All Kinds of News for January 09, 2019
New Vision Wilderness’ Co-Founder Steve Sawyer, LCSW, CSAC was honored for upholding a fundamental company value of service by providing pro bono training to help victims overcome traumatic fires. Steve, along with 14 other brainspotting trainers, partnered with the Pacific Trauma Center in Chico, CA to provide pro bono brainspotting training to 110 therapists helping victims overcome the devasting fires in California, including the Camp Fire, where over 153,000 acres were burned, 18,793 structured were damaged and 85 lives were lost. The November fire has been the most destructive fire in California history. With this scope of devastation, it is estimated that over 9000 individuals are left traumatized and homeless.
Brainspotting is a powerful, brain-based trauma therapy that accesses the deepest regions of the brain where individuals store traumatic experiences and survival terror. The symptoms of unprocessed trauma include emotional and body pain, dissociations, anxiety, insomnia, flashbacks, numbing, addiction, disconnection and other challenging symptoms. Verbal engagement does not reach the deep regions of the brain where the traumatic experiences are held, making it difficult to overcome traumatic events. So does it work? after a five-year study comparing over 25 therapeutic modalities, brainspotting was voted the most effective trauma treatment by the parents and survivors of the Sandy Hook massacre. Obviously, this tool can be very effective to help the California fire victims, first responders and community overcome this horrible tragedy.
Steve Sawyer says “I am so deeply honored to be involved in this massive humanitarian event. My heart is filled with hope for the Chico, CA community based on this training and the feedback from 2 victims who experienced brainspotting during the training. Brainspotting provides local clinicians a tool to help survivors process through the trauma that was experienced and prevent future emotional distress. This collaboration represents hope to communities across the world that have witnessed traumatic situations such as natural disasters and shootings. I have also done direct work with the Los Angeles community with miraculous results for shooting survivors.” Brainspotting is offering hope for healing to the world during these troubling events and difficult times.
About New Vision Wilderness
New Vision Wilderness Therapy (NVW) serves preteens, teens, young adults and families in three U.S. locations: the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, the majestic Cascade mountain range of Central Oregon and the lush Nantahala National Forest of North Carolina. NVW is a specialty wilderness therapy treatment program that is clinically intensive, highly specialized and trauma-informed. To learn more, go to www.newvisionwilderness.com or contact our Admissions team at 855-689-8326.