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Trauma and Recovery

Restore Institute uses a communities of care approach that combines traditional and non-traditional healing modalities for people and communities. Inherent in communities of care are collaborative approaches to wellbeing, wholeness and healing. Communities of care and care work utilize a strength-based model that embeds trauma-informed strategies for resilience. Restore Forward starts by placing selves within the ecosystem of the model and relating that process to everyday practice with survivors of all forms of violence, looking at gender-based violence as it intersects with gun violence, economic violence, community violence and historical violence.


Restore Institute looks at a theoretical understanding of what the practices have been in creating communal infrastructure around wellness and well being, and communities of care need to be involved in creating such healing communities and strategies for themselves. 


In addition, a mechanism for sustaining change will be a train the trainers model: to increase competence and ownership of coordinated community response teams to  increase competence, ownership and institutionalize strategies by a critical mass of stakeholders, (including departments of health and health and hospitals corporations). Restore Institute’s approach to structural cultural change lays the foundation for trainees to better tap the transformative power of moving beyond “disaster response” to interrupt assumptions, inequity, and create structures that produce and sustain healing for those often overlooked--the frontline.


Restore Institute’s liberatory trauma healing model combines traditional and non-traditional healing modalities engaging survivors directly in four stages. Restore views the circuit as an iterative cycle, recognizing that survivors enter into any organization at different stages of their healing and political development and the cyclical nature of trauma, and the way that trauma morphs, shifts, and shows up through a survivors healing journey.


Restore Institute utilizes somatic healing as a therapeutic approach to healing from trauma.   Somatic healing centalizies the relationship between the mind and the body in trauma memory and the experience of triggers or flashbacks.  It applies therapeutic body techniques to release trauma held in the body and promote increased self-awareness, the resolution of psychological concerns, and positive changes in behavior.


Restore Institute offers concrete and practical skills that resonate with what we know about the neurobiology of trauma.


Restore Institute builds on the notion that social solidarity and collective care are how we survive.


Trauma and Resilience combines traditional approaches to counseling, including dream work, talk, interpretation, and reflection, with experiential explorations. The underlying insight in trauma and resilience at Restore Institute is that we enact self-feeling, identity, and connection with others through bodily means.


Through the use of breath work; movement exercises; touch; and explorations of feeling, sensation, posture, gesture, and expression, participants experience how they shape particular identities and interact with others.


Restore Institute supports participants in examining patterns of bodily comportment and the explorations of new means of enactment are useful tools in the development of self-awareness.


Restore Institute presents effective means of working with trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), dissociation, identity issues, and affect regulation and provides especially useful as aids to self-reflection. Our approaches include work with embodied cognition, and  understandings of complexity and diversity.


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