THE THERAPEUTIC INVENTORY INSTITUTE (TTII)
TTII is a 501c3 dedicated to treating the residual symptoms of traumatic experiences through the use of researched based yoga practices, breathing techniques, meditation, cognitive-behavioral strategies, and other movement therapies. TTII also serves as an innovator in developing preventative strategies for individuals and institutions. It is our belief that traumatic experiences reside at a cellular level and that the ability to manage those symptoms is achievable.
Traumatic experiences can devastate the quality of life and learning opportunities in innumerable ways. This is especially true in some high trauma urban environments where students come to school everyday having been involved in traumatic events. Children are especially vulnerable to the impact of traumatic experiences as they have less coping skills and support systems. Teachers / staff can benefit from TTII’s focus on trauma informed care, as the creation of a therapeutic environment reduces stress (compassion fatigue,vicarious trauma). TTII uses breathing, meditation, visualization, yoga and other therapeutic interventions to teach self soothing techniques as therapeutic tools. Developing skills to recognize, and address internal mood changes is critical for children, parents, teachers and community members. Each school is assessed for it's positive resources which are used as a foundation for developing a trauma sensitive environment.
TTII works with corporations,churches and other community partners to help them recognize stressful environments / experiences. The focus is on enhancing the therapeutic intervention, leaving the clients with take away skills and resources.
"NOTHING WILL WORK UNLESS YOU DO"
INTERVENTION STRATEGIES FOR TRANSFORMATION
INTO THERAPEUTIC ENVIRONMENTS
Assessment of current work / home environment
Presentations to Staff / Students/Employees
Development of institution / individual specific care plans
Consultation with Teachers / Administrators
Individual Client Assessments
Small Student Groups – Focused on SEL / TRAUMA
Creation of Meditation Room for Students / Staff
Develop Yoga / Meditation Groups
Fast Track to Mental Health / Substance Abuse Services
Create a Trauma Informed / Trauma Sensitive Environment
To assess and decrease the residual effects of traumatic events in the lives of students, families and school personnel
To empower schools, communities and corporations with stress reduction techniques as a preventative strategy.
To train staff with take away skills for life enhancement
TTII was created by Dr. Larry Turner, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, RN, Substance Abuse Therapist and Certified Yoga Therapist who has worked with traumatized children and adults all over the world.
Contact info: 773-324-6072.
What you do the most, is what you'll be good at
Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
Tales From The Hood
Hurricane Katrina /Rita- My experiences with the victims varied but one that stands out was that of a little girl and her father. While dad looked around and talked to the various agencies for assistance, the little girl with a stunned look on her face, silently followed him around clutching his hand tightly. Several of the providers tried to engage her in conversation however she said nothing. I had seen similar expressions on the faces of traumatized children in hospitals and clinics in Chicago. The little girl carried a battered doll with her and clung to it tightly. I asked if their was anything we could get for the doll and if she were okay. The little girl began to tell me that her doll needed water and a clean dress. I provided a bottle of water for the doll and the little girl insisted that I drink with them and we began to push some chairs together. I got called away for another emergency and asked one of the nurses to take my place with the little girl. While I never saw either of them again, I often wondered what the full story was of her traumatic experience during Hurricane Katrina / Rita. What is clear, is that traditional cognitive-behavioral assessments often leave out a lot of information. For this girl, the door to healing was opened through her relationship with the doll. My work in Chicago had produced therapeutic interventions that worked.
Haitian Eartquake - While Port-Au-Prince was severely damaged during this catastrophic event, the cities near the epicenter, like Leogone, suffered extensive damage to life and physical structure. In all over 230,000 people perished in this disaster. While the medical needs where done in make shift clinics with tarps, the psychological needs were difficult to assess and address. We developed evening yoga classes for the medical staff to relieve some of the daily vicarious trauma. When we where out in the country side in smaller camps, I started doing yoga with the children twice a day. This was an attempt to normalize and reduce the impact of trauma, if only for a little while. While medical supplies where often in short supply, the children were able to laugh and play.Laughter, another great stress reducer.
Ebola Crisis - Many of the First responders to this crisis in Western Africa where overwhelmed by the lack of poor working environments and lack of appropriate equipment. The harsh working conditions, lack of effective time off, and extremely poor survival rate of the victims, created new traumatic memories and allowed old traumas to resurface. Some of the techniques that worked to relieve stress were breathing, visualization, and prolonged holding of easy yoga poses. Reintegration is difficult and at times seems impossible. Practice, Practice, Practice.
Jenkins, E.J., Wang, E. Turner, L. (2009). Traumatic events involving friends and family members in a sample of African American early adolescents. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. (79), 3. P-398-406.
Jenkins, E.J., Wang, E., Turner, L. (2014). Beyond Community Violence: Loss and Traumatic Grief in African American Elementary School Children. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma (2014) 7:27–36
you never kNow how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have
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All donations to TTII are used for training / presentations to community partners. Community partners such as churches, childcare providers,and substance abuse treatment centers, can receive free training to assist upward movement of their clients. TTII trains volunteers to work in schools with traumatized children.The driving force behind TTII is to teach people to look inward, in a therapeutic manner. In addition, the need for learning self examination techniques and self support is critical in moving forward for all.