Self-advocacy looks different for everyone. That’s what Louise Phipps Senft realized when her husband Billy asked for time alone with Archer at the hospital, and what she has continually been reminded of throughout her marriage. Some people need space and time as a result of trauma, and some people need immediate, warm connection. In Season 2: Episode 7: Don’t Settle For Less, Louise recounts her advocacy for a meeting with 3 of Archer’s doctors and Billy’s advocacy for his own needs, like time with his son and a solid plan to pick Dutch, their other son, up from camp. She also reflects on how past childhood trauma and generational trauma impacts a marriage, and she shares with us an approach she calls the The Positive Frame based in neuroscience findings that helped her navigate to help others see what was possible.
In this episode, you will hear excerpts of interview conversations with:
Steve Lepler, director of West End House camp, where Dutch Senft, Louise’s youngest son, was spending the summer when Archer was injured. Steve and Louise speak about their decision to tell Dutch what happened and how his summer went while at camp.
Join Louise for Season 2 of Blink of an Eye: Episode 7: Don’t Settle for Less, August 18. Day 14.
Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning: Episode 7: Don’t Settle for Less.
Victoria Vox created the theme music. Other music in this episode is:
Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles
Mourning Song by Kevin MacLeod
Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada
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