," replied another.

    "Not only that, we need to find a new recruit that will make others want to join," chimed yet another.


    From Dr T and Creekside Communications

    April was a great month for us. We hosted two WellWriting workshops that proved to be quite successful. You can read about them and what our attendees had to say about their experience by clicking here and clicking here.

    As you will see in this eZine, more workshops are planned for the future. Grab a sweater and head on out to beautiful Half Moon Bay to join us.

    We are planning to do online presentations in the future. Please send us your suggestions. As noted in one of the articles in this eZine--you might even win a prize.

    Visit DrT's writing blog