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Families don’t get much attention during or after a trauma, but the weight of the experience affects them incredibly hard. Learning how to cope and sustain each other can be critical to how a family moves through a trauma and on with the rest of life.
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Michele’s parents, Eileen and Gary, offered her tremendous support both during and after her trauma, and then through over two decades of PTSD. They are very excited that their daughter is now a whole lot nicer to be around, laughs more often and more genuinely, sleeps through the night and can be depended on to follow through with family plans and events. Most of all, they are ecstatic that Michele has found peace inside herself and freedom from PTSD. They are most proud of the fact that no matter how bad things got they never gave up on her.
Casey Smart is an LCSW and the Clinical Supervisor of the Behavioral Health Program at Columbia Hospital. Casey says, “I’ve been a passionate about helping others since I was a young child growing up in a family of 7. My siblings and I learned to take care of each other. I received my Bachelors in Social Work from University of California, Berkeley in 1980 and my Master’s Degree in Social Work at San Diego State University in 1986. I hold a License in California and Florida as a LCSW. Currently, I am the Clinical Supervisor of the Behavioral Health Pavilion at Columbia Hospital in West Palm Beach. My work with Trauma Survivors has been in Hospital, Residential and Intensive Outpatient settings with children, adults and adolescents in the most acute phase; helping patients and their families to stabilize the crisis and develop a plan for immediate intervention and safety. I believe everyone has had trauma in their life and experienced symptoms of trauma therefore can benefit from learning coping strategies and healing.”
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