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Transforming Trauma: Episode 126

Transforming Trauma: Episode 126

Transforming Trauma Episode 126: Trauma-Proofing Corporate Culture and Work Environments with Adriana Leigh

 

A podcast brought to you by the Complex Trauma Training Center 

Identifying and addressing complex trauma suffered on the job can be challenging. Human resources might provide mediation or disciplinary action, but ultimately that assistance originates from within the same structure that fostered the situation in the first place. Thankfully, a growing number of trauma-informed consultants, coaches, and trainers are applying their skills to the world of work, transforming corporations and institutions into safe, respectful, and inclusive cultures for all.

On this episode of Transforming Trauma, Emily Ruth has the pleasure of chatting with Adriana Leigh, founder and principal consultant at Adriana Leigh Group Consulting (ALG). The pair discuss Adriana’s own struggles with generational trauma and institutionalized trauma, trauma in the workplace, and Adriana’s work in gender-based violence prevention.  Adriana also shares observations from her roles as a human rights lawyer and facilitator in diversity and inclusion, gender equality, sexual harassment, and working with international organizations such as the United Nations Aid Organizations and private sector entities.

“I worked in the human rights field, particularly discrimination and harassment prevention, and with many clients that dealt with different forms of trauma,” Adriana begins. She witnessed firsthand how abuse built up for those she represented and herself. “I dealt with issues of bullying from older men when I was a young, unseasoned lawyer, making assumptions about me as a young woman.“ Those adversarial experiences ultimately lead Adriana to concentrate her professional efforts on a more holistic approach to equity and empowerment.

ALG doesn’t disrupt bad behavior via punitive policies. Instead, Adriana and her team collaborate with clients to create a culture of awareness, building a robust relational capacity amongst stakeholders. “I'm not a therapist; I’m a consultant, trainer, and facilitator. My tagline is bringing inclusion, respect, and safety to life,” she says. To that end, ALG offers assessments, policy development, coaching, and micro-learning sessions rooted in its 4-R model, which invites participants to regulate, recognize, respond, and reflect. It’s a trauma-informed approach that resonates across gender, sexual orientation, class, race, and religion. “Over time,” Adriana confirms, “folks who might not have understood, understand a little better.”

Transforming Trauma is grateful to Adriana for introducing our audience to her heart-centered, trauma-informed solutions to organizational culture issues and demonstrating the power of curiosity to heal the collective.

 

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Adriana Leigh is an award-winning global thought leader on organizational gender equity and the prevention of gender-based harassment and discrimination. She brings 19+ years of diverse experience as a human rights lawyer and facilitator in gender equity, sexual harassment, and gender-based violence prevention, diversity, and inclusion. Based in Montreal, Canada, she works internationally with the United Nations, international aid and development organizations, as well as the private sector to build sexual and gender-based harassment-free, trauma-informed, and inclusive environments and relations through training, policy and reporting process development, and thought leadership. Her work has been showcased by the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, World Pulse, Charity Village, and Brainz Magazine, among others.

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Transforming Trauma: Episode 125

Transforming Trauma Episode 125: Introducing The Complex Trauma Training Center with Training Director Brad Kammer

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Around the world, there is an urgent need for effective treatment of complex trauma. While there is a growing number of trauma-informed mental health professionals focusing on supporting individuals, relationships, communities, and systems, addressing trauma everyday can be taxing, overwhelming and lead to burn-out.  Who is there to support those therapists and helping professionals on their professional journey?

On this bonus episode of Transforming Trauma, host Emily Ruth welcomes Brad Kammer, NARM® Senior Trainer and executive producer of this podcast, to introduce the Complex Trauma Training Center (CTTC).  CTTC is a professional organization providing therapist training, consultation, mentorship, and community for psychotherapists and mental health professionals working with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Complex Trauma (C-PTSD).

“The concept of self-care is a pretty popular understanding in our field of helping professionals and psychotherapists,” says Brad. “But we go deeper in NARM® trainings and now, in the Complex Trauma Training Center.” The vision of CTTC is to create a professional community focused on supporting mental health professionals on three levels of our human experience: personal, interpersonal & transpersonal.  “We're going to bring greater awareness about how to have embodied psycho-spiritual connection, both for ourselves and our clients.”

In order to better serve the trauma field, along with increasing demand for learning NARM®, the NARM Training Institute is transitioning into two NARM®-based organizations: NARM® Creator Dr. Laurence Heller will be continuing the NARM Training Institute along with several of his teachers from the NARM international community.  Brad Kammer, alongside Stefanie Klein and Marcia Black, will be guiding the Complex Trauma Training Center.

This transition will allow both organizations to continue actualizing the shared vision of bringing humanity to the transformation of complex trauma, through different areas of focus and delivery. The NARM Training Institute will be bringing additional resources to provide significant asynchronous learning opportunities, expanding the reach of NARM® to new areas including addiction treatment, and continuing to support and expand the international NARM Training community. The NTI will continue to teach the Post-Masters Training level, the Inner Circle and the Basic Training for helping professionals. The Complex Trauma Training Center will continue focusing on NARM Therapist and NARM Master Therapist Training Levels, as well as ongoing professional development, mentorship and community. Together, we plan to strengthen our mission for bringing NARM® to therapists, helping professionals, individuals and communities in need of complex trauma healing. In addition to continuing the NARM® training programs, both the NARM Training Institute and the Complex Trauma Training Center have exciting new programs that they will be introducing in the coming year.

The Complex Trauma Training Center will continue offering NARM® Therapist and NARM® Master Therapist Trainings, as well as providing ongoing monthly groups in support of those learning NARM®.  Additionally, CTTC will provide in-depth, ongoing development and mentorship opportunities for clinicians. Based on a mentorship model, CTTC is focused on supporting mental health professionals through their professional journey of addressing complex trauma.

The CTTC ethos can best be described by its three keywords: depth, connection, and heart. With this spirit, Brad says, CTTC intends to nurture therapists and helping professionals to be even more effective in their work with complex trauma.

CTTC is also excited to be the new home of Transforming Trauma and will continue introducing our community to inspiring guests from trauma-informed fields. “Our mission remains the same,” confirms Brad. “In a modern world beset by complex trauma and a legacy of suffering, conflict, and disconnection, healing trauma can serve as a vehicle for personal and social transformation.”

Transforming Trauma is honored to share this new chapter with you.

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