Pamela’s Trotman’s social work career began in Redfern over 50 years ago. She has worked in a range of settings from child protection to mental health, taking her on many journeys of healing alongside trauma survivors including the Stolen Generations, refugees and those experiencing family violence and sexual abuse. It is these experiences as well as her own journey of recovery from child sexual abuse and multiple traumatic losses, that has inspired Pamela’s new book ‘Triumphing Over Trauma: Journeys Beyond Woundedness”.
It is a pleasure to have her back on the show, after our first interview in 2017 to talk about her own experience of personal and family trauma and how it has inspired her first book.
In episode 33 of ‘Talk the Walk’, we explore:
- The journey of writing a book as a wounded healer for the traumatically wounded
- The nature of Pam’s personal and family tragedies, and the realisations that informed her understanding of the impact of trauma and what truly matters in recovery
- What is traumatic wounding and the seven forms of traumatic wounding
- The capacity for the brain to heal and factors that promote trauma recovery
- The metaphor of crossing the bridge and how family members can help their traumatised loved ones take that first step to get help
- Finding other forms of justice when legal justice is not an option
- The case study of Joanna, a young Aboriginal woman who found her voice, to heal from child sexual abuse
- The role of the therapist in walking alongside people in triumphing trauma, as enrichment rather than depletion
Things to follow up after the episode
Noah Publishing – where to purchase ‘Triumphing over Trauma: Journeys beyond woundedness”
Pamela Trotman author and social worker on Facebook
Contact Pamela Trotman firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out Pam’s other interview on ‘Talk the Walk’