Need to talk to someone or report abuse? Call: 1-800-4ACHILD or 1-800-422-4458
The person who answers your call can help you figure out what to do and how to get help. If you call from a land line instead of a cell phone, the call will be free and will not show on a phone bill.
Monday, June 16, 2014
"I locked my door. It was weird. When I was around my mother I couldn’t help hating her and blaming her for my father leaving. When I was by myself or with Tara and her mom I blamed myself and my stupid guardian angel, though I wondered if I even had one. When I was with Jean I blamed her and the hotline counselor. When my dad was leaving I felt like it was all his fault. I was mad at everyone." From The Thursday Group; A Story and Information for Girls Healing From Sexual Abuse, page 148
Anger and Your Body
When you are angry, your whole body goes into “fight, flight or freeze” mode. Your brain might kick into fighting mode, which means you will fight with words or actions. It might force you to run away or to get out of the situation in any way that you can. Or, it might ‘freeze’ and leave you unable to get out of the situation or to say or do anything to help yourself. This is the same brain and body system that is activated when a person is abused. That means that, for some people, when they are angry, their body and brain are triggered to remember the abuse, or, when they think about the abuse, their body and brain are triggered into becoming automatically angry. One way to tell whether your angry reaction is about what is going on now or is an automatic reaction based on your abuse experience is proportion. Ask yourself, “Is what’s going on now worth this big a reaction? Is there something about what is happening now that reminds me of the abuse?” From The Thursday GroupA Story and Information for Girls Healing From Sexual Abuse, page 150
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Have Toys, Will Travel: Play Therapy Techniques and Tools for the Itinerant Practitioner
Friday, April 4, 2014
Kimber's presentation will be a part of the Our Alaska Lives 2014 Conference, April 3, 4, &5 in Anchorage, Alaska.
This conference is sponsored by the Alaska Counseling Association and the Alaska Association for Play Therapy.
Practicing play therapy in Alaska is challenging and different. Inclement weather and make-shift therapy rooms in schools and clinics of village settings require tenacity, invention, and the use of available materials. This presentation will provide a collection of learned and invented theory and techniques which will allow counselors and therapists to integrate the practical with the effective and give a host of Alaska-based play therapy interventions. Participants will leave with a whole bag of ideas for their own "Portable Alaskan Play Therapy Kit".
1) Participants will be able to describe and use at least three "Alaskan style" play therapy treatment interventions, all original ideas created by the presenter and used in both urban and rural Alaska.
2) Participants will learn about the difference between directive and child-centered interventions, when it is appropriate to use each, and how to integrate these play therapy techniques into a neuro-developmentally informed, culturally sensitive approach applicable to building attachment and resolving trauma.
3) Participants will be introduced to easy, effective materials that they can use to make their own "Portable Alaskan Play Therapy Kits".