Podcast – Episode 0305 – The Enneagram Prison Project Part 1 (With Susan Olesek)

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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk with the founder of the Enneagram Prison Project Susan Olesek about her work, passion, and mission to help people heal in one of the hardest places to do healing work.

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  • Michael (A.A)
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    Lovely podcast on someone who’s doing a lot of good for society! I thought I’d share some resources and ideas here for those dealing with trauma, whether with yourself or someone you care about, to add to the conversation. I find society finds talking about trauma uncomfortable, but I’m willing to talk about it.

    1. The website traumahealed is a favorite of mine when you’re introduced to how to heal from trauma.
    2. Look up the types of trauma, since more people have PTSD than commonly thought since some types of trauma aren’t taken as seriously. Emotional and sexual abuse may not be taken seriously as physical abuse. Emotional and physical neglect is even more ignored.
    3. Look up Dr. Pete Walker’s website on a lot of introductory information as well as his books if that’s your choice on Complex PTSD – A type of PTSD which is often seen in childhood and domestic abuse, not just soldiers or the police force which is a misconception, that is, a traumatic event that lasts for a long term period, compared to surviving a car accident for example, which is for only a moment.
    4. Other bestselling trauma books such as, “The Body Keeps The Score,” or “Getting Past Your Past,” also seems to help.
    5. I find along with the usual prescribed CBT, mindfulness emphasized therapies such as ACT or DBT can also help. “The Mindful Way Through Depression,” is another example of a book that focuses on mindfulness specifically made for those with serious mental illnesses. Several workbooks for these therapies also exist in many bookstores. The meditation website Wildmind, may be to your interest, as well as all the mindfulness resources you can look up online.

    Bonus : Look up “trauma books,” online for other possible choices to your reading list. Looking up PTSD or CPTSD on Youtube might also be another helpful thing to do.

    Thank you for reading. I hope this short message can be spread to many people to inform others on how unexpectedly common these horrible experiences are.

  • Grant
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    Excellent project, this is a great example of the kind of reform we need in our society. Traumatised children end up in prison to be further punished and further broken It doesn’t get any easier when they leave prison to be further shamed with a criminal record that blocks employment and housing, and blocks being given an opportunity to be a functioning and accepted member of society. It is saddening we cannot catch the broken cycle so that the traumatised are suitably prepared to give their own kids a better chance.

    Enjoyed your TED talk too, and you reference some good works (ACE’s and the trauma work of Bessel van der Kolk). Curious how we get society to face up to its own shadow…as you say, both sides of the bars are responsible if we are to move forward constructively and compassionately. In the UK I think we would benefit from a healthier and more honest perspective about what criminalisation is (rather than see it bluntly as good people vs bad people).

  • Marjorie
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    This is such an amazing initiative! I can’t wait for next week’s podcast to see the other interview. I hope this gets out more and she’s able to spread her prison coaching to other parts of the world.

    Thanks Joel And Antonia for sharing this awesome project with us!

  • James
    Reply

    I’d like to see her do this work with veteran’s that are coming back from combat and need help dealing with PTSD and either commiting crimes, suicide, divorce, or homelessness.

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