Revisiting Tamar: A Trauma Informed Feminist Reading Reflective Essay

This essay, a reflective look back on my experience writing a research paper on Tamar for a graduate level Old Testament course, was originally published on The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology’s Blog, “Intersections”, it can be found at theseattleschool.edu. The original research paper can be found elsewhere on this site, Tamar: A Trauma-Informed…

Research Paper: Tamar – A Trauma-Informed Feminist Reading

Tamar Tamar’s story, recorded in 2 Samuel 13:1-22, is the story of a victim who is avenged but not redeemed, housed in safety but not restored from her desolate state. I chose to engage the story of Tamar because previous exposure to this story left me unsatisfied.  I’m convinced Tamar has something valuable to speak…

A Psychological Response to the Film: Short Term 12

Is Short Term 12 a realistic portrayal of care in group homes, counseling relationships between adolescents and live-in caregivers, and relational styles in teens who have experienced psychological trauma? This paper was written as part of a graduate level course in counseling children and adolescents and addresses the relational styles, non-verbal communication, and therapeutic use…

Reflection: Family of Origin at Play in Adult Bible Hermenutics

The following paper was originally prepared for a graduate level Old Testament survey course in seminary. This paper is a reflective essay written in response to Aviya Kushner’s book The Grammar of God. This paper explores multiple topics including my own initial exposure to the bible, how our family of origin influences how we read…

Mindfulness Exercise Script: Sensory Focused Coloring

Unlike typical visualization-based mindfulness exercise, this exercise invites the participant to narrow their focus to a specific tactile stimulation, and experience that narrow field of experience deeply. This mindfulness exercise may be helpful to many, but was specifically authored to be used with trauma survivors. A typical mindfulness exercises often instructs the participant to close…

Interview: What Marriage and Lobsters have in Common

This paper is an account of an interview with a married couple conducted for a graduate level Marriage and Family Counseling course. Names and details have been changed to protect the identity of the couple being interview. The paper has been modified for publication here. “It’s Like We’re Lobsters” An Interview with Jim and Amy…

Film Response: Best in Show in Couples Counseling

The following paper was prepared for a graduate level Marriage and Family Counseling course and explores the relational style of two characters in the film Best in Show. “I was Drinking a Grande Espresso when I met You” Love, Hate, and Coupling in the Film Best in Show The film “Best in Show” catalogs, in…