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Trauma Group Reflection

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This semester I had the privilege of working with the Early Childhood Trauma group and the men involved in SSYI. At first I was overwhelmed by this project and unsure of how to participate. I now realize how important and significant this project is and I am grateful to have participated. Working with this model felt like the 'realist' thing I did during my time at Clark. The project was constantly challenging, I always felt like I was playing mental and emotional catch-up. In my last reflection I wrote about feeling lost and attempting to come to terms with not being able to ever fully understanding the connotations of the project. While I would say that my process of acceptance is still occurring I am now comfortable with the process. This…show more content…
As I stated in class the line that particularly stood out to me was the need to find compassion for ourselves in order to find for others and all living things. Compassion is not something we in an American culture are taught to cultivate. We do not expect people to show compassion, especially not from those who have not been recipients of compassion throughout their lives. In a world that has showed the men such little compassion, they, through working with Straight Ahead and changing their choices, as Luis would say, found ways to be compassionate with themselves, enough so to want to help others. Honestly, I do not believe that majority of people I know would work to find that kind of compassion for others. Especially after the multitude of negative experiences, faced by the men. That level of forgiveness for yourself as well as concern and selflessness for others is something I will never…show more content…
's article "Visibility and Voice: Aboriginal People Experience Culturally Safe and Unsafe Health Care". The author's explain that when doctors practice sameness as a form of equity, they treat aboriginal people like they would treat white people (Hole et al 2015: 1670). While this can seem fair to a white doctor it is not in fact equitable, because it holds people to another group standards instead of making standards that work for them. When we do not allow people's layers to influence the conversation we hold them solely to the standard of the element we "like" or feel functions best in that setting. In the end who does that help? I hope I am a practitioner who is willing to create standards that are culturally
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