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SUPPORT FOR TURKEY & SYRIA: A community conversation with Dr. Perry in the aftermath of devastating earthquake

Requested by the Moodist Psychiatric Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey, Dr. Perry addresses how traumatic stress is perceived and best addressed by individuals, responders and communities.   Free resource

The Child's Loss: Death, Grief and Mourning Helping Children Exposed to Traumatic Death

Translated in both English and Turkish, this article is a quick read for adults helping children cope during tragedy.

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NN COVID-19 Stress, Distress & Trauma Series 

NN COVID Series: 1 - Patterns of Stress determine Risk & Resilience

This brief (15 min) video with Dr. Bruce Perry discusses how the pattern of stress can determine risk or resilience.  The importance of structure, predicability and moderation of daily stress is highlighted.  The malleability of the capacity to demonstrate resilience is discussed.

Conversations about the Pandemic with Oprah Winfrey: Dr. Bruce Perry speaks with Oprah on Apple + about stress, distress and trauma. Free resource

The videos in this series with Dr. Bruce Perry are provided to view and share.  We have closed captioned each video. To change captions from English to another language, select "settings" (cog at bottom right), select “Subtitles/CC” then select “Auto-translate” and finally select the language of your choice.

NN COVID Series: 2 - Understanding State-dependent Functioning

This brief (22 min) video with Dr. Bruce Perry reviews how stress and distress change the way we think, feel and behave.  The relevance for the current pandemic is discussed.

NN COVID Series: 3 - Emotional Contagion

In this brief (20 min) video, Dr. Bruce Perry discusses 'emotional contagion' and talks about the power of calm.  The concept of power differential is discussed in context of human interactions and discusses the importance of calm, regulated leadership in times of stress and distress.

NN COVID Series: 4 - Sequence of Engagement

This is a brief (20 min) video describing the sequential processing of experience in the brain.  The Regulate-Relate-Reason heuristic is explained. This simple but powerful concept can help minimize miscommunication and behavioral challenges (especially with dysregulated adults and children).

NN COVID Series: 5 - Understanding Regulation

This brief (23 min) video reviews some of the basics of 'regulation' and helps viewers understand why patterned, repetitive somatosensory activity is regulating.  The primary regulatory role of dissociation is also discussed.  Very basic neuroscience about stress and regulation can help viewers understand the power of intentional regulatory practices - especially in the current COVID-19 pandemic.

NN COVID Series: 6 - Dosing & Spacing

This brief (25 min) video discusses elaborates on the importance of the "pattern" of stress and stress activation with a focus on the concept of 'dosing.'  What is considered a "moderate" dose of stress - why is this important in building resilience?  And what is the power of the moment?  This video presents some important background for understanding the importance of small but powerful relational moments.

NN COVID Series: 7 - Self-care & Organizational Care

This brief (25 min) video highlights the reasons self-care and organizational care are needed for individuals and organizations that work in high stress settings, or with individuals with trauma histories. Examples of integration of regulatory strategies into work-flow are provided.

NN COVID Series: 8 - Decision Fatigue

This brief (21 min) video discusses the importance of regulation during decision-making. Decision fatigue and analysis paralysis can impede the development of creative solutions during times of crisis. A few simple guidelines can improve decision-making and lead to more effective practice, programs and policy - especially when created during times of duress, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

NN COVID Series: 9 - Managing Transitions

This brief (27 min) video helps viewers understand transitions as stressors, and provides concrete strategies to help individuals and organizations struggling with transitions. This knowledge is foundational in managing the uncertain times and many transitions that are inevitable in any crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

NN COVID Series: 10 - Reward & Maladaptive Regulation using Alcohol & Substances

This brief (16 min) video provides an introduction to the reward neurobiology and how this relates to the use and misuse of alcohol and substances of 'abuse' to provide regulation and reward. The importance of understanding the neurobiology underneath 'reward' seeking behaviors is highlighted. The role that stress, distress and trauma play in altering our reward seeking and reward 'quenching' behaviors is discussed.

NN COVID Series: 11 - Sport in Healing & Resilience Building

This special one hour edition of the NM Network Series on Stress & Trauma features a conversation about the potential regulating, rewarding & healing effects of sport. The underlying rationale of the collaborative work of WeCoach and the Neurosequential Network is discussed, in part. This is a useful introduction to stress, trauma and resilience for coaches, parents, athletes and anyone interested in sport or traumatic stress.

NN COVID Series: 12 - Understanding the Power Differential

This (31 min) video discusses the dynamics of interpersonal interactions; a "power differential" is created when two people interact. A dominance hierarchy can influence emotional, social and cognitive functioning. The individual on the bottom of the power differential will have a 'state-dependent' shift in brain-functioning and feel more anxious or even threatened. The role that gender, race, role and physical proximity can play in this dynamic is discussed, as is the importance of power differential dynamics in understanding equity concepts.

NN COVID Series: 13 - The Intimacy Barrier

This (25 min) video discusses the concept of 'relational sensitivity'; when intimacy becomes an evocative cue, there can be a host of problems with forming and maintaining relationships. This is a common issue with children, youth and adults who have had inconsistent, unpredictable or abusive early caregiving.

NN COVID Series: 14 - Distributed Leadership

This (30 min) video provides an overview of the power of distributed leadership. The awareness of the neurobiological 'preferences' that we have for small group functioning and dynamics provides some insight to the inefficient forms of large group planning and program development that characterize our current child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice and early childhood systems.

The Pandemic Toolkit Parents Need

This brief, useful document is a great resource for parents.

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