A community is made up of famlies. A strong, healthy Community builds a network that is safety net that support families, in good and bad times. Communities that understand how to relate to eachother. Strong communities are educated in the Red Flags from adverse experiences & trauma and able to be supportive, understanding and provide resources for families facing crisis.
A strong community can identify famlies and offer a collaborative support of early intervention. By learning to identify the signs of someone in need of supportive services after trauma or crisis, the community develops skills to prevent the need of intervention.
A strong, healthy community helps families experiencing a crisis move through the temporary transitional phase. Then, they are restored as a productive part of the community.
The TRAUMA INFORMED options are research based interventions. Children and/or adults are identified with injury by a traumatic event, an adverse experience or some form of violent abuse. Left untreated mental health concerns can develop possibly with somatic symptoms and decreased cognative functioning.
There are specific Red Flags that cannot be identified without Trauma Informed training. If no one is trained in these signs, then no one sees the the pain and injury, and thus, no one provides any options for recovery.
The raw pain from the trauma injury develops into a wound such as the inability to cope, avoidance, anxiety, and/or decreased functioning in specific areas unique to the individual. Thus, the person’s situation has no choice, but to escalate until the help is identified.and given.
Each part of the community has a role, yet it is highly specialized professionals and their services that provided the intervention needed to move through the traumatic crisis and recover.
A team of Trauma-Informed professionals, agencies, organizations and other services uniquely combined and working in collaboration with first responders and a survivor advocate to ensure all services are set up and working to help the trauma survivor transition to a healthy life.
The Network is to ensure a SAFE transition to an empowered transformation beyond the traumatic victimized state.
Each trauma and individual are different, therefore the recovery is different. Thus, the effort focuses on finding the right resources for the unique recovery, and thus, is patient-centric.
Recovering & Empowering the Future of Family
All families & communities Face Crisis,and the GOAL is to navigate through the crisis.
Global Family Alliance works with communities to set up Family Alliance Networks (FANs). They build bridges between families in crisis and the resources within communities. The goal is a network collaboration to strengthen the effectiveness of the community. Without education, tools and support, a crisis can destroy a family. With the crisis level of addictions, trafficking, suicides, gang/mass shootings and violent abuses facing families, a strong collaborative effort in a community is required to solve these serious concerns.
FAN assists by educating early identification, intervention, and prevention. When a community understands the damage done by trauma, the stigma associated decreases. Education and training raises awareness about trauma bonding, moral injury, coercive control abuses and trauma informed interventions. Most importantly, FAN facilitates a grass roots effort to stop and prevent further damage to our families, and works to find answers and build stronger communities through collaboration and networking.
A person who has successfully survived crisis and trauma has a unique understanding of the experience. They can become a guide that builds a bridge between families facing trauma and the resources available to that trauma. This is a Family Survivor Advocate (Peer to Peer coach). A strong community is capable of helping families during crisis. A good government provides the tools to network the resources as a safety net to ensure the recovery and empowerment of the person, the family and the community.
A community that is divided, hates and operates with tactics of gaslighting, coercive control and bullying is not healthy, and can not help families in trouble. The community turns their back and turns a blind eye to families in crisis. They are not capable of providing the needed support to transition to recovery. They project hate and avoidance. The family isolates and has to escalate in order to receive help. Typically, the determined intervention is only for the symptom, the outard escalation, not the core causation, trauma. Thus, the “solution” is not a welcome. The intervention is not personally connected nor related to the family. As an outsider, the government, a hopsital or a courtroom solutions are forced, standardized “one size fits all” options. These approaches lack “buy in” and less effective.
The community, network collaboration approach allows for the family to recover back to healthy, empowered living. The traumatic cycle is broken. The reactive symtoms of defense are no longer needed for survival. Communities provide real help to stop the pain. Families return to be actively involved once again.
A few things that are now at crisis levels
“It appears that a majority of women [and men] who seek outside assistance because of partner abuse are victims of coercive control, a pattern of subjugation that has more in common with hostage-taking than the conventional picture of domestic violence.”
