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Helping Children Cope After a House Fire

Recently our province, Alberta, has been dealing with a major fire in Fort McMurray. Due to the size and destructive impact of this fire, many of the people living there have lost their homes and have had to be evacuated. This “Coping After Fire” series was created to address the concerns and questions that many people impacted by the fires now have. In this video, I will work you through some of the basic, but very important strategies that you can use to help your children cope after a house…

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5 Ways to Cope After a House Fire or Crisis

If you are reading this post, then it is likely that either you or someone you know has been impacted by a house fire. Due to the recent fire that is being fought in Fort McMurray, I created this series to address some of the main concerns and questions that are being asked. In this video, I will walk you through five key strategies you can use to help make it easier to cope after a house fire. Coping After Fire Series Video 1 – Normal Reactions After a House Fire or Crisis Video 2…

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How EMDR Can Help Traumatic Memories with Dr. Dalene Forester Thacker

This is a podcast that was originally aired on the “Functional Medicine Doc Show,” which is hosted by Dr. Carri Drzyzga. It is an easy to listen podcast that covers the basics of EMDR, how it works, and what it can be used for. Dr. DaLene is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, an expert in traumatic stress, and is certified in EMDR. She has a private practice specializing in the treatment of eating…

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What is a Trigger

It may feel like your trauma symptoms come “out of the blue” but often they arise because of a trigger. To begin learning how to cope with triggers, it will be important to begin identifying what your triggers are. When talking about trauma, a trigger can be anything that reminds you of the trauma. It can be an object, a type of person, a place, a situation, a smell, a noise, a piece of music, or even a colour. A trigger may also be an action or particular activity you have to do…

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Talking Back to Your Inner Critic – Samantha Pekh

All of us have an inner critic and many of us are unaware of how strong this inner critic is and its influence on us. The inner critic’s voice is the automatic thoughts that run through our minds so quickly that we often do not actually hear them. The words of the inner critic are like the words on an old tape or record that continues to play in our heads, sometimes playing louder, sometimes playing quietly, but always having an impact on us. This inner critic can lead to increased anxiety,…

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WCB – No Longer Need to Prove Where PTSD Comes From – Very Good News

Although Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was already covered by Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), as of December 10, 2010, coverage for PTSD became presumptive for some of Alberta’s first responders. This means that police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and sheriffs, no longer have the burden of proving their PTSD came as a result of their work. Instead, when these first responders are formally diagnosed with PTSD by a physician or psychologist, it will…

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