What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing

Recently a new book has been written and released by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry discussing the impact of trauma. In a recent article published by PACES Connection there is a description of this new book entitled What Happened to You, Converstions on Trauma, Resilience and Healing.  Here are some excerpts from that description.

A little more than three years ago, Oprah Winfrey did a segment about childhood trauma  on 60 Minutes. One of the people she interviewed was child psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Bruce Perry.

“It is my hope that our story about trauma-informed care will not just be impactful, but will also be revolutionary,” Winfrey said at the time the segment was aired. “Doing the segment certainly has caused a revolution in my own life.”

Dr. Bruce Perry, Courtesy Google Images

I think all of us who learn about the science of positive and adverse childhood experiences believe that it will cause a revolution in people’s lives, and it can. I echo Winfrey’s words: The knowledge certainly caused a revolution in my life and led me to launch ACEs Connection, which became PACEs Connection. I’m sure that the knowledge has had a similar effect on the more than 51,000 members (and growing) of PACEs Connection.

Ophray Winfrey, Photo Credit Harpo Inc

But it hasn’t caused a revolution for all people as quickly as we would like. It takes time and repetition to break through the boundaries of fear and disbelief, individually and in organizations, as well as in a culture that’s hampered by a system of racism whose layers of complexity are still largely invisible to those who benefit from it. Healing requires that the knowledge seep through the layers of the trauma in each of our own lives to where we can understand it, accept it and talk freely about it with others. And that takes building trust in ourselves, each other, our families, communities and work environments.

The book features valid trauma information but also stories from Oprah’s experiences. I am sure you will find the book to be life-changing in your perspective and it will give you a new lens for the trauma that you or others may be experiencing and encountering in your life.

Gerry Vassar


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