Trauma is Subjective

Staff Perspectives

Recognizing that trauma is subjective, and believing people who have experienced trauma, is the foundation to providing trauma informed care. There are many benefits to providing trauma-informed care, both professionally and personally. Trauma-informed care is a proactive approach to safety, creates opportunities for choice, power, and control, and reduces the possibility of re-traumatization. Understanding that trauma is subjective means that just because you didn’t or wouldn’t experience trauma from a particular situation, doesn’t mean that somebody else didn’t or wouldn’t. Before we continue to talk about the subjectiveness of trauma, let’s first agree on a definition for trauma. Licensed Therapist …

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How do we get off the couch?

Staff Perspectives

Written by Emily Brown Creative Arts Coordinator, Dance & A Moving Experience Community Arts Connection A daily routine. For me it began at Community Arts Connection on Elmwood Avenue at 7:30am. A cup of coffee and a banana while saying good morning to people as they arrived and checking my e-mail. A 9:15am dance class and 11:15am lunch, probably salad with tuna. A quick game of UNO in the kitchen and afternoon class until 2pm. Then came another cup of coffee, computer time and on Tuesdays and Thursdays a 4pm workout. Sometimes this schedule could be upwards of 4 hours …

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Stress, Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and COVID-19: What You Can Do Right Now to Best Support Your Team

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Written by: Elissa Strassman, RDN, CDN As you can imagine stress right now, is at an all-time high. We are experiencing a crisis, one that for many of us could never imagine. It may be bringing up many mixed emotions as we deal with adapting to a new way of living, working, coping with all that is happening around us, and fear for the health and safety of our self, our loved ones, people we support, the community, and life as we know it in the future ahead. People may be experiencing trauma for the first time It may be …

What exactly is neurodiversity?

Staff Perspectives

Hello, my name is Nicholas Forgue. I am a high functioning autistic man diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. In the past few years there has been a lot of talk about neurodiversity, especially in circles concerned with disability rights. As someone on the spectrum I feel it is important for people to understand what exactly neurodiversity is and why they have become hot topics in the realm of modern activism. What is neurodiversity? According to psychologist Thomas Armstrong, neurodiversity is variation within the brain regarding sociability, learning, and mental functions. Since the 1980s saw an increase in the diagnosis of autism …

The importance of educating medical residents

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It is with open arms that Kim Rinehart, former Director of Community Arts Connection (CAC), welcomes medical residents from UR Medicine’s Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC) intern community rotation program. CAC supports adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) with a focus on arts programming.  Between one and six medical residents visit the day service location in Brighton at a time. Residents are required to attend a variety of different local community programs to spend time anywhere a patient might receive services, for example a homeless shelter or CAC.   What do the residents learn while visiting? When residents arrive …

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Dealing with grief this holiday season

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The holidays are such a joyous time and we have to remember that it isn’t always joyous for everyone. I lost my mom a little over a year ago and it is still a hard thing to grasp around my head.  Grieving the loss of a loved one is a deep and difficult challenge at any time. But the holiday season can magnify your sense of loss and mourning. Family gatherings and seasonal events can be painful reminders of the absence of a loved one. At the same time, they can also be comforting rituals where you spend time with …

A career in Human Services

Staff Perspectives

Jeanette Dohner is currently employed at Ballantyne as a Team Leader and has been employed at the Arc of Monroe for 24 years! Starting at the Penfield house doing overnights then moving to a more traditional schedule. She even helped coordinate the house’s vacations. Jeanette eventually went back to school at MCC and Brockport where she earned an AAS in Human Services, a minor in Geriatrics, and started working on a BA in Recreation.  After this she began her role as Medical Liaison for three years. After being stricken with cancer she dropped down to a direct support position. Later …

Clinic Manager appreciates colleagues

Staff Perspectives

Terra Heigl’s first job after graduating college in 1985 was as a Residential Manager with the Arc of Monroe, supporting people living at the Gorsline residence run by our agency. After almost four years in that position she transitioned to be Vocational Counselor at the Ridge Center sheltered employment program. Always desiring to do more, she made the move to our Article 16 Clinic as a Rehabilitation Counselor, and was in that position for close to 20 years.  At the clinic she was also a Treatment Coordinator for five years, and in February 2019 received a promotion to Clinic Manager. …

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37 years at the Arc of Monroe

Staff Perspectives

Pam Furr is a wealth of knowledge having worn many hats over the 37 years she’s worked for the Arc of Monroe. This means she has seen the agency grow over time, along with the people we support.  She truly admires the mission of the agency and how it serves our community. In her very first position in the Diagnostic Vocational Evaluation department she met a lot of people and enjoyed how they would often stop by to say hello. Her small department had fun and laughed a lot. Over the years Pam has enjoyed her colleagues, supervisors, and teams …

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Dreams really do come true

Staff Perspectives

As children, we grow up with goals and dreams, not knowing anything about where life’s path might take us, but excited for the journey.  Traditionally, for some, the dream is to be a pro-athlete, invent something or travel the world, for others to be a doctor or a lawyer, or to own a business of their own. As we get older, moving through realities and obstacles, we come head to head with challenges that can make achieving those goals and dreams more difficult than we might have ever imagined.  We find support from family and friends, mentors and teachers and …