Charge in Business and Life Podcast #186 with Josh Varner - Passionate About Helping Those Who've Experienced Childhood Trauma

Ep: 186 Josh Varner

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Josh VarnerJosh Varner is a trauma informed speaker and a school social worker with a PASSION for helping individuals and schools to support students who have been impacted by childhood trauma.  Josh has presented over 150 high energy, informative, interactive presentations to audiences all over the country.  Along with speaking, Josh has been a social worker, professional school counselor and coordinated an at-risk student program. Josh has experience in the classroom working with traumatized students and knows what will work for teachers.


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Show Notes:

  • Josh got his Master’s degree in school counseling.
  • He used to coach some college football.
  • Josh’s Master’s degree taught him how to identify kids, but not how to support and help them.
    • He had a paradigm shift from “what’s wrong with these kids” to “what happened to these kids?”
  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study is the largest longitudinal study of all time.
  • It correlates the amounts of traumas and their outcomes later in life.
  • 1 in 8 kids are at high risk which means they have had 4 or more adverse childhood experiences in their life.
  • It is important to teach educators and help them understand how trauma affects kids.
  • Relationships help kids be successful.
  • People are resilient.
  • Josh helps people realize post traumatic growth.
    • No one is less than.
    • Help people get on the other side of their trauma.
    • Josh helps kids find their “hidden super powers.”
  • Connections are what make us so resilient.
    • Connections help us heal and grow.
    • “They are the reason I’m here today.”
  • Regulate. Relate. Reason.
    • First you have to help someone calm down. You can’t skip straight to reason.
    • Next, when you relate with someone you listen to them and don’t shut them off.
    • Lastly, reasoning is when you break it all down.
      • Did anything trigger you before?
      • Who did you harm?
      • How do we fix that?
  • It is easy to get frustrated with kids, but if we start to understand and see them for who they are, we can make a big impact.
  • What the kid’s unmet need? You see their truth.
  • Don’t be afraid to get professional help.
  • Over 50% of Americans will experience trauma in their lifetime.
  • Talk therapy isn’t always the best solution.
    • Find a therapist who is trained in working with PTSD and trauma;
  • You can learn more about trauma by reading Bruce Perry!

Josh Varner’s Recharge Round

  1. What habit do you think has lead to success in your life? He has an attitude of gratitude. Be happy with what you have.
  2. What’s the simple positive action that you take each day to move forward to achieve your goals? He assumes positive intent. “Their reasoning has to come from a good place.” Is someone dealing with an unmet need?
  3. What’s your biggest life lesson and what have you learned from it? The measure of man is what he can accomplish when he’s worn down.

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