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In the beginning....

Adriana van Altvorst ·
I faced an extremely traumatic event in 2017. It made me review my life. From midnight to 6 am in the morning, I saw my whole life before me and all the trauma. Layers upon layers of trauma beginning from childhood My brain connected all my life experiences with what I had learned to recreate insight into who I was. And then I knew that I had been defined and confined to a life as a victim to the years of trauma I had faced and did not resolve. My facade crumbled as I ripped my mask from my...
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Oranga Tamariki - Ministry FOR Children are trauma-informed but NOT in the way they work

Adriana van Altvorst ·
In New Zealand, we have Oranga Tamariki - Ministry FOR Children. This is what Oranga Tamariki state on their webpage: Oranga Tamariki was established on April 1, 2017. We are a Ministry dedicated to supporting any child in New Zealand whose wellbeing is at significant risk of harm now, or in the future. We also work with young people who may have offended, or are likely to offend. Our belief is that in the right environment, with the right people surrounding and nurturing them, any child...
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Trauma-informed judicial system in NZ and across the world

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Kindness in court: a novel approach by Victoria Greening Link this to my previous post regarding Baby Courts is evidence that there is a change in the mindset of those in the judicial sector. Is that happening in NZ? Is it happening fast enough? Act early, Act fast Our children depend on it
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Re: "Open Wounds" panel discussion with Phil Allen hosted by Trauma Resilience Institute

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Our SILENCE has acted to conquer and divide us and perpetuated racism. Our SECRETS have prevented us from facing our trauma. When we don't name it, we don't face it. Many of us have been deceived into believing racism is not an issue. We have faced years of intergenerational racism across the world. It has caused trauma. It has not been resolved Unresolved trauma has created deep-seated anger. We have wounds. When those wounds have been ignored and disregarded they fester to become.... OPEN...
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"Open Wounds" panel discussion with Phil Allen hosted by Trauma Resilience Institute

Adriana van Altvorst ·
FOLLOWED BY PANEL DISCUSSION with Phil Allen Jr. Reena Evers-Everette La Shona Coleman Kevin McLeod This has happened you can rent the video To rent "Open Wounds" visit https://vimeo.com/ondemand/openwounds NEW ZEALAND TIME Date: Sunday 23 August 2020 Time: 10 am PACIFIC TIME Date: August 22, 2020 Time: 3.00 pm Registration: Closed ABOUT THE FILM In 1953, my grandfather, Nathaniel Allen, was murdered on the Sampit River in the historic Lowcountry town Georgetown, SC by a gunshot wound to the...
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"Open Wounds" and panel discussion

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Our SILENCE has acted to conquer and divide us and perpetuated racism. Our SECRETS have prevented us from facing our trauma. When we don't name it, we don't face it. Many of us have been deceived into believing racism is not an issue. We have faced years of intergenerational racism across the world. It has caused trauma. It has not been resolved Unresolved trauma has created deep-seated anger. We have wounds. When those wounds have been ignored and disregarded they fester to become.... OPEN...
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Re: "Open Wounds" and panel discussion

Adriana, can i share this widely on ACEs Connection? It looks like a great film
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Re: "Open Wounds" and panel discussion

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Yes, you can. Note that you can't see the movie on this webinar recording.....you need to rent the video for $4.99 from https://www.philallenjr.com/openwoundsdoc The webinar is the panel discussion that we joined before and after the viewing of the movie. You must listen to Phil Allen Jr as he shares his poem BEFORE the movie started ay 23.28 into the recording His poem - My body tells a story is not the same as the one on his website Well worth watching both the movie and the panel...
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The body keeps the score

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Oh dear, it is 1.47 am in the morning I can't lie in my bed I can't sleep Because I am scared of the bogeyman Oh No The bogeyman under my bed Has jumped into my head And he is not a he He is a she And she looks like me Oh No I can't escape She is me! The body keeps the score One day, I will keep the score Adriana
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Re: The body keeps the score

Yes, you will, Adriana. Yes, you will. I can already start to see it happen.
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Why I joined ACES CONNECTION

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Kia ora from Auckland, NZ. My name is Adriana. I am the community manager of trauma-informed NZ with ACES CONNECTION. ACES CONNECTION, is based in the States, far from New Zealand, and our way of life, yet, I am the community manager of a community with ACES CONNECTION Today, I am going to share with you, my reasons for joining ACES CONNECTION. I will make a call for action at the end of my talk, so please stay to the end Why did I join ACES CONNECTION? Here is my story. I live in NZ, always...
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We are now Trauma-responsive New Zealand

