Damon Wood

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I talk a lot on this podcast about safety and creating safety for both the therapist and the client. But what about organizations? How does one go about creating safety for groups and organizations? And more specifically, how does one go about creating safety for the clinicians working within the state correctional facilities?

Today my guest is Dr. Damon Wood. Damon has held an interest in trauma focused therapies since his graduate education and has completed trainings in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and DBT.


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Since 2009, Dr. Wood has worked for the state of California in forensic institutions including Napa State Hospital and four California state prisons where he has provided treatment to the severely mentally ill, the severely behaviorally challenged, and the severely traumatized.

In 2015 Dr. Wood was promoted to the mental health leadership team at Salinas Valley State Prison where he has led teams of clinicians to provide treatment in one of the state’s most violent maximum security prisons. In this role and setting, Dr. Wood has championed trauma-informed organizational support for the clinical staff that work in such a stressful and difficult environment.

The Quote

Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” -Sir Richard Branson

In This Episode

Trauma & The Struggle to Open Up. Robert T. Muller, Ph.D.
The Trauma of Invisibility. Beck Gee-Cohen, MA, LADC

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