Denim Day: Make a social statement with your fashion statement

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April 19, 2017

This year, Denim Day is Wednesday, April 26. Grab your denim and help support the sexual violence prevention education campaign. Why denim you ask? Denim Day grew out of an Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. The Italian Supreme Court claimed that because the victim was wearing tight jeans, she needed to

Past Trauma, Current Problems (Don’t Suffer in Silence)

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November 5, 2014

People tend to associate PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) exclusively with war veterans.  While this group is very susceptible to PTSD, they are not the only group.  Anyone who has witnessed or experienced a traumatic event may find it difficult to function now as a result from trauma-related memories and other symptoms.  This could be a result of abuse (physical,

TraumaDrama: An Effective Approach in Therapeutic Treatment Programs

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February 18, 2014

In 2013, clinical therapist Kim Jensen, LMFT, brought his 10-week experiential TraumaDrama program to OPI and OPI Intensive participants, as announced in this July 2013 article. Here, Jensen explains more about why this creative approach to healing from past trauma can be so highly effective. TraumaDrama is an experiential-based treatment group that explores the participant’s emotional and physical experience of

Through TraumaDrama, OPI Participants Heal Past Experiences and Develop New Narratives for Their Lives

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July 10, 2013

TraumaDrama is a 10-week experiential group for OPI and OPI Intensive participants who have struggled with trauma at some point in their past. Facilitated by clinical therapist Kim Jensen, LMFT, TraumaDrama utilizes structured psychodrama interventions, improvisation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), drama narrative, Fitzmaurice Voice and somatic bodywork to help participants process “life wounds” associated with trauma, grief, loss and PTSD,

Empowerment Group at OPI Helps Participants Leave Behind Trauma & Start Anew

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February 25, 2013

Each year we honor the “Women’s Self-Empowerment Week,” but it’s a regular topic of interest that we approach on a daily basis. Here within all our OPI Living Programs, we have various group therapy options in which participants are given a safe environment to use their voice, express themselves, and share their experiences and thoughts with others. In particular, our

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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March 1, 2012
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Trauma, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), has been found to commonly co-occur with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Many young men or women have experienced early interpersonal trauma. PTSD is triggered by these traumatic experiences, and can develop at any stage of life. Since BPD typically begins to develop in childhood, the frequency with which PTSD and trauma-related conditions co-occurs