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People silhouetted by the setting sun

While growing up, I had many names; crazy, lazy, hyper, slow learner, and also Rebekah.  I was born into a poor, large, single parent family made up of individuals with varying mental illnesses at different degrees of severity

Woman peaking from behind fence

I can think of many times I’ve faced crucial conversations. Sometimes I swept them under the rug; if I put my head in the sand nothing is happening right? Sometimes I faced them and handled them very poorly. 

Elephant ear

A huge strength in social learning is the knowledge of the group – many brains have a lot more information than just one. But not all people are the same, and that’s good. We need people who think and approach things differently 

Light bulbs

I will be the first to admit it, I hate making mistakes. My mother always told me “hate” was a very strong word. Well I really hate making mistakes. Why are mistakes such a big deal?

Donkey ears and blue sky

When two people are having a conversation, it can often look like the person talking is the one actively “doing” something, while the listener is passive and not really “doing” anything. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! I think of listening as a skill that you can hone with practice, 

Dog play bowing

If you’ve been lucky enough to spend time around dogs (clearly, I’m biased and love dogs) then you’re likely familiar with the “play bow.” Just like the picture above this looks like shoulders down, hind up, and often some tail wagging. Now, I don’t speak dog, but I know what this means. It’s time to play! 

Empowered in Scrabble tiles

We all move through periods of life where we experience adversity, and the word itself can mean a lot of things.  In my work as an advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, I witness people experiencing the adversity of acute trauma as well as the murkier, omnipresent adversity of systemic oppression.  

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Have you ever been to the doctor and felt like you weren’t quite heard? Maybe you felt like a little kid listening to a parent or teacher tell you what you needed to do? I certainly have. 

Tree growing out of rocky cliffside

If you had the opportunity to read my last blog, Vicarious Trauma – Risk & Protective Factors, you’ll recall that I described how vicarious trauma is very commonly experienced by individuals in “helping professions.” 

3 hands holding

If you’re reading this, the chances are pretty good that you are a “helper” in some capacity, meaning that in your personal or professional life you’re in some way responsible for nurturing and/or addressing the physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional, social, or spiritual well-being of individuals.

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