Fritzi Horstman interviews Dr. Bruce Perry

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Join CPP Founder Fritzi Horstman and guests as they discuss the objectives and approaches involved in bringing trauma awareness and compassionate healing to the forefront of public conversation.

Dr. Perry is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy and a Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria Australia.

Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs and policy across the world.

Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Dr. Perry’s most recent book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey was released in 2021.

In this interview we discuss:

  • What is Dr. Perry’s definition of Trauma?
  • Same trauma effects people differently
  • 3 E’s of Trauma: Event, Experience and Effect
  • Significance of Childhood Trauma and Developmental Trauma
  • Regulation vs. Dysregulation
  • Self Soothing
  • Reactivity
  • 3 R’s: Regulate / Relate / Reason
  • People living in their brain stem… Addicts , people living and working in prison
  • How do we heal in prison?
  • Living in the brain stem
  • Functional IQ
  • Getting to the cortex
  • Healing in community
Feature photo credit: therapistuncensored.com

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