Welcome to the SOAP Project - a gathering space of neurobiologically-informed resources, all anchored around supporting strength-based trauma-informed understandings of the ways that symptoms may reveal a story of what happened to you, not what's wrong with you - and that those very struggles may reveal rich and varied paths toward resilience, not just survival.
The Strengths of All Parts (SOAP) Chart: A Neurobiologically-informed Psychoeducational Tool Supporting Adaptive Resilience is the anchor resource of The SOAP Project. This lift-the-flap chart is an extension of Dr. Janina Fisher’s 2010 book of charts entitled Psychoeducational Aids for Treating Psychological Trauma. Drawing on her representation of a trauma-based parts model in which the parts are celebrated as resources, not pathology, and are compassionately embraced by the client’s adult self, the SOAP Chart provides a visual and tactile means of helping trauma-affected individuals recognize and relate to their parts. In collaboration with Dr. Fisher, we set out to support clients in appreciating their inherent strengths as integral to restoring their sense of safety in the world. For more information on Dr. Fisher's additional resources (books, readings, and trainings), click here.
The SOAP Chart is a psycho-educational tool meant to compliment Dr. Fisher's original 2010 series of clinical charts and her 2017 book, Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation, and to serve as an additional “interactive” guide to help reduce shame, confusion, and a sense of being alone in our responses to human struggle. It can be easily used by anyone participating in healing work, but may be particularly helpful for therapists, community organizers, and individuals working with complex and seemingly “unsolvable” relational concerns/processes.
We hope you have fun with the SOAP Chart as well as scrolling and strolling through and sharing the pages of this website. Our mission is to empower our community in the broadest sense - clinicians and clients, colleagues and fellow-journeyers on the healing path - to gain hope and understanding of the incredible resilience inherent in the human heart and in our shared connections.
The Chart is now also available in SPANISH!
May we all welcome ALL of us!
- The SOAP Project
Click HERE for directories practitioners affiliated with international training institutes that integrate aspects of parts work into their trainings and teachings.
Click HERE for The Fairy Godmother Story. The story was written by a client of Tara Brach and serves to de-pathologize Parts (or their "symptoms") as we recognize that these Parts were born as a "solution" to get through tough times.
Click HERE for a helpful overview of the overwhelming experience of flashbacks, broadly understood. In addition, you will find resources for halting flashbacks and grounding in the present moment!
You may have heard of the healing power of weighted blankets and bears but have NO idea even where to begin in purchasing one. Click HERE for some recommendations for what to look for in a weighted blanket and for our MASTER QUILTER'S contact information!
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each SOAP Chart will be set aside for a fund for weighted blankets or bears for those for whom the cost is prohibitive.
Click here to read more about this aspect of SOAP's initiative.
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