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Tribute to Happy Fernandez

Happy Fernandez, who died on January 19, 2013, was a remarkable social activist, former Philadelphia City Councilwoman, former President of the Moore College of Art, founder of Parents Union for Public Schools in Philadelphia, and a very good friend. As recently as last month, Happy welcomed the CAREGIVERS film project’s Development Coordinator and me into […]

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CARRYING DARISABEL a short film on the emotional impact of first responders and police to a child abuse homicide

This short film highlights the powerful emotional impacts upon first responders and police officers who arrived at the scene of the 2008 homicidal abuse of a young child, Darisabel, in 2008. It is painful to watch but important, especially in terms of illustrating secondary traumatic stress upon dedicated caregiving professionals. This 20 minute film may […]

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Journalists Addressing Their Own Risk for Secondary Traumatic Stress

Following is a brief excerpt from a fascinating article on the blog of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, addressing the potentially powerful emotional impact upon journalists who personally investigate and report on major traumas in society. Reporters at Risk Are No Longer Alone: Tips on Covering Mass Shootings “…Part of the challenge is […]

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Physician as Wounded Healer – Dr. Donald Friedman, MD (note his response to CAREGIVERS film in earlier post)

Following is a quote from Dr. Don Friedman’s outstanding article, “Physician as Wounded Healer”, with a link to the complete article. “…So what are the wounds that can affect the wounded healer, and how can they contribute to the healing process? First of all, everyone is wounded in some way, and that includes physicians. There […]

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“Humor, Laughter, Illness, and Health” by Dr. Don Friedman, M.D. and his response to CAREGIVERS film

“I viewed the trailer for CAREGIVERS and was so moved by its subject matter, presentation, intensity, honesty, and phenomenal significance. So many kudos to you for doing this! And your workshop sounds amazing too. Do physicians ever take it? It would be wonderful if they did. … Humor was a saving modality for me as […]

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“CAREGIVERS AND THE IMPACT OF THEIR WORK”

Danielle DiPietro, Public Outreach of Mesothelioma Center (see www.Asbestos.com) recommends the above titled article, by Faith Franz, regarding the psychological cost of caring. Following is a quote from the article recommending support groups for professional caregivers. A link to the full article is also included. Danielle DiPietro can be reached at dpietro@asbestos.com please check out […]

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THE RAW POWER OF FRIENDS–Caregiving Through Hurricane Sandy

Philadelphia was spared the worst of the Hurricane Sandy, though a number of friends were without electricity. On Lombard Street, we had rain, wind, an ominous “calm before the storm,” and a shutter blown off an upstairs window, but are lucky and relieved. My heart goes to all those in the Caribbean and the U.S. […]

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LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST CREATES WHOLE NEW DIRECTION IN CAREGIVING

I am a licensed psychologist who has been a caregiver and taken that experience in a whole new direction. In 2000, my 90 year old father-in-law moved into our home with me, my husband, and our two children. He had Parkinson’s Disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes, had survived several cancers, and had just enough dementia […]

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When Doctors Grieve

CAREGIVERS film will help to destigmatize the professional grief or secondary traumatic stress which many kinds of professional caregivers, including doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel experience. Check out the excellent article by Leeat Granek, called When Doctors Grieve, which speaks to this issue at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/opinion/sunday/when-doctors-grieve.html Granek writes: “We recruited and interviewed 20 oncologists who […]

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Professional Caregivers May Cry

John Weaver is a clinical social worker, author, crisis intervention consultant, and trainer from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, USA. Since 1991, he has been actively involved as a volunteer relief worker and instructor with the American Red Cross (ARC) Disaster Mental Health (DMH) team. He has assisted at several local and national disasters including service during the […]

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