We’ve learned so much about the brain, trauma, and addictions through the work of Gabor Maté and others. There’s still so much to learn, process, and unpack. That’s why we’ve put together the E3 Series, quarterly events that teach on complex trauma, how trauma connects with specific topics, and how we can look beyond primary prevention and move upstream together to deal with the root issues that are leading to complex trauma in the first place.
E3 stands for educate, equip, and empower. There are our hopes for E3 days, that you would come away with new information, new tools that will help you improve the way you serve and understand others, and new confidence that will show up in the day to day rhythms of your life and work.
The next E3 day is May 17 on in person or on Zoom, diving into how complex trauma affects self-esteem, shame, and identity.
“Probably the most damaging, but least understood, result of C-PTSD is its effect on a person’s identity. It creates a negative self-identity. The child feels that they are being abused, neglected, abandoned, or that their needs aren’t being met because it’s their fault – they’re not good enough, they’re not lovable or valuable. Therefore, they conclude that to be loved and accepted, they can’t be authentic, but must wear masks. This includes becoming a people pleaser, always needing to help others, never admitting to having needs. They also feel that to have value, they must perform, since they don’t feel they have inherent value. They feel their value comes from doing, rather than being.
All of this sets a person up for many problems in adult life. The ramification of a negative self-identity reaches into every area of life negatively. Healing is possible, but it is usually a slow, difficult process. Join us as we learn about this important topic and the practical steps to help people heal.” -Tim Fletcher