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A Study of the Emotional Impacts of an Arrest on CPTSD

BLINDSPOTS:  REPORT ON WHATCOM COUNTY JAIL TRAUMA STUDY

This podcast is the 1st in a series about what really happens to people who get arrested. I did the research as President of the Restorative Community Coalition.  I had been striving to figure out why the top three law enforcement officials in our County kept pushing the taxpayers to pass a massive tax to build an even more massive jail when crime rates had been dropping dramatically.  It made no logical sense.  More on this in another post.

Regarding the ethnographic research study: I decided to interview people (53) who who had been arrested and went through the Whatcom County Jail and Justice System from beginning to end. Some were still dealing with it. These were people I had helped through court navigation, or had worked with in our educational sessions, or had coached about their situation.  I wanted to know in deeper depth what really happened to them from the beginning to the end – so that we could learn what was the matter with the system from the bottoms up.

Everybody else was seeing “system reform” from the top down – and it wasn’t working.  How does it look from the bottom of the barrel?

So this podcast talks about the people I interviewed and how I did the study.  These first interviews gave me pause, and caused me to interview another 26 who were friends, family, employers, criminal defense attorneys. There were employees of the system – police, defenders, prosecutors, clerks and other staff, jailers, emergency responders, hospital and mental health providers, and investigative writers. There were people of diverse demographics, education and financial class.

Of the 79 people, all were deeply concerned about the system. Nobody really wanted to go into the emotional heavy lifting – but each was willing to do it for the purpose of hoping they could help fix it. These were not easy conversations – for the subject is emotionally traumatizing to talk about for all of us.

  • I found out that it is deeply disturbing to the soul. So nice people want to avoid the conversation.
  • It is distasteful.  It is cruel and ugly.  It is unspeakable in many ways.
  • It boggles the mind that we are doing this in the 21st century when we have other options.
  • I found out that people who get arrested go through dramatic arrest shock and jail trauma that causes deep mental, physical and emotional distress – people cannot comprehend what just happened to them.
  • And it happens before they ever even get to 1st Appearance. Before they meet any Public Defender, before bail. There is no safety zone at all.But I get ahead of myself…this 1st podcast is simply to introduce why I did the work. Below is the chart that emerged afterwards.

    In future podcasts, I will explain more…

DVD: CHOICEPOINT – UNITING CREATIVES WITH LOVE & VITALITY

Joy Gilfilen is the creator of The Joy Method and host of JoyTalks a podcast series for personal, business or civic leadership education. Joy has been an entrepreneur for over four decades, and has developed The Joy Method for helping others achieve quantum leadership excellence while living in world that is under high stress, compressed pressure and accelerated change. Joy is a speaker, author, producer and especially loves to help people succeed who are striving to change their world!

Shawn Gallaway presents an extraordinary and highly personal concert where he tells the story of his evolution from a young boy growing up in a family that expected him to excel in sports and business into a man who discovered he was an artist instead.  So it is a singing story of his life, as he moved from one transition of life to another as he evolved into a nationally recognized and internationally known troubadour!  He is a singer, songwriter and artist who pioneered conscious music, and transformational music helping to bring peace to the world!

Joy Gilfilen as the host and executive producer of this concert invited Shawn to share his process as a leadership artisan growing up, for it is a story of perseverance, manhood, and emotional maturation in a time where many feel that artisans are “less than” – when in fact, artisans are the true emotional leaders of change.

Shawn performs several of the songs he has written and performed for some of the other master teachers of our time.  One of his signature songs is I Choose Love – which has earned many awards!

“No one shall be given a sword until they know how to dance.” – Ancient Celtic wisdom.

This powerful one-day workshop is by Joy Gilfilen, in tandem with Shawn Gallaway, a transformational healing artist, singer and songwriter from Nashville. Shawn has trained all over the world, and is skilled in the performance arts and in facilitating gender reconciliation and restoration workshops. He does men’s and women’s relationship work as well as cultural work with trauma recovery and deep conflict resolution.

– Move beyond old relationship and leadership patterns, myths, beliefs and projections into equality and the sharing of power.

– Sit in circles of men, circles of women and combined circles to share, listen and learn from each other and to communicate and hold space with respect, honor and dignity

– Exceptional for those who desire to heal the deep wounds of patriarchal/matriarchal/oligarchal conditioning between men/women/leaders

– Experience honoring and celebrating our unique differences and gifts, embracing diversity, creating equality, safety and trust in today’s relationships while becoming aware of the balanced Divine Femine and Divine Masculine energies within

Shawn will be here for a concert the night before and will be working with his friend, Joy Gilfilen to facilitate this workshop. It is an ideal workshop for anyone wanting to identify, integrate and then tap into their profound divine intelligence to get better results in their lives. And it is especially good for people who are activists, leaders, or entrepreneurs seeking to find their way, or to blaze their trails in a challenged world.

Come join us! The all-day workshop fee is $100 and you can register by clicking here, or message Joy Gilfilen on FB. A limited number of scholarships are available upon request if you can demonstrate your desire/need and the space is available.

Bring your own lunch because we will stay in circle for the entire day.

