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Episode 174 - Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson: Post-Traumatic Growth and Moments of Resonance: Narratives on Ebola in West Africa

Monday, August 31, 2015, 8:09:41 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson describes the systemic impact of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. She articulates what she is learning about post-traumatic growth as part of the narrative for both individuals and larger systems as they make meaning of their experiences.

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Average Rating: 5stars   honoring the growth from stress, Sunday, February 12, 2017

By Kwasi Boaitey :

Dr. Yabome research points squarely to helping professionals moving toward a context of trusting the survivor’s narrative through a holistic lens. Recognizing the duality of stress and growth from a fuller socio-cultural perspective as Dr. Yabomes research points to, provides pathways to recognizing post traumatic growth. Post traumatic growth has the ability to move the collective consciousness toward what is possible while understanding and honoring what has happened.

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Average Rating: 5stars  relevance of post-traumatic growth and resonance to social work, Sunday, January 31, 2016

By K. Lopian :

In episode 174, Dr. Gilpin-Jackson offers a well-rounded perspective on the systemic impacts of the decimating Ebola epidemic as well as recommendations for the international community and the field of social work regarding growth after trauma and using a holistic developmental lens when working to prevent similar crises in the future.

Dr. Gilpin-Jackson’s research on post-traumatic growth and resonance is extremely useful to social work professionals at the UB SSW, as we are taught to employ a strengths-based perspective. Her recognition that trauma survivors can exhibit post traumatic stress symptoms while also having the potential to acknowledge their past yet live in the present and plan for a future is refreshing and provides hope to both practitioners and trauma survivors. Dr. Gilpin-Jackson offers the suggestion that this aspect of resonance often occurs in the context of trust and disclosure. Based on this element, Dr. Gilpin-Jackson recommends practitioners strive to hold a holistic view of trauma and be open to the full spectrum of outcomes trauma survivors may have, including growth.

Lastly, Dr. Gilpin-Jackson explains our responsibilities as members of the global community. She described how the global news coverage of the Ebola epidemic reinforced stereotypical notions of Africa that were not relevant or helpful to the crises experienced as a result of Ebola. For example, Dr. Gilpin-Jackson mentioned the importance of recognizing that Africa is made up of various countries with different cultures and the people represent more than a disease and poverty. She discusses the importance of outside countries determining how to best support African countries in crisis in order to build their capacity. This more macro-level concept of capacity building is applicable to individual clients as well, because as practitioners, social workers should aim to assist a client in using his existing resources and building the skills to help himself.

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