By Ed Tick, Ph.D.
As a psychotherapist for more than 40 years, I have found my strongest calling, met my greatest challenges, and learned and matured the most in my work with troops and veterans suffering the invisible wounds we now call Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Moral Injury.
I began working with returning Vietnam veterans years before PTSD became a diagnosis in 1980. My enduring model for the service I wanted to give, the role I sought to fulfill, was “home front doc.” It was born and shaped by family and ancestral relations.
My Uncle Stan was my mother’s only sibling, four years older than her. An aspiring artist before service, he went to war as a combat medic and fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. Afterwards he and his unit were missing behind enemy lines for months. My grandmother prayed for him constantly, and her hair turned white almost overnight.
From meaningless to meaning-full: How I used Body-Centered Inquiry to understand the life of Sacagawea
By Alison Fornés, M.Ed.
More than two years ago, my young daughter and I signed up to see an all-Native production of Sacagawea, Bird Woman. We knew little about this Native woman who guided the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the United States beyond a few basic facts and her image on the U.S. dollar coin.
Most scholars pronounce her name, given to her by the Hidatsa tribe, with a hard G: Sah-KAH-gah-WEE-ah.
We decided to do a simple Body-Centered Inquiry before seeing the play.
What I call Body-Centered Inquiry comes from the method of Family and Systemic Constellations, which allows us to uncover “unknown” information through monitoring the responses within our body about a certain issue, idea or problem. As an educator, this process has been invaluable in teaching children, teens and adults.
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