Shawn has trained and performed with trailblazing masters such as Gregg Braden, Bruce Lipton, Robert Holden and many other spiritual teachers and healing artists. He has produced theme songs for many of the Hay House authors…and one of his featured songs on You Tube “I Choose Love” has garnered over a million hits. Shawn has produced multiple CD’s and DVD’s – including ChoicePoint – a concert CD produced at the Muse. He has performed for International Peace Day in London, and all over the world, especially serving the Unitarian, CSL, Unity and similar fellowships.

Please come join us…it will be life-changing, memorable, healing, provocative and inspiring. You will meet a whole different kind of joy..(pun intended). Our world will be a better place that you will have linked your inner masculine and your inner feminine inside to an understanding of what is happening in the world around you.

Join Shawn Gallaway live in Bellingham at “Joy’s Freedom Concert”! He will be performing songs from his new “Freedom Cries – Restoring Sacred Manhood” album, plus other inspiring songs and theme songs. He has written and performed theme songs for trailblazing organizations like New Energy Movement, Unify, InterPlay and for Hay House authors like Gregg Braden and Robert Holden among others! Shawn will be premiering the “Joy Riders” freedom song for Joy Gilfilen, host of the new online civic leadership platform – JoyTalk!

From Nashville, Shawn Gallaway is an internationally known singer-songwriter, visual artist, author, screenwriter, ceremonial healer, workshop facilitator and energy worker. Shawn has six CDs, two DVDs and a screenplay to his credit, including “ChoicePoint – Uniting Creatives with Love and Vitality” filmed and produced locally here at the Conway Muse! Shawn has been a local supporter of the Restorative Community Coalition’s drive for jail reform, sustainability and social justice.

Shawn’s “I Choose Love” song, music video and global movement continues to encircle millions the world over, igniting the hearts of people everywhere to consciously move with Love in their lives.

Shawn recently released his CD “Freedom Cries – Restoring Sacred Manhood” along with his new single and video “Let’s Play”and the CD “On The Way” which includes the theme song for www.Unify.org!

Shawn has shared the stage with authors Gregg Braden, Bruce Lipton, Robert Holden, and with rock and pop masters Orleans & Friends. Shawn has also had the high honor of being present for the showing of his I Choose Love music video during the bestowing of the 2009 International Freedom Award by the National Civil Rights Museum to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. World and social change leaders like Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and activist Archbishop Emeritus Desmund Tutu have also embraced the song I Choose Love, reaffirming in their own mission its spirit and calling.

Saturday, Shawn will be teaming up with Joy Gilfilen to produce the “Leadership and the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine” Workshop from 9-5 PM at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship. Sunday he will be performing “I Choose Love” – an international hit – at Unity Spiritual Center during their morning service.

Friday Concert Tickets – $20 at the door.
CD’s and DVD’s will be available – $20

BUY NOW to reserve your ticket!

Focusing on Healing Trauma, Inspiring Recovery, Education

RECLAIM LIVES is a short public relations video produced for the Restorative Community Coalition.  Our goal was to encapsulate what the Coalition does for the community in common terms.  It shows especially why restorative justice and reentry solutions must include many different levels of recovery services.

This video was produced in tandem with some most extraordinary students from Western Washington University and with the help of volunteers at the Restorative Community Coalition.

ChoicePoint: Uniting Creatives with Love &Vitality

Shawn Gallaway presents an extraordinary and highly personal concert where he tells the story of his evolution from a young boy growing up in a family that expected him to excel in sports and business into a man who discovered he was an artist instead.  So it is a singing story of his life, as he moved from one transition of life to another as he evolved into a nationally recognized and internationally known troubadour!  He is a singer, songwriter and artist who pioneered conscious music, and transformational music helping to bring peace to the world!

Joy Gilfilen as the host and executive producer of this concert invited Shawn to share his process as a leadership artisan growing up, for it is a story of perseverance, manhood, and emotional maturation in a time where many feel that artisans are “less than” – when in fact, artisans are the true emotional leaders of change.

Shawn performs several of the songs he has written and performed for some of the other master teachers of our time.  One of his signature songs is I Choose Love – which has earned many awards!

Simple Tools for Building Emotional Resilience To Take Control of Your Life

This is a tool for self-leadership and personal achievement specifically designed for youth, coaches, and storytellers to understand the power of learning to convert the emotion of fear “from” into joy “to” achieve a better outcome. Introducing the Joy Triangle Model as a tool for understanding how fear impacts your emotional resilience levels and how you can do emotional pivoting immediately to change your personal capacity to create joy and energy in your life instead.  In this training platform, people learn how to use this visual diagram to change their emotional state “on a dime” as they say.

Triangulating fear and converting it into an emotionally powerful joy response.

In this DVD, and in the subsequent trainings, please learn how to:

1)  Recognize fear emotions

2)  ‘StoryTrap’ their emotional reactions so they can reverse their reaction

3)  Notice their fastest method to divert fear energy in the body so it can be transformed into personal power

4)  Leverage the “story” reactivity into and a “curiosity” or leadership response to maximize the power of the reaction

5)  Then, set your vision to what you want to achieve and live into that – searching for the opportunity in the situation.

These five methods are ways you can help yourself with immediate self-intervention to turn fear into courageous and innovative action.  This allow people ways that they can shift their energy and focus under stress so they be increase their performance by maximizing their personal power of leverage.

 

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