SLCHG Pilot Project: Design, Launch, Conflict + Human Factors

Posted by: Linda AK Thompson on March 10, 2014 4:21 pm

PROJECT DESIGN:  February 2013 to Launch of November 2013
Project Time Frame:
  November 2013 to November 2017
Candidate Participants:
7 females  – mid-twenties to 50+ [mean 56].  6 Canadian; 1 American
SLCHG-Core Practitioners:  4 – 1 Trauma Counsellor, 1 Naturopath/Chiropractor,
1 Classical Naturopath + 1 Body Therapist/Intuitive Healer
Entry Program
:  Intake, Significant/Traumatic Lifetime Events History, Crisis + Critical . Occasion Stabilization, Medication Review, Symptom Complex [SC].  Graph, Pre-Treatment Assessment , Establishing Collaborating Team + SC Dissipation + Stabilization [able to contain]
Fulcrum Program
: Stabilized, attending, engaged + compliant with collaborating core + local practitioners with ability to decompress/contain/maintain basic  stability/ADL function while processing/integrating trauma memories between treatments sessions
Cure Program : Feels trauma vortex containers released, reconciled with historic TLE,    . majority of traumatic bereavement=forgiveness of self/others done. Working on positive sense of self / and has well enough worldview.  Able to adapt, self-regulate stressors + accommodates in situations, relationship with significant others, contributes @ home + work.                                                                                                                

Transition Program Option: treatment program suspended for an undetermined period of time as participant attends to acute medical issues, critical or crisis life events.                                                                                          

1) Mood Scale [4]
2) Braverman Nature + Deficiency Tests  [3 – pgs. 44-58]
3) Dissociative Experience Scale [DES] [12]
4) C-PTSD Criteria [10] Research Instrument [16]
5) Feeling Faces Inventory [FFI] Grief Work Instrument [14]
6) Draw-A-Core [DAC]: Projective Core Test [1997] – Personal Core Healing Work
7) 5 Symptom Complex Graph [SC Graph] Research Response Log [16]
8) Treatment/Progress Reports + Evaluations

1) Trauma to Healing Vortex Collaborative Case File
2) Literature Reviews [Counselling Connect]
3) MOT: Homeopath Standing Orders:  Trauma-Specific SC Trials/Single Session Use [15]

There is much work to be done and I will continue to do my best creating/revising the research design + materials to suit the purposes of the project: procedures, collaborative case files, assessment instruments, plus these articles.  I am always going to be behind for the front-line clinical service work comes first.  The most important matters that presented at launch and manifested during the first 3 months [6%] of the project’s Entry Program surrounds Conflictual Treatment Issues + Consensus of Opinion.  These presenting barriers [obstacles] challenged us and the launch was not as smooth as I hoped for because each individual client and their selected collaborating practitioners all have different opinions.

How effective I am in my primary, varied roles/functions as researcher, manager, co-ordinator and trauma psychotherapist to intervene and help us work together towards the participants and project goals is also a complex and loaded question.  However, I will regularly provide brief reviews to the best of my ability.  I welcome + encourage all in this project to provide feedback.

I do believe individual difference is a gift and blessing in disguise [spice of life] and ought not be a human-factor barrier that obstructs the flow of any collective healing experience.  My naïve innocence is shinning through again and that is OK for I do believe this statement holds truth.

Launch, Entry Program [6% of the Journey] Factors:
Each of us brings our own unique personal and work-related, accumulated life experiences and perspectives to the project floor.  A very interesting launch group of 24 people [array of floor tiles], are travelling on this journey for the next 4 years and hopefully, laid down a useful patterned [seen + felt] ground we can all traverse.   Is it biologically plausible that our collective, collaborative associations [bio: rhythms, clocks, markers, knowledge, insights] will lead to coherence to advance treatment and the existing information available on C-PTSD?

4 participants are admitted into their individualized Entry Program and selected the collaborating practitioners they want to work with during this project.  They are:
1) 8 Doctors – 4 primary care, 1 psychiatrist, 2 naturopaths + 1 trauma psychotherapist
2) 8 Body Therapists – 1 physiotherapist, 2 craniosacral, 1 massage + 4 intuitive healers
3) 4 Allied Professionals – 1 homeopath + 3 herbalists

All [100%] of the participants experienced an acute medical illness:  flu, adverse drug effect, Bell’s Palsy, Return Travellers GI Problem and ocular migraine.  One completed her Entry Program and 3 participants are in Transition Programs while attending to treatment to stabilize concurrent medical issues.

Author:  Dr. Linda AK Thompson, PsyD, PACCC, CCC, FAAETS
Owner, Matrix of Trauma (© MOT ™):  Research, Advocacy, Healing


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*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

1 comment on “SLCHG Pilot Project: Design, Launch, Conflict + Human Factors”

  1. Greg Werks says:

    This is one of the finest project designs you can find on the internet; just trust me on that. Project designs just don’t get any better than this!

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