GLOBAL FAMILY ALLIANCE and its FAMILY ALLIANCE NETWORK are dedicated to promoting early detection and intervention for current rising cultural concerns, preventing family crisis that cause at-risk youth, and developing strong, empowered families within the community through advocacy, education, research and service.
ADDICTION & CO-DEPENDENCY
“Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence.” (psychiatry.org)
“The traditional definition of codependency has focused on control, nurturing, and maintenance of relationships with individuals who are chemically dependent, or engaging in undesirable behaviors, such as narcissism.” (psychologytoday.com)
“The havoc active addiction creates in families and relationships stresses everyone in these “systems”—parents, children, siblings, spouses, partners, close friends, etc. Active addiction destabilizes the home environment, disrupts family life and muddling relationships, and often compromises finances, as well as mental, emotional, and physical health. Without assistance and unless family members and significant others learn and practice how to do things differently, these effects can be chronic and long-term.” (psychologytoday.com)
“The current study confirms previous findings of a strong relationship between adverse childhood experience and subsequent substance use and poor mental health outcomes, particularly PTSD.” (ncbinlmhih.gov)
BULLYING & COERCIVE ABUSE
“Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions. The bullied individual typically has trouble defending him or herself and does nothing to “cause” the bullying.” (apa.org)
“Psychological abuse includes other verbal threats, intimidation, isolation, victim blaming, humiliation, control of daily activities and money, stalking (repeated unwanted contacts), and manipulation of children in order to demean or instill fear in an adult partner.” Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Second Edition), 2015
Coercive control is about power and control. It is a pattern of behaviour, a course of conduct, which occurs over time. It is strategic and aimed at creating co-dependency and utter domination. It can include isolation, exploitation, intimidation and/or threats or actual physical harm. The behaviour is insidious and undermines the victim’s sense of self. It is a form of hostage taking – an insidious ‘drip, drip, drip’. It can also include pseudo-caring behaviour and oftentimes the perpetrators are charming. They may charm their way into the victim’s life and once controlled, upend them.” (laurarichards.co.uk)
TRAFFICKING & CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
“Some of our most vulnerable children also face the threat of being victimized by commercial sexual exploitation. Runaways, throwaways, sexual assault victims, and neglected children can be recruited into a violent life of forced prostitution.” (Deputy Attorney General James Cole speaks at the National Strategy Conference on Combating Child Exploitation in San Jose, California, May 17, 2011)
“Often in domestic sex trafficking situations, pimps will make the child victim feel dependent on prostitution for life necessities and survival. For example, a pimp will lure a child with food, clothes, attention, friendship, love, and a seemingly safe place to stay. After cultivating a relationship with a child and engendering a false sense of trust, the pimp will begin engaging the child in prostitution. It is also common for pimps to isolate victims by moving them far away from friends and family, altering their physical appearances, or continuously moving victims to new locations. In many cases, victims become so hardened by the environment in which they must learn to survive that they are incapable of leaving the situation on their own.” (justice.gov)
VIOLENCE & SUICIDE
“ED [emergency department] visit volume for attempted suicide and self-inflicted injury has increased over the past two decades in all major demographic groups. Awareness of these longitudinal trends may assist efforts to increase research on suicide prevention. In addition, this information may be used to inform current suicide and self-injury related ED interventions and treatment programs.”
