Critical training to better protect, support, and heal vulnerable children

Translated in Rohingya

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SHAKING FOR STRESS RELIEF

series: emotional wellbeing of children by Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, Richard P. Brown, MD
& Somiari Demm, MA/M.Div, CYT, CTS

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Dr. Patricia Gerbarg: Shaking is a practice in which the child just bounces up and down, and shakes! That's important because they have been, in a sense, locked into a state of trauma and defense. And in order to break that up so that it can change, we find that shaking helps. It breaks up the energy pattern of that defensive state and, in a sense, breaks them out of whatever they've been locked into. So you'll see us do some shaking.

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Samier: So we're going to do some shaking and shaking can get a layer of stress off of us really quickly. And also, we usually don't realize we're a field of energy. And when we're stressed, our field of energy gets like a ball of it.

And when we shake it opens up and lets the energy flow through our body a lot easier. So let's do it! You Ready? Let's go for it.

Be really relaxed, really relaxed. Like you're a rag doll and your hands are like ropes,

Good job!

And there's another way we can increase getting rid of some stress. And that's by making noises. Just do the sound I'm going to do now:

Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm.

Or, if you pick your favorite animal, you can make your favorite animal noise!

(Animal noises)

(Ooh, woof, woof, woof)

(meow, howling, animal noises continues)

Yeah, that's a good one.

And if you want, you can also become a falling tree. There you go.

Now, we're going to relax. Close your eyes. Go inside...And observe the changes in the body and in our minds and our breath.

So how did that feel guys?

Boy: It felt good

Samier: Yeah? What was your favorite part about that?

Boy: Making the animal noises.

Samier: Yes, that's a good one!


 
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Dr. Patricia Gerbarg

Patricia L. Gerbarg, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, New York Medical College. Dr. Gerbarg has lectured and taught about a wide range of topics in psychiatry, psychoanalysis, women’s issues, trauma, neurobiology, natural treatments (herbs, nutrients), and the integration...

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of mind-body practices in psychotherapy for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Meetings and many other conferences, academic centers, and community organizations.She serves on the APA Caucus on Complementary and Integrative Psychiatry and is a board member of the American Botanical Council.

Dr. Gerbarg practices Integrative Psychiatry, combining standard and complementary treatments. Her research focuses on mind-body practices for reducing the effects of stress and trauma, particularly in survivors of mass disasters, including the Southeast Asia Tsunami, 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, war in Sudan, Gulf Horizon Oil Spill, veterans, and stress-related medical illnesses.

 

Dr. Richard P. Brown

Dr. Richard P. Brown is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he obtained his medical degree 1977. The recipient of numerous awards, he has authored over 100 scientific articles,...

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books, and book chapters on pharmacological treatments, clinical studies, and complementary and integrative treatments in psychiatry.

Dr. Brown developed a comprehensive neurophysiological theory of the effects of breathing exercises on the mind and body, particularly its benefits in anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Brown gives over 100 lectures and courses every year. Since 1998, he has taught full-day courses on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as well as Mind-Body trainings for the American Psychiatric Association, other national and international conferences, veterans, and community service programs.

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Somiari Demm, MA/M.Div, CYT, CTS

Somiari is a certified trauma specialist, a certified yoga teacher, and a certified breath body and mind teacher. Her areas of concentration include children and adolescents, trauma, mindfulness, and spirituality. She is a passionate scholar-practitioner in the...

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field of clinical psychology who has divided her time betweenclinical practice, training, workshops, and consulting. As a mental health practitioner, she uses mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy (MCBT) and other evidence-based practices to help adolescent and adult clients with a wide range of emotional, and behavioral issues.

Somiari has received extensive training in the treatment of addiction, mental illnesses, affect regulation, and trauma. In her consulting work, she has provided bullying, violence, and trauma training for elementary and residential schools. In addition to clinical practice, for 3 years she worked as a consultant counseling Chibok girls that escaped Boko Haram.Somiari has been interviewed by 60-Minutes, CNN, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, BBC, and Aljareeza.

As a trauma thriver, her life experiences have fostered her love of, and dedication to the mental health field. Following the words of Gandhi, she believes that “purity of life is the highest and truest art.” Somiari also believes she is here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. Through her work, she is enriching the world through love, healing, and peace