Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Dissociation, Dissociative Disorders, Trauma

“The best way to sound like you know what you’re talking about is to know what you’re talking about.”

(~Author Unknown)

I’m preparing for a presentation on Dissociation and Chinese medicine for the student research symposium at the AAAOM conference in Baltimore next month. It will be my first act of public speaking on research, mental health, or Chinese medicine. For that matter, it’s the first public speaking I’ve done in a decade at least.

There’s something slightly nerve-wracking about preparing for a public speaking event, particularly with absolutely no idea about the size and demographic of the audience. Will there be practitioners, researchers, or just a small handful of other student researchers?

Beyond that I’m wrangling with the question of how much I want to share my own direct knowing on the subject.

On another note, is it appropriate to invite audience members who might themselves be dissociating to come back into their bodies for the duration of the presentation?

About Tracy A. Andrews, MSOM, LAc

Tracy Andrews lives in Portland, Oregon where she practices acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine as well as craniosacral and visceral therapies, gentle bodywork methods that help the body remember how it most likes to be; you can get more info at tracyandrewsacupuncture.com. Her various adventures in the working life have taken her searching for marbled murrelets in the Coast Range of Oregon, into social service agencies providing services for homeless and displaced youth, crafting raw sauerkraut and blank books for small Portland entrepreneurs, fabricating sheet metal for SMWIA Local 16, and writing on trauma healing through Chinese medicine as a research assistant. Her most exciting adventure this year was hiking 125 miles on the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.


5 thoughts on ““The best way to sound like you know what you’re talking about is to know what you’re talking about.”

  1. Looking forward to this, Tracy.

    Posted by Sheila Robertson | 26 April 2011, 1:52 pm
  2. This is awesome, Tracy!

    Posted by Kelly Stock | 26 April 2011, 5:24 pm
  3. Tracy, Julie Thi Underhill introduced me to your website—you are doing fantastic and much needed work!

    It might be powerful to do a brief guided meditation at one point to help bring everyone back into their bodies (we all need that gift sometimes).

    While it is not necessary to share your direct experience with dissociation, a short story (which is easy for you to share) could help to build trust and draw the audience in.

    Something you may be interested in checking out if you haven’t seen it yet: cartoonist, Madison Clell’s stories about working through dissociative identity disorder. http://www.madisonclell.net/

    Posted by Kalah | 27 April 2011, 1:52 am
    • Thanks, Kalah! I appreciate your feedback. I hadn’t considered a guided meditation, but I think it would be worth taking a minute of my brief (12 minute) window to offer all of us a visceral reminder of the importance of coming back into our bodies.

      Posted by Tracy A. Andrews | 27 April 2011, 3:24 am

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