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By Andi Bourne

Relationships key to healing from trauma


November 15, 2018

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Stacy York points at Dr. Bruce Perry's diagram for brain development. She said the brain develops from the bottom up and inside out. Brain development begins in the brain stem with the somatosensory denoted by SS in the diagram. Regulatory is the emotional response that develops fully between ages four to six. Affect/relational develops during the teenage years followed by cognitive-plus by the age of 25. Trauma can impede brain development anywhere during the process.

SEELEY LAKE – Traumatic events like the Rice Ridge fire affect everyone differently. According to licensed, clinical social worker Stacy York, a person's response and feelings are what make it traumatic.

"The way that we heal is through relationship. That is the only way," said York during her presentation on how trauma affects children, Nov. 15 at Seeley Lake Elementary. "If we are not in relationship, we can't heal."

York's presentation intertwined her personal stories and audience questions with the science of body physiology and brain development to help attendees understand children'...

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