There's Always Hope!

A PTSD & Trauma Informed FIlm


60%
of youth age 17 and younger have been exposed to crime, violence, and abuse, either directly or indirectly.
50%
 of all children and adolescents were assaulted at least once in the past year
26%
of children in the U.S. will witness or experience a traumatic event before they turn four.

Can we agree we are a work in progress?
Please know you are not ALONE in the struggle!

  • We want you to become trauma informed and learn how to take your life back as you heal in this Part 1 experience 
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Awareness & Education 
Take the ACES Quiz and find out if you're at risk regarding trauma

  •  Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often… Swear at you, insult you, put you down, or humiliate you? or Act in a way that made you afraid that you might be physically hurt?
  •  Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often… Push, grab, slap, or throw something at you? Or Ever hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured?
  • ​ Did an adult or person at least 5 years older than you ever… Touch or fondle you or have you touch their body in a sexual way? or Attempt or actually have oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse with you?
  •  Did you often or very often feel that … No one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special? or Your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other?
  •  Did you often or very often feel that … You didn’t have enough to eat, had to wear dirty clothes, and had no one to protect you? or Your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed it.
  •  ​Were your parents ever separated or divorced?
  •  Was your mother or stepmother: Often or very often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at her? or Sometimes, often, or very often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard? or Ever repeatedly hit over at least a few minutes or threatened with a gun or knife?
  • ​ Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic, or who used street drugs?
  • ​ Was a household member depressed or mentally ill, or did a household member attempt suicide?   
  • ​ Did a household member go to prison? 
  • ​ Now add up your “Yes” answers:   ___ This is your ACE Score ___

What does your score mean?

Essentially, as your ACE score increases, so does the risk of disease, social and emotional problems. 
With an ACE score of 4 or more, things start getting serious. 

Since trauma settles into the body over time, the likelihood of these conditions increase by:

 •hepatitis 240 %
 •depression 460 %
 •attempted suicide  1,220 %
•chronic pulmonary lung disease 390 %

This film was made possible by the incredible individuals who choose to share their stories, expertise, and experiences with us.

BONUS : Generational Abuse 
Brenda Eng-Rankin, Survivor 

BONUS : Risky Behavior
Dr. John King, Survivor & Expert

Janet Seahorn, PhD
Jenny Jamison, APSW

BONUS : Jared Wihongi, Swat Operator/Instructor
Geoff Perrin, Former Metropolitan Police, London

BONUS : Pandemic Grief
Brian Ross, Executive Producer & Survivor

LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

LIVING WELL AFTER TRAUMA

Survivors from the Film

Linda Bell
  Anthony Seahorn
Dawn Carlson
Kathryn Pollack
Brenda Eng-Rankin
Tiffany Ra'Chel
Nikki Davis
Deanna Culver
Mike Vaessens
Ray Norton

Ardelia Bell
John King, PhD
Brian J Ross
 People who have experienced 
trauma are:
4x
more likely to become an alcoholic
3x
 more likely to experience depression
4x
  more likely to develop a sexually transmitted disease
4x
 more likely to inject drugs
3x
 more likely to use antidepressant medication
15x
 more likely to attempt suicide
2.5x
 more likely to smoke
2x
 more likely to have serious financial problems
Meet the Experts
"Light in the Darkness"
Janet Seahorn, PhD
Jenny Jamison, APSW

Bonus: What is PTSD 

 I think sometimes when you're in the darkness, it's important that you address it. Yes, you're in the darkness, but don't stay there. Don't build your house there. There's always hope.
Janet Seahorn, PhD

Dr. Janet Seahorn

Dr. Seahorn has been a classroom teacher and administrator for forty years. She has taught as an adjunct professor for Colorado State University and several universities in the Denver area. For the last ten years she has been teaching a class on Neuroscience and Learning at Colorado State University.

 Jan has a BA in English/Elementary Ed., an endorsement/license in middle school education and administration, a MA in Gifted and Talented, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Organizational Systems. Her background includes an in-depth understanding of neuroscience research and effective instructional practices, organizational systems and change. She conducts numerous workshops on the Neuroscience of Learning & Memory Systems and the effects of “at-risk” stress environments on brain development.

Dr. Seahorn co-authored the award-winning book with her husband, Tears of a Warrior: A Family’s Story of Combat and Living With PTSD. The theme focus is on trauma and how it can impact the brain, body, and emotional development of an individual. Much of the research focused on Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and understanding how to identify and work with first responders and veterans who have experienced trauma and associated stress. 

She and her husband Tony work extensively with military personnel, veterans, first responders and families on how trauma impacts the brain. She also works with schools and communities on how trauma experienced in childhood through abuse, neglect, and other environmental conditions impact learning and behavior. She has written two other books, When Crap Happens Grow Zucchini: A Book on How to Live with Dying and Appreciate the Crap, Foul Wisdom: Identifying the Turkeys and Eagles in your Organization and Life, A third illustrated book on her PTSD poem, Silent Scream, is currently in production. Dr. Seahorn’s TED Talk on post-traumatic stress can be viewed on the left.



Bonus: What is BrainSpotting 

In reflecting on my life thus far, I now realize it is my life purpose to support and inspire people in waking up (being conscious and present). Learning to intentionally stay connected to self, relationships and community keeps us all moving toward well-being and a fully enlivened life.

~ Cherie Lindberg

Cherie Lindberg

Cherie Lindberg, the owner of Get Connected Counseling & Consulting, LLC, has been in the counseling field for more than 20 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Brainspotting Trainer & Consultant. She is also certified in Imago Relationship Therapy and trained in EMDR.

She is one of the founders of Midwest Brainspotting Institute a nonprofit dedicated toward Brainspotting education and programs to serve the community to understand mind/body relational therapies

Her specialties include performance enhancement, life transitions, personal growth, anxiety disorders, marital therapy, stress management, PTSD, and ego state therapy.

“In reflecting on my life thus far, I now realize it is my life purpose to support and inspire people in waking up (being conscious and present). Learning to intentionally stay connected to self, relationships and community keeps us all moving toward well-being and a fully enlivened life. It is very exciting and uplifting to see people heal and become fully alive again.”

Cherie brings her wisdom and effective therapy called Brainspotting to the mainstream market to help heal those afflicted with PTS and other restrictive and disabling results from traumatic experiences. She offers the option to get inside of yourself to make the changes necessary for long term sustainable healing from these experiences.

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