Center for Healing Trauma and Attachment begins hosting educational community events – The Fort Morgan Times

The Trauma and Attachment Healing Center (CHTA) is located at 206 Clayton Street in Brush. (Courtesy photo)

The Center for Healing Trauma and Attachment (CHTA), located at 206 Clayton Street, brings healing to Brush and surrounding communities through counseling, movement, education and research.

Counseling options include individual, family, couples, and group sessions. Movement healing often includes yoga, art, and music, as well as things like sand trays for young children. CHTA also offers case management, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, neurosequential model, professional clinical consultations and more.

For those who are not actively seeking healing from trauma, CHTA has also started to organize educational community events. The first event titled “You Are Not Alone: ​​A Trauma Training for Northeast Communities” took place on Friday August 20th. Doreen Hills, Founder and Executive Director of CHTA, physically and virtually hosted nearly 20 people from cities in northeast Colorado to the event, where she gave a presentation on trauma. The one-time event included snacks, a certificate of attendance, and a copy of Hills’ PowerPoint presentation.

For an hour and a half, Hills educated participants on the different types of trauma, symptoms of trauma, trauma triggers, and the undeniable physical effects of trauma on the brain and body. Hills encouraged and led intermittent breathing exercises and grounding techniques throughout the presentation to counter the heavy topic.

She concluded the conversation with three questions for participants to think about: “What are your resources? What helps you function and manage the challenges in your life and find meaning? What is it that allows you to deal with your “kryptonite” (a force that can also be a fight)? Hills also recommended several books, mobile apps, and other resources for those who wish to continue to learn more about trauma or heal from it personally.

Books mentioned included: “Compassion Fatigue” by Charles Figley, “Secondary Traumatic Stress” by Beth Stamm, “Heart and Soul of Change” by Hubble, Duncan and Miller, “The Wounded Healer” by Henri Nouwen, “Man’s Search for Meaning “by Victor Frankl.

A few recommended apps included Headspace, Calm, Smiling Mind, MyCalmBeat, Provider Resilience, Insight Timer and Stop, Breathe & Think Kids, many of which are free.

She also recommended to visit chagrin.com, practice repetitive movements like yoga, or color mandalas to relieve stress and calm the mind.

Hills believes that education translates into empathy, understanding and personal healing, as well as breaking the stigma that so often surrounds mental health topics.

“I think we all have (we have trauma). And I think the more information we have… the better, ”Hills said.

She plans to organize other teacher training events throughout the year. The next opportunity to attend one of these events is Friday, October 22 for the “Neurobiology of Betrayal” event, which will also run from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Those wishing to attend should confirm their attendance. presence in Hills before Monday October. 11 to get a place. Entrance fees can be paid at the door.

CHTA will also be holding an open house on October 15 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and invite anyone interested or with specific questions to stop by or visit chtainc.org for more information on the services and resources offered.

With the help of summer intern Morgan Cobb, CHTA also recently launched a podcast titled ‘Season to Heal’, where a variety of mental health topics and personal experiences are discussed both with members of the community. and licensed professionals. “Season to Heal” is currently available on the following podcast platforms: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts.

Doreen Hills can be contacted directly by email at [email protected] or by phone at 970-397-4609 with any questions or interest in employment with CHTA. Hills is currently looking to hire long term advisors and is able to help train and assist with CEU (Continuing Education Unit) certification.

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