Wednesday, 21 November 2018



Trauma Training with Thomas Brown

Monday, February 12th, 9 to 5pm @ RLC’s Bowen Center, 235 Chestnut Street, Springfield

This training on trauma explores a non-clinical definition of trauma created by a survivor of extreme traumatic experience. The training looks at how and why trauma becomes locked within the body and the effects unresolved trauma has on the mind. The training explores behaviors and thinking patterns related to unresolved traumatic experience and offers ways of freeing ourselves from the confines of traumatic experiences.  The training explores the heightened vulnerability to experiencing trauma by being a  member of a minority group.

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Space is limited. Sign up required at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We have applied for LCSW & LMHC Continuing Ed Credits.  Pizza and salad will be provided for lunch.

thomas headWho is Thomas?: Thomas Brown, M.Ed, is a leading trauma educator. He teaches trauma studies from a combined lived experience and academic research perspective at various universities and institutions including Harvard, Tufts, and McLean Hospital. He also serves as a trainer in the state’s Certified Peer Specialist program, and works full-time as a peer specialist at bay Cove Human Services in Boston where he trains all staff in trauma-informed approaches.

Pushing Back After Charlottesville

No CakeThe Western Mass RLC is at its heart, dedicated to civil and human rights. We are committed to fighting oppression of every kind, including discrimination, racism, homophobia, transphobia, poverty, power imbalances, and for the acceptance of natural diversity.
This particular moment in time calls for our community to engage, and to offer what we can. Now is not the time to eat cake, no matter how tempting that option is for people of privilege.
There are many ways to push back against the hateful rhetoric that is currently on the rise and being encouraged by our current climate. There are opportunities at every energy level. Stuff envelopes. Educate yourself. Talk with the people you know, or those you don't. Donate money or time to help support victims and organizers, and help pay for their medical and legal needs. We can phone our country's representatives. Show up at counter-protests and demonstrations. Or we can start something altogether new. Regardless of our limitations, or our expectations of ourselves, there is room for everyone somewhere.
If we don't show up for the fight against racism and other kinds of hate and discrimination, we are lying to ourselves in our mission statement. If we don't show up for this fight, we are an altogether different community. We have a mission - we cannot "opt out".


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