CHAPTER THREEWhat Is Trauma Exposure Response?

It was not until last week, after being gone months and after going and picking herbs day after day and making tinctures, that I could think again like myself. It really scared me because I wasn’t sure I was going to ever come back.

Mo O’Brien, a street medic who helped create one of the first medical clinics in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

If we are to do our work with suffering people and environments in a sustainable way, we must understand how our work affects us. We need to undertake an honest assessment of how our feelings or behaviors have changed in response to whatever trauma we have been exposed to. Generally speaking, a trauma exposure response may be defined as the transformation ...

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