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    Post Traumatic Transformation the sacred process of healing the negative effects of trauma held in one's mind, heart, body, and spirit. It involves learning to stop suppressing or acting out the trauma story, and instead interpret its language directly to empower the natural grief process. The path of Post Traumatic Transformation brings profound strength of character, insight, and countless other gifts to those who have the courage and determination to stay with it.


    Navigate here to hear Staci interviewed about Post Traumatic Transformation by Carol the Coach, or on the play button below to hear another talk with even more information about healing from addiction, trauma, and grief.


    This talk is about :60 with :30 of in-depth Q&A following. Thank you to the Healing Hearts Retreat for the opportunity to speak about a topic near and dear to my heart!

    Watch slides while you listen HERE.

    In teaching about Post Traumatic Transformation, Staci weaves her own story with her perspective as a therapist to describe how the natural grief process gets put on hold by traumatic experiences, as our minds shift into survival mode to protect us from overwhelm.

    She explains how the support of therapy, 12-step fellowships, and other forms of healing can evoke a "thawing out" of traumatic grief, which can bring us to a crucial crossroads: back to addictions, or forward to deeper growth and transformation.





    PHASE I: HELL(o)










    More Post Traumatic Transformation References and Resources


    Article: "Post Traumatic Transformation," via my blog


    Video example of "Phase III: Birthright" state, as taught by a master: Kayden and her caregivers Kayden + Rain from Nicole Byon

    Song – “In My Arms” by John Foreman




    “Traumatic grief” (also called Chronic grief, Complicated grief, Prolonged grief, Complex grief*) is a form of grief which is prolonged, disturbed or extreme. It has a severe effect on a person's life affecting their employment or relationships...*


    * "Complex Grief". Care search - Palliative care knowledge network. Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as part of the National Palliative Care Program. 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2010-10-12.



    “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” summarized from DSM IV - a diagnostic manual used by mental health professionals - as


    • Intrusive reliving of traumatic experience
    • Avoidance of reminders of the experience and numbness
    • Feeling “on edge” or very alert
    • Can’t function in a major area of life




    See Dr. Stephen Karpman’s “Drama Triangle”, 1968,




    On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy, and Their Own Families by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 1969


    In An Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter A. Levine, PhD, 2010

    Written for clinicians, contains groundbreaking concepts of body-focused healing from trauma.


    When Society Becomes An Addict by Anne Wilson Schaef, 1987


    It Will Never Happen to Me: Growing Up with Addiction as Youngsters, Adolescents, Adults by Claudia Black, PhD,  2009


    Safe Passage to Healing: A Guide for Survivors of Ritual Abuse by Chrystine Oksana, 1994


    The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron, 2002


    Trauma Into Truth: Gutsy Healing and Why It’s Worth It by Rythea Lee, 2008


    The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD, 2014


    The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication and Self-Regulation by Stephen W. Porges, 2011



    “Trauma Prayer” by Staci Sprout, LICSW, CSAT


    “Creator, please gently show me what I need to know to heal and be of service to you.”