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Kia ora whanau, I have changed our community name to Trauma-Responsive New Zealand If you have Bookmarked the old site then you will discover it no longer exists It does exist Just under a different name. ACES Connection has also changed their name too PACEs Connection A positive change with the P for positive It goes to show that we are a community of people who are responsive We are not stuck We are moving at "PACE" towards our destination And as we do so we are increasing our momentum as...
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Emodiversity gives me HOPE

Adriana van Altvorst ·
I discovered this article that gives me HOPE. The article is of interest because it raises the term "Emodiversity. The definition of Emodiversity from the article is: How does this fit in with Trauma The article states: This gives me HOPE because it tells me that all the emotions I have experienced through my life journey of adversity and trauma, has been beneficial to my health because it means I have a "more balanced and nuanced appraisal of daily life" The final paragraph of the article...
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What is the Freeze Response from Dr. Aimie, Trauma Healing Accelerated

Adriana van Altvorst ·
This arrived in my Gmail inbox from Dr. Aimie ~ Trauma Healing Accelerated. I am sharing as it may resonate with someone out there What is The Freeze Response? The pattern of stress and then collapse. High energy and then exhausted. Anxiety followed by heaviness and feeling down. If you identify with this up and down pattern, you may likely be experiencing a chronic freeze response. This is a very common pattern of the biology of the nervous system! The freeze response is one of the states...
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Maternal Voice reduces pain in premature babies

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Notice and read this article: Maternal Voice Reduces Pain in Premature Babies Featured Neurology Neuroscience Open Neuroscience Articles Pain August 27, 2021 This is especially for all employees of Oranga Tamariki (Child protection services in NZ), NZ Family Court judges, and NZ Lawyers for Children Get informed with scientific evidence Work harder at getting trauma-responsive Babies need to be kept with their mothers at birth, from birth and onwards If you want the best for our children...
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The danger of Flashbacks

Adriana van Altvorst ·
The danger of flashbacks is that once you are back there, You can get stuck and Never find a way out. That is why we need strategies To find our way out again When you are with a person especially children who are facing flashbacks Please show us kindness and compassion And if you have absolutely no idea about what I am saying Please educate yourself If there is anything that is going to help us ALL to get unstuck Is empathy and that means EVERYONE knows about trauma and what it is like...
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I have PTSD - That does not mean I can't be a good parent

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Through my work as an advocate, I have met many people who, like me, have PTSD. I have PTSD because people made the choice to hurt me so bad that I now live with that every day. I live with trauma. The thing is I survived. I made the decision to pick myself up, to stand again, reset and keep moving forward. I now face many, many people including professionals who believe, erroneously, that I am my trauma. This is especially true in NZ because, in my country that I love so much, far too many...
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Lake Alice ~ What New Zealand did to their own

Adriana van Altvorst ·
(Blog image of Paul Zentveld - Lake Alice abuse survivor) Read this NZ Stuff article by Aaron Smale I ask that you reflect on your definition of mental health Your definition of mental health will determine how you respond to people with mental health The term "mental health" does not need to change Our perceptions, our definition, our response to the term "mental health" needs to change. Once I said that we need to take away the term "mental health" and replace it with another term. I...
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Re: Lake Alice ~ What New Zealand did to their own

Jodi Wert ·
<3 <3 <3 keep going *Jodi Wert* *Early Childhood Specialist* Website: www.jodiwert.com Phone: 919.200.3990 Email: jodi@jodiwert.com LinkedIn: Jodi Wert < https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodiwert/ > Pronouns: she/her (What's this < https://www.glsen.org/sites/de...nouns%20Resource.pdf > ?) Neuro-authentic (What's this < https://www.jodiwert.com/neuro-authentic >?) On Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 1:38 AM PACEsConnection < communitymanager@acesconnection.com> wrote:
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Growth through trauma

Adriana van Altvorst ·
There is growth through trauma. Hard as it is, there IS growth through trauma. Very often, we do not see it at the time. It is not until we reflect on what happened and find possible reasons why we faced a flashback or responded so badly to a trigger. I have been forcing myself to attend the Royal Commission Inquiry into Abuse in Care hearings because I wanted to discover WHY professionals working in our State institutions would cause harm to children and youth. I wanted to discover WHY they...
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