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Mindfulness, Attention, and Choice

Mindfulness, Attention, and Choice Mindfulness: paying attention to the present moment non-judgmentally, as often as you can. Simple but difficult – and why would I want to do this anyway, you ask? The simple answer: choice. The more practice we have at noticing what is happening both around and within us, the better we are able to notice when we …

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Making mindful choices to support your wellbeing

  So much of the time we run on autopilot, allowing habit to make our choices for us. Sometimes when driving you may even find yourself at a familiar destination like home when you had meant to go to the market. Your body remembered the way home and your mind was focused on the argument you just had or on …

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Decreasing Holiday Stress

  Light and hope are common themes at the root of many winter holidays. Though winter will remain with us for a time, the winter solstice in December marks the gradual increasing of light after the longest night. Despite this, the holiday season is often a time of increased stress, making it difficult to connect with the experience of light …

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Tips for a Restful Nights Sleep

“Sleep is the best medication” – Dalai Lama Many people have trouble sleeping at times. However, this is more likely to be a problem for individuals following a trauma, such as sexual abuse or sexual assault. Sleep problems following a trauma are often attributed to hyperarousal and safety concerns. The term hyperarousal refers to feeling keyed up, jittery, or always …

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Fostering Positive Attachment in Children

The world is changed one child at a time. – Maya Angelou  At PASAC, we provide services to individuals of all ages. As part of the Kentucky Association of Children’s Advocacy Center, we are charged with providing services to those children who have experienced sexual abuse. We provide a wide array of services to meet the complex and holistic needs …

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Healing Beyond Words – Why the arts aren’t just for kids

Sadly, most of us grow up believing that art is only for kids or for people who call themselves “Artist” with a capital “A” and whose work hangs in galleries and museums. However, the more we learn about the brain, the more evidence crops up that tells us the arts support healing and recovery from trauma – and not just …

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Caring for the Caregiver

Child sexual abuse impacts both the child and their family system. Caregivers of children who have been sexually abused may experience a wide range of emotions following a child’s disclosure. Common reactions may include but are not limited to feeling shocked or numb, anger, disbelief, denial, hatred toward the offender, feelings of insignificance, guilt, shame, and betrayal. Every person is …

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You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone The tides are shifting.  No longer is it taboo to talk about being a victim of sexual violence.  It seems like every time one turns on the television, opens up the internet, or listens to the radio, there’s another story about someone experiencing sexual abuse.  From students at major colleges to celebrity icons to the children …

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Treating Trauma

Over the past several years, there has been a shift in the mental health and medical field on the views of how traumatic experiences impact individuals. Rather than looking at trauma as something that just affects one psychologically, we now know that both the short-term and long-term physical effects of trauma are astounding. From addiction and relationship problems to chronic …

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Children with Sexual Behavior Problems: What is normal and what is not?

Children with Sexual Behavior Problems: What is normal and what is not? Most people can recall a time where, as a child, you were curious about sexual development. It’s not uncommon for young children to engage in “doctor” play or ask questions about genital differences of the opposite sex. We’ve all heard children ask questions about sex and sexuality that …

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