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Bridging Trauma-Informed Care Globally: An Interview with Dr. Alison Granger-Brown

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In a recent interview on Collaborative Check-Ins, Dr. Lori Baudino discussed the Global Therapists program she is developing through the contemplative leadership program at the Garrison Institute fellowship. This program aims to connect Graduate students Learning hands-on techniques and therapeutic communication by providing mental health care guided by Openness to cross-cultural practices, Bravery to encounter new experiences, and Awareness

of populations in diverse placements while building a Legacy for mental healthcare across the world. Dr. Baudino had the privilege of hosting Dr. Alison Granger-Brown, whose extensive background in nursing, therapeutic recreation, and a Ph.D. in human organizational systems has led her to a profound understanding of trauma, particularly within the criminal justice system. In this blog post, we explore key insights from their conversation, with a focus on trauma-informed work and Global Therapists.

Passion for Healing and Understanding:

Dr. Alison Granger-Brown's journey into the field of healing started with nursing in England, later transitioning into therapeutic recreation. Her pivotal experience in a forensic psychiatric unit ignited her passion for understanding the profound mental health issues faced by individuals in institutions. Working in a women's prison further deepened her commitment to addressing trauma, recognizing the intricate connection between early life trauma, addiction, and criminal behavior.

Understanding Human Development and Leadership:

Driven by the need to comprehend human development and leadership within the challenging context of the prison system, Dr. Granger-Brown pursued a Ph.D. in human organizational systems. Her 22 years of work in the prison system exposed her to individuals with significant trauma histories, shaping her conviction that the criminal justice system's impact extends far beyond the time served.

Connection to the Body in Trauma Work:

The interview delved into the role of the body in trauma work, emphasizing the physical manifestation of trauma in behaviors, gestures, and facial expressions. Dr. Granger-Brown highlighted the importance of understanding the impact of physical and sexual abuse on an individual's body, recognizing it as a repository of pain and suffering.

Trauma-Informed Care in Prisons:

Dr. Baudino, drawing from her own experience working in psychiatric hospitals, resonated with Dr. Granger-Brown's insights. They both emphasized the significance of trauma-informed care in correctional facilities, acknowledging the need to approach individuals with respect and attunement to their current adult selves while understanding their traumatic pasts.

Global Therapists Program:

Dr. Baudino introduced the Global Therapists program, designed to address the growing mental health crisis by connecting graduate students with international clinics. This initiative aims to provide hands-on experience, promote cross-cultural practices, and bridge the gap between graduate students' learning and the global need for mental health providers.

Importance of Working with Students and Organizations:

Dr. Granger-Brown stressed the importance of not only working with graduate students but also educating the organizations that host them. Providing literature and materials to help organizations understand the value of therapeutic interventions is crucial for the success of such programs.

Trauma-Informed Work with Children:

The conversation shifted to the significance of starting trauma-informed work with children, recognizing the intergenerational nature of trauma. Dr. Granger-Brown shared her experience with a mother-baby unit in a provincial prison, emphasizing the healing potential for both mothers and babies.

Addressing Historical Trauma and Epigenetics:

Dr. Granger-Brown highlighted the importance of addressing historical trauma and understanding the epigenetics of intergenerational trauma. She emphasized the need for therapists to recognize the pervasive nature of traumatic events and stay rooted in an understanding of trauma's impact on individuals and families.

Incorporating Movement and Self-Care:

Dr. Granger-Brown discussed her self-care practices, including walking by the ocean, practicing yoga, and engaging in a strong creativity practice such as painting. These practices have been vital in maintaining her well-being, especially during challenging work environments.

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The interview with Dr. Alison Granger-Brown and Dr. Lori Baudino shed light on the profound impact of trauma on individuals within the criminal justice system and the importance of trauma-informed care globally. The Global Therapists program, with its emphasis on cross-cultural practices and hands-on experience, stands as a beacon for bridging the gap between the growing need for mental health providers and the learning experiences of graduate students. The insights shared by these experienced therapists underscore the importance of understanding trauma's complexity and the need for compassionate, informed care in diverse settings worldwide.

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