An Unwavering Belief in a Future We’ve Never Known

I sat down in the aging office chair and regarded the towering shelf of books. A good shake and we’d surely be buried in decades of psychology texts. From the other side of a large desk, the world-renowned professor I’d just met asked, “How do you stay so optimistic?” This wasn’t the question I wasContinue reading “An Unwavering Belief in a Future We’ve Never Known”

This DVAM, Sharing Observations from Every 90 Seconds

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — and a great time to correct misconceptions that violence against women is a special interest or women’s issue. Instead, it’s each of our issue. To illustrate our shared interest in moving from awareness to action, I’m sharing observations from Every 90 Seconds: Our Common Cause Ending Violence againstContinue reading “This DVAM, Sharing Observations from Every 90 Seconds”

Awareness to Action: Book Club Edition

I hurried out the door on Wednesday to drive across town to a book club at the home of someone I’d never met to spend the evening with people I didn’t know. After a few mishaps (read: I forgot my own copy of the book and had to circle home), I found myself in someone’sContinue reading “Awareness to Action: Book Club Edition”

A New Alum + New Adventures

Congratulations to Dr. Naomi Wright, who graduated in August after completing her internship at Denver Health! As is TSS Group tradition, she made one more visit to our offices to add her handprint to the wall, representing the mark she has left on our team. Next up, Dr. Wright begins a postdoctoral fellowship at theContinue reading “A New Alum + New Adventures”

Hope and the Radical Acknowledgment of the World As It Is

I woke up on that last Friday of June with to-do lists and half-memorized remarks running through my head. I was facing down a morning packed with meetings ahead of attending the Rose Andom Center‘s Summer Connections Gala where I was to receive their Building Hope Award. I’d been working on my remarks all week.Continue reading “Hope and the Radical Acknowledgment of the World As It Is”

Every 90 Seconds: A Book Launch and A Path Forward

Every 90 Seconds has (finally) arrived! The book’s launch this month is a culmination of a journey that has involved so many of you: The survivors who shared their stories and perspectives with the TSS Group. The victim service providers who work in our communities day in and day out. The colleagues who collaborated withContinue reading “Every 90 Seconds: A Book Launch and A Path Forward”

Since You’re Here: From Impostor to Action

I’ve always tended towards anxious thoughts. They hit a particularly fevered pitch in my first year of graduate school, many moons ago. I’d just uprooted and moved from the east coast to Oregon to join a dozen first year graduate students at the University of Oregon. Each of them seemed better prepared, smarter, more [fillContinue reading “Since You’re Here: From Impostor to Action”

Overlapping Difficulties: Preliminary Findings on PTSD and TBI Symptoms

by Anne P. DePrince & Naomi Wright Our team and others around the country have sounded the alarm about the high rates of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among women seeking services for intimate partner abuse (IPA). While many people recover from TBIs without complications, consequences can persist for some people. Some of those consequences, suchContinue reading “Overlapping Difficulties: Preliminary Findings on PTSD and TBI Symptoms”

A Cover and Now a Countdown: Every 90 Seconds

Book writing is kind of lonely, I’ve learned. Until recently, my career as an academic trauma psychologist focused on writing with other people — students, colleagues, community partners — to publish journal articles, book chapters, and edited volumes. I understand the pace and process of that kind of writing. Trade book writing is different, though.Continue reading “A Cover and Now a Countdown: Every 90 Seconds”

Of Deserts, Dialectics, and Trauma Work

My camera in hand, the desert’s quickly changing light and sweeping landscapes always bring to mind a dialectic. We are small compared to the passage of time, recorded in the history of a dry river bed. We are tiny compared to the enormity of a sky that that can hold a full moon setting asContinue reading “Of Deserts, Dialectics, and Trauma Work”