On Trauma, Survivorship, Systems of Oppression, Dissociation, Adaptive Nervous System Responses and how all of this intersects with the past and current reality w/ Morgan Vanderpool LICSW

[Episode 55 of The Intentional Clinician]

In this episode, Paul Krauss MA LPC welcomes Morgan Vanderpool LICSW as they draw from their vast experience to talk about trauma-informed awareness in the collective space and within the personal body. Morgan works to reverse systems of violence in our society and help individuals recover from years of oppression.

Morgan discusses how what our society may view as “bad” behavior is simply the natural result of living in a broken system. Our bodies were not designed to succumb to much of the oppression we see today. In fact, as Morgan explains, damage to our nervous systems reflects the chronic stress that we endure. While some people are more burdened by our current environment than others, Morgan advocates for all people engaging in the process of decolonizing and equalizing our society. Morgan offers tips for those who have been affected by systems of oppression and those who realize that they may be unintentionally participating in oppressor roles.

Morgan also encourages our culture to talk about survivorship. This is a new way of thinking for many in our Western world, but it is necessary to change the negative impacts of violent systems. Morgan shares some of her own story related to survivorship and encourages listeners to participate in a similar healing journey. Morgan also offers training on these topics on their website.

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Morgan Vanderpool, LICSW: “I am a white, non-binary, queer, billingual (Spanish/English) and multicultural clinical social worker, trauma sensitive movement and breath facilitator, professional trainer, and activist. I’m deeply committed to neuroscientifically-grounded and mycelially-guided embodiment practices that support our collective disengagement from white-body-supremacy, and which foster opportunity for anti-oppressive and trauma sensitive connection with every breath, movement, choice, thought and word. I’ve been in the social work field since 2007, when I graduated from University of California San Diego with my BA in Human Development, with minors in Latin American Studies and Dance. I have been specializing in embodiment-based approaches to resolving complex trauma since 2011. I graduated with my Master in Social Work in 2013 from University of Washington, Tacoma. I have been practicing as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) since 2016, and I am a WA state sponsored supervisor for folx seeking licensure.”

Learn more about Morgan at their website: https://www.morganvanderpool.com/

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Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

If you are looking for EMDRIA consulting groups, Paul Krauss MA LPC is now hosting weekly online and in-person groups.  For details, click here.

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Original Music:

“Echoes of Starlight” from INTRINSIC by Climbing Poetree (Spotify)

”Shades of Currency” from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“Soft” from Within and Without by Washed Out (Spotify)

“LIFE” from Care For Me by SABA (Spotify)

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