Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Meditation Retreat with Arinna Weisman For Survivors of Trauma

Meditation Retreat with Arinna Weisman
For Survivors of Trauma

During this day we will support each other to open to love, wisdom and the other qualities of the heart that dissolve our suffering and confusion. By learning this practice together we give and receive the greatest of blessings; spiritual friendship.

As Survivors of trauma it is important for us to know we can create a safe space and give voice to how the day unfolds so there will be many opportunities to check in and receive support.

When: Saturday November 19th, 2011 9:30am – 2pm

Where: 470 27th St Oakland, Ca 94612

Cost: $5-50

There will be ½ hour lunch break, please bring lunch with you.

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Arinna Weisman has studied Insight Meditation for 30 years. She teaches in the lineage of the Great Burmese master U Bha Khin and was empowered to teach by Ruth Denison. Arinna is the founding teacher of Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley in Easthampton, MA, and co-author of A Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation. She has been teaching since 1989. Her passion is building multicultural sanghas. She has spent many years learning how to meditate a a survivor of trauma.

Dvora Gordon from Survivorship will also be present at the workshop and available to Survivorship members if needed.

Dvora has been a member of Survivorship since 1998 and is a member of the Board of Directors.

People can also sign up at:

Frequency of dissociative identity disorder in the general population in Turkey Gamze Aky├╝z et al Comprehensive Psychiatry Volume 40, Issue 2, March-April 1999, Pages 151-159

This study attempted to determine the prevalence of dissociative identity disorder in the general population. The Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) was administered to 994 subjects in 500 homes who constituted a representative sample of the population of Sivas City, Turkey. The mean DES score was 6.7 ± 6.1 (mean ± SD). Of the 62 respondents who scored above 17 on the DES, 32 (51.6%) could be contacted during the second phase of the study. They were matched for age and gender with a group of respondents who scored below 10 on the scale, and the Dissociative Disorders Interview Schedule (DDIS) was then administered to both groups.

Seventeen subjects (1.7%) received a diagnosis of dissociative disorder according to the structured interview. In the third phase, eight of 17 subjects who had a dissociative disorder on the structured interview could be contacted for a clinical evaluation. They were matched with a nondissociative control group and interviewed by a clinician blind to the structured interview diagnosis.

Four of eight subjects were diagnosed clinically with dissociative identity disorder, yielding a minimum prevalence of 0.4%. Dissociative identity disorder is not rare in the general population. Self-rating instruments and structured interviews can be used successfully for screening these cases.

Our data, derived from a population with no public awareness about dissociative identity disorder and no exposure to systematic psychotherapy, suggest that dissociative identity disorder cannot be considered simply an iatrogenic artifact, a culture-bound syndrome, or a phenomenon induced by media influences.

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