Bradley-Ball- Restoring Life After Sexual Trauma – Melissa (Miss)



Bradley-Ball- Restoring Life After Sexual Trauma – Melissa (Miss)


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Melissa (Missy) Bradley-Ball
5 Hours 41 Minutes
Audio and Video
Aug 06, 2012


Take it Back: Restoring Strength After Sexual Trauma 

Sexual trauma is a seismic event which impacts the person emotionally, somatically, cognitively, spiritually, and philosophically. Someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes—both male and females in the United States. An overwhelming number will experience this trauma sometime in their lifetime, with age five being the most common age for assault. Most victims do not get help for years following, and even those who do undergo counseling will likely experience some trauma reactivation during adulthood. Victims who go untreated statistically have higher rates of depression, anxiety, cardio-vascular disease, are more likely to smoke, struggle with addictions, and experience more than average relationship challenges and low immune function. Essentially, they have lost the vital qualities of life.

Help your clients take their lives back! This recording is a resilience-based, multi-modal approach using evidence-based models to help late adolescent and adult sexual trauma victims reclaim and restore their lives. Many common sexual trauma approaches miss several of the essential and most complicating factors and often cause people to regress and identify more strongly with their trauma. Attendees will learn a holistic and post-traumatic growth approach so trauma work doesn’t have to be more painful than it inherently is. This recording focuses on strengths—not pathology—and uses a healing perspective versus a curing perspective.



Foundational Essentials of Trauma

Levels of Functioning

  • Victim
  • Survivor
  • Thriver
  • What are the developmental needs at each level?
  • Immediate treatment vs. treatment decades later

Understanding the Progression of Sexual Assault: The Impact on the Complexity of Trauma 

  • Identification of “potholes” and best approaches to deal with them
  • Trauma imprints and their complications
  • Trauma rituals 
  • How to redirect the ritual
  • Themis—the often-hidden PRIMARY trauma
  • Trauma composites—recognizing and dismantling
  • Somatic, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, sensory details
  • Sexual trauma activation over the course of a lifespan
  • Developmental (possible) “flare up” times
    • Pregnancy
    • Surgery
    • Developmental stages
    • Loss
  • Medical reactivation of sexual trauma

Treatment Interventions with Individuals and Couples

  • Assessing strengths and deficits of Post-Traumatic Growth
  • Which approach? Group, couple, individual, or family? When? How?
  • Setting up Resources
    • Somatic grounding—creating safety and resetting natural survival responses
    • Energy psychology approaches
    • Cognitive-behavioral approaches and creation of positive portfolios
    • “Preparing the team”—assembling the internal team
    • Utilizing external supports as assistants—spouse/partner, family, and friends
    • Reclaiming the ability for intimacy
    • Making Sense and Meaning
      • The heroic journey resilience narrative
      • Utilizing movies and literature as resources
      • Assisting the client to incorporate resources from their spiritual tradition
      • Memories: micro or macro—titrating pain and incorporating the narrative 

Special Areas and Considerations of Sexual Trauma

  • Dissociation
  • Addictions
  • Axis II
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
  • Sex trafficking
  • High-profile media cases 

Discussion of Adjunct Therapies

  • Bodywork: Breema, Reiki, massage, acupuncture, and more
  • Appropriate timing of encouraging other resources


Melissa (Missy) Bradley-Ball, MS, NCC, BCETS, FAAETS, Related seminars and products: 3

Melissa (Missy) Bradley-Ball, MS, NCC, BCETS, FAAETS, is a nationally recognized clinical educator, corporate consultant, family mediator, and author with over 37 years of experience as a psychotherapist, providing individual, group, and family therapy. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Her extensive EMDR training (Level I, II, and specialized protocols) helped her become a trailblazer in the field of sexual trauma through a Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth model and she often trains personnel at medical/mental health agencies, universities, school systems, and other facilities. An in-demand Child Sexual Abuse Investigator, expert court witness, and subject matter expert on sexual assault with the Pentagon, Mrs. Bradley-Ball has conducted seminars for more than 300,000 medical, behavioral health, law enforcement, educators, clergy, and military personnel, as well as members of the public throughout the U.S., Canada, and Central America. She was a primary speaker for the first National Conference on Post-Traumatic Growth in 2011. 

Her frequent keynote addresses at regional and national conferences – as well as television and radio news broadcasts – have won her the Scripps Howard Award for Broadcasting Excellence, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and numerous other accolades. She is currently working on a PBS special about the heroic journey of children healing from divorce. 


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Melissa Bradley-Ball is the owner of The Omnibus Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Melissa Bradley-Ball is a member of the American Counseling Association. She is a Fellow and Diplomate for American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

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