Working with Survivors Need for Control

Working with Survivors Need for Control
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2024-03-05
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: Working with Survivors Need for Control
Unit 2 Transcript: Working with Survivors Need for Control
Unit 3 Workbook: Working with Survivors Need for Control
Unit 4 Recording: Working with Survivors Need for Control

The need for control may be seen as a negative trait, but for those healing from a traumatic event, control can facilitate healing and foster hope toward a future beyond trauma. This webinar delves into the multifaceted nature of trauma recovery and the pivotal role of control in this.

Leading this discussion is Duane Bowers, a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Wellness Consultant, Presenter, Author, and Reiki Master. He’s assisted trauma survivors, their families, and the professionals working with them by providing support, strategies, and resources to overcome trauma.

Points Duane discussed in this session include:

  • How trauma interventions must be tailored individually, emphasizing the importance of multiple strategies to enhance effectiveness.
  • The concept of control in the trauma context, how it tends to play out in trauma survivors, and factors taken into account when working with a survivor.
  • The core issues that transpire when someone experiences trauma and what can be done to overcome these.
  • How enhancing a survivor’s sense of self involves shifting from an external to an internal locus of control, fostering responsibility, and empowering change.
  • Elements that can be leveraged to lead to a sense of control such as a sense of certainty, consistency, being given choices, and accomplishing, understanding and predicting things.
  • How lack of control manifests as stressful physical reactions and traumatic responses and helping clients overcome these by getting them to understand sensory input and brain processes, and teaching breathwork and cortisol-reducing practices.
  • Fostering a sense of hope and a sense of future through goal-setting to regain control and aid in post-trauma recovery.
  • Understanding guilt in the aftermath of trauma, the various forms it may take, and the paradoxical sense of control it can offer survivors.
  • Acceptance is a powerful form of control in trauma recovery, emphasizing the importance of acknowledging reality and managing one’s response to it instead of passive resignation.
  • Mental state management through zone/flow/trance activities like mindful doodling, which promotes a meditative state and provides a therapeutic pause from overwhelming thoughts.

Questions from the webinar participants are about:

  • Clients using control over themselves too obsessively, potentially leading to isolation.
  • The impact of long-term alcoholism on the ability to maintain an internal locus of control.
  • Approaching guilt in the aftermath of sexual abuse.
  • Interventions for domestic violence victims who are conditioned to believe they are responsible for the abuse.
  • Balancing trauma effects and personal responsibility.


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Audience Comments

  • “The manner in which this information was presented was with care and in depth knowledge. Should be offered at least quarterly to ensure more have an opportunity to receive this critical information. THANK YOU!!!”
  • “Great presentation! It was helpful to be reminded of ways to pinpoint the individual’s sense of control, where it is coming from, and to develop more of the inner sense of control.”
  • “I always say that if I learn one or two key things from a training, then it was a success! You can hear the passion in this presenter. Easy to follow, excellent information, and key things were taken away. Even after nearly 25 years of providing victim services, I took some key components away from today’s presentation. Thank you!”
  • “I just plain ol’ enjoyed the webinar. I appreciate the speaker’s transparency when mentioning his own addictions. I love that he explained the bodily responses that occur when we are stressed. Good reminder for myself to slow down the breathing to slow down the heart. His reminder about giving choices helps to give the trauma survivor control was needed. I will definitely revisit this webinar. Great presenter and topic!!”
  • “He needs to write a book. I will buy 10 copies.”
  • “This was an amazing presentation. I learned so much from it and it was fascinating. I think this information is so applicable for everyone in the community, especially for those who work with trauma survivors. Thank you!”
  • “This was so informative and helpful in knowing how to work with anyone experiencing trauma. I loved the specific questions you could ask and the suggestion of mindful doodling! Thanks so much for this great webinar.”
  • “His enthusiasm and his knowledge of the subject was outstanding the examples were great. He really cared about everything he was talking about. I truly learned a lot today and I appreciate you being there.”
  • “Duane’s presentation was fantastic! I learned some great tools. This training flew by because it was so informative and engaging. Thank you Duane and Justice Clearing House!”



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