Beyond the Trauma Vortex
The Media's Role in Healing Fear, Terror, and Violence
Publication Date: April 2003
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In Beyond the Trauma Vortex, Gina Ross proposes a collaboration between the media, trauma researchers, and helping officials in order to break the vicious cycle of trauma and violence. The media, Ross suggests, can use their tremendous influence to promote peace rather than violence and to heal wounded psyches, communities, and nations. Delving first into the destructive nature of the "trauma vortex" through a variety of individual and historical examples, Ross then offers her insight into an alternate, restorative "healing vortex." By focusing on the interrelatedness of personal and collective healing, the author makes a compelling case for why—and how—media professionals can play an influential role in effecting widespread healing for their viewers and for themselves.
Peter A. Levine received his Ph.D. in medical and biological physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a doctorate in psychology from International University. During his 35-year study of stress and trauma, he has contributed to scientific and medical publications and served as consultant for NASAs space shuttle program. He has taught at the Hopi Guidance Center and at hospitals and pain clinics throughout the world. Dr. Levine is currently a consultant for the Pain Rehabilitation Center in Boulder, Colorado. He is the coauthor, with Ann Frederick, of Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma.
Peter G. Levine - Peter G. Levine is co-director of the Neuromotor Recovery and Rehabilitation Laboratory, and a researcher with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cincinnati Academic Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Levine has been involved in stroke-specific rehabilitation research for almost a decade and has been published in journals and magazines, including the National Stroke Association, "StrokeSmart". Levine also writes a monthly column in "Advance for Physical Therapists" and conducts workshops throughout the US in the area of stroke rehabilitation and neuroplasticity.