Glenn R. Schiraldi, Ph.D., Lt. Colonel (US Army Reserve, Retired), is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and a Vietnam-era veteran. He holds graduate degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Maryland, and has served on the stress management faculties at the Pentagon, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and the University of Maryland School of Public Health. He has trained mental health professionals and laypersons—including high-risk groups such as the military, police, and firefighters—on stress, trauma, and resilience.
Glenn is the founder of Resilience Training International, which teaches how to prevent and recover from stress-related conditions such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety, while optimizing mental health and performance under pressure. An eternally-grateful convert of 47 years, Glenn serves in a young single adult branch presidency and, with his wife, leads the Addiction Recovery Program in his stake in Florida.
02:40 Kurt introduces Glenn and the topic of childhood trauma.
05:15 Glenn shares his background and conversion story.
08:25 Glenn explains what he does and what led him to write many books and create courses to help people with their mental health.
11:30 Childhood wounds and how they affect people who are religious versus non religious
13:50 The original ten adverse childhood experiences that cause wounds that people carry into adulthood
16:00 Unresolved pain leads people to drugs and pornography. Unresolved childhood wounds can manifest physically or spiritually.
18:50 How can a leader be a resource to those struggling with childhood wounds and lead them in the right direction to find healing?
20:30 How memories are imprinted on us
23:30 We need a deeper, more dynamic approach to healing childhood trauma. It’s important to find a therapist that is a trauma specialist.
27:00 Glenn explains Accelerated Resolution Therapy, known as ART. This is a fairly new form of therapy that is very effective for helping people with trauma.
34:30 Leaders can encourage people to write out their feelings. Expressive writing and journaling can benefit people trying to deal with old trauma that don’t want to talk about it.
40:00 God is the ultimate attachment figure and his love is the ultimate answer to shame.
45:00 According to research it’s a myth that religion adds to more shame. Religion can cause guilt. Religion is the answer to guilt.
48:50 Big T trauma and small t trauma
51:50 Do most issues come from childhood trauma?
54:45 Coping with trauma by perfectionism and overachieving. They try to overcompensate.
58:00 Latter-day Saint people tend to be overachievers. Most overachievers were adaptive and they like it. Others have fear-driven overachievement.
1:01:00 We don’t have to suffer for decades. A lot of times we just need to learn certain skills to overcome. Take the time to find the right therapist.
1:03:20 A good leader loves the people as Christ did.
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Recovery Workbook
Glenn R. Schiraldi books
Accelerated Resolution Therapy
Resilience Training International
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