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Bear Psychology Podcast

Dr. Anna Baranowsky is a Canadian Clinical Psychologist, CEO of the Traumatology Institute, Founder and President of the Board at Trauma Practice. She is the author of two books on trauma, numerous courses to help train professionals in trauma mental health and the developer of the Trauma Recovery Program for Self-Guided trauma care. She works with trauma survivors and those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on post-traumatic growth and recovery.

Through her work she believes that when we share, dialogue and feel supported, it provides a powerful foundation for forward movement in our understanding and the care needed. In her own words "I have found that the most profound changes occur when a person truly feels heard and understood - I like to think of it as deeply BEARING WITNESS to life evolving. We can feel incredibly stuck when we live with our fears, stressors and troubles in isolation."

Dr.Baranowsky is the host of the Bear Psychology Show, focusing on bearing witness to Evolving Mood, Mind, Health. Her talks revolve around recovery, relationships, work and life adventures.

She is dedicated to assisting organizations and health professionals who help trauma survivors to ensure a trauma informed lens of care can grow in community health networks. With that vision in 1998, the Traumatology Institute Canada (TIC) was established. TIC has trained thousands of individuals nationally and internationally.

Dr. Baranowsky serves on the board of directors of the Academy of Traumatology and is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is recognized by The National Center for Crisis Management. She has published in the area of Post-Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and therapeutic relationships (the Silencing Response).

Copyright:  Dr. Anna Baranowsky, 2020

Apr 11, 2020

We addressed the impact on first responders/front line workers everywhere with two experts Dr. Brad Lindell of NC-CM and AAETS ( ) and Daniel McGuire of CISM Perspectives (
These include emergency room staff, doctors, nurses, clinicians, mental health practitioners, pharmacy staff, grocery staff, those still serving food/drinks, maintenance people, construction workers, and all the people out there showing up to help us continue to function, live, and deal with the demands of this world right now.

This is an incredibly demanding time, those on the front line are seeing things and experiencing struggles that cannot be compared with anything that has come before. There are strong feelings of fear, uncertainty, anger, frustration, grief, confusion and more.

I realize that the struggles will continue beyond the end of the Pandemic for those who remain distressed over what they have witnessed, experienced, lost and fought during this time. This will start to show weeks, months and years after the impact.

For now, I believe we all need to be part of the conversation and try to help in ways that allow for open dialogue and figuring out what helps most.

There are many things that we know make a difference in managing the daily stressors that you might find useful from the resource link page HERE 

I will be adding to it regularly with updated materials, suggestions and ideas.

Whichever organization you belong to, it would be good to create virtual Town Halls where those on the front line can address their issues and inform those in roles of management.
There is so much that is unknown and so much that front line workers need to teach us in order for those in positions of leadership can make the best choices to address the overarching demands and needs during this time of crisis.
We all need to listen and stay connected, even when we are physically distant.