“After declining for nearly two decades, the suicide rate among Americans ages 10 to 24 jumped 56 percent between 2007 and 2017, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for the first time the gender gap in suicide has narrowed: Though the numbers of suicides are greater in males, the rates of suicide for female youths increased by 12.7 percent each year, compared with 7.1 percent for male youths. At the same time, the rate of teen depression shot up 63 percent, an alarming but not surprising trend given the link between suicide and depression: In 2017, 13 percent of teens reported at least one episode of depression in the past year, compared with 8 percent of teens in 2007, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.” (ny times 2020)
Adverse Child Experience Study results showing life time of damaging effects.More Info Ace Study
Identification and intervention for traumatic injury for recovery.More Info Trauma Informed
Damaging toxic relationships where the person becomes trapped and held hostage.More Info Malignant Personalities
The ability of self awareness and determination through the strength of character to face life successfully.More Info Empowerment
Families learn the healthy dynamics of family relations and have supportive resourcres to help them through crisis.Role of Family
Communities are trained to identify and be a resource for families facing crisis to help them recover & remain part of the community.Role of Community
Government is not to infringe on the individual freedoms of Americans, yet they are there to provide protections and services.Role of Government
Professionals are trained and licensed to provide services to families & communities when they have concerns.Role of Professionals
We pull together people within a community to make a difference! Trying to solve each of these concerns separately is part of the problem. Government forced laws have failed, as solutions. Professionals protocols have not solved the problems. Criminals will never obey laws.
We, the people, working together as a community, using the support of the government and community network, can and will turn these crises around. This is the future of our family. Strong, healthy communities being involved. Together, we make the difference in these children’s lives.
Don’t take our word for it – here’s what the survivors say:
Global Family Alliance is one of the only organizations I’ve come across to truly focus on prevention, which I too believe is the key to stopping trafficking before it begins.
I’d love to talk with you more about your vision and how you’re integrating into local communities to make prevention efforts a reality.
Thanks again Debbie. I’m excited to learn more about the great work you are doing and look forward to talking with you!
I just want you [DEBBIE] to know how grateful I am reading YOUR POSTS especially on issues about abuse and mental health.
I am a School Counselor and an advocate on violence against women and children.
Thank you so much for your very informative, substantive and educational posts. Keep posting!
We both appreciate, have read and printed out all the info you sent. Right now, we have CPS, APS, 3 physicians and 2 therapists actively involved and communicating with each other, but you know how that goes.
We are frequently overwhelmed, and currently feels like we are working FOR all of them, like herding cats.
Debbie, your input and the resources you shared are valuable, make no mistake, and I can forsee calling on you in the future.
Our Team & Community Networks
We have our National Board of Directors working with International Advisory Board, Local Advisory Board and Executive Board of Directors. Together, we develop community Neworks for viable, solution-focused, unique-to-the-community plan that can be set up and implemented in any locality. Fauquier and the surrounding areas hope to be the first pilot program to develop a working model that can be duplicated.
For more info about Global Family Alliance, click on the picture.
Board of Directors
Psychologist, PhD, CGP, FIPA
Director of Mental Health
Director of Medical Practice
Director of Technology, Media & Social Issues
Director of Environmental, Global
& General Health Research
Chairman of the Board
Director of Family Advocacy (Limited Voting)
Family Advocate, Philippines
WENDY ANN GREENE
CHRIS & DEBBIE CLOUD
Directors of Advisory Board
We continue to push forward for Trauma Informed awareness. Until we understand the damage done by adverse experiences, such as trauma, bullying, coercieve control and psychological abuse we will not get ahead of the many social crises we are facing. Parents and local communities working with School Boards & Admin, Board of Supervisors, Mental Health, Researchers & Legislature have to ALL BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.
THE GOAL is a Community Network to support the individual needs of a family going into crisis as a safety net. A strong community can identify the Red Flag concerns of the famly, and refer them to the trained community coalition for early intervention and prevention.
We are building networks. This collaboration is to strengthen families around the world. When you start something, you begin where you are, one step at a time. We are looking for families in communities that are interested in 1. finding solutions today’s family concerns, 2. provide education for the complex issues, 3. coaching to learn new skills and 4. ultimately, network with collaborative resources for recovery and empowerment. THE GOAL is a dynamic network that can meet the individual needs and designed by the people in the community. Please reach out if you want to be part of this grass roots movement of families to help families working to develop strong communities.
Thank you for your interest and support.