Dennis Rodman: In the American Grain

We can learn from Dennis Rodman's behavior, rather than simple chastise him.

6 Lessons from the Navy Yard

6 sure ways to cut veterans' suicides.

A Practical Approach to Military PTSD

It's time to commit to programs that will serve our troops with the same fidelity with which they serve us.

Helping Haitians to Heal, Part 3

After the first day our participants are already using what they have learned. Several speak of "traffic meditation," pulling over to the curb amidst Port-au-Prince's daily madness, soft belly breathing until they are "calme" and "douce," peaceful, soft and amazingly unhurried.

Helping Haitians to Heal, part 2

Tears are everywhere. Like high water behind a dam, you can see them swelling, pressing for release in the stiff bodies and taut faces of men and women who gather for the first day of our training.We’ve selected 120 clinicians, educators and religious leaders.

Trauma Healing for Haitian Red Cross Staff and Volunteers (Croix Rouge Haitien)

Already at 9am, the air is hot and heavy in the workshop tent. Fifty or sixty people are present, most of them quite young, taking notes, wonderfully attentive and responsive. They are a bit shy at first, but as we all introduce ourselves, they offer stories of trembling bodies, panicked hearts, of sights beyond endurance—

CMBM's Drawing Exercise Resonates in Haiti

We use a variety of techniques in our workshops, including explanation of the fight-or-flight and stress responses, meditations, guided imagery, and shaking and dancing. We also do a drawing exercise that has been enormously helpful to children and adults in war, post-war, and post-disaster situations, in Kosovo, Gaza, Israel, and New Orleans, and with US military. For a while, everyone--bent over paper, crayons in hand--becomes young, earnest, playful, surprised.

At School in Haiti: Andre's Story

At the end of the third class, a quiet, solemn boy asks if he can speak with me. “What,” he had wondered during class, “about memories of the lost person that come back again and again?” Andre says that he has great difficulty falling asleep, and when he finally does, nightmares always come. “I feel so helpless. I cannot talk to anyone.” He grabs his throat with every other sentence. When I mention the gesture, he tells me that his “words are stuck in my throat. And I am afraid to cry. It is not manly.”

At School: A Place to Help Haitian Children II

We keep our sessions as simple and clear as we can: an introduction to fight-or-flight, stress, and trauma, answers to their questions, and three lessons. Here they are.