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Empathy: Understanding People Experiencing Homelessness

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Transcript of Empathy: Understanding People Experiencing Homelessness

Empathy: Understanding People Experiencing Homelessness
The Light of Hope & Recovery
“An ability to understand another’s frame of reference and the conviction that it is worthwhile to do so."
Miller & Rollnick
Empathy
Loss of the American Dream
"The belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society where upward mobility is possible for everyone. The American dream is achieved through sacrifice, risk-taking and hard work, not by chance." -Investopedia
The Environment &
Relationships
Social Potential
Academic Potential
Economic Potential
Relational Potential
Homeostasis
“The tendency towards a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.” - Google Dictionary
Trauma – Intense stress that overwhelms our biological, psychological, and social capacity resulting in an existence dominated by the trauma

Passive Trauma – Being continuously overwhelmed by the trauma due to a lack of support needed to regain control

Complex Trauma – Repeated systematic trauma that occurs over time
Traumatic Event
Conception
EMPATHY IS NOT PITY
Trauma & Poverty
Trauma Symptoms
Biological
Constipation or diarrhea
Somatic pain
Disrupted sleep patterns
Alcohol abuse & dependence
Illicit drug use
Smoking
Ischemic heart disease (IHD)
Fetal death
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Liver disease
Decreased immune function
Decreased health-related quality of life
Fear & anxiety
Anger & rage
Psychological
Inability to focus
Learning disrupted
Short-term memory
Verbal memory
Narrative memory
Limited volition
Emotional instability
Nightmares
Diminished interest in everyday activities
Loss of positive point of view (self & world)
Depression
Suicide attempts
Deregulated emotional states
Disrupted personality development
Acestudy.org, 2014, Levin, 2004, Herman, 1997
Social
Risk for intimate partner violence
Multiple sexual partners
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Unintended pregnancies
Difficulty trusting others
Concern about burdening others with problems
Feelings of detachment
Attachment issues
Social withdrawal
Isolation
Lack of awareness of social cues
Unresolved Past
Suffering
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Additional Pain
and Suffering
Rapid Post-Traumatic Recovery
Relational Support

Community/Environmental Support

Internal Resources
The region of hell conceived of as a bottomless pit
Spiritual & emotional death
A wide or profound difference between people
-Campbell & Google Dictionary
Abyss
Light to Darkness
“Recovery can take place only within the context of relationships; it cannot occur in isolation. In her renewed connections with other people, the survivor re-creates the psychological faculties that were damaged or deformed by the traumatic experience.” – Judith Herman

Improved
Environment
Empathy &
Patience
Awareness & Control
What did you do?
Verse
What happened to you?
"The belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society where upward mobility is possible for everyone. The American dream is achieved through sacrifice, risk-taking and hard work, not by chance." -Investopedia
The High Ground
Scientific Economic Moral
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