Carolyn Burns discusses youth trauma and its effects on the brain on the Mental Health Download

Recently, I spoke with Carolyn Burns, an instructor and field faculty liaison for the School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma Online Campus. Carolyn is a licensed clinical social worker who has practiced therapy for more than eighteen years. Additionally, with more than twenty-three years of social work experience, her career has spanned from public housing to owning a private practice. She has a passion for working with the lower income, marginalized population – particularly adolescents, as well as working with people who have experienced extreme trauma.  

Carolyn was a presenter at the 2023 Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: New Horizons in Brain Science, where she delivered a fascinating presentation called This is Your Brain On Trauma.  

You can hear a little bit about that talk on our most recent podcast episode. A quick, but critical warning: This episode talks about physical and sexual abuse. While it’s important dialogue to have, we understand that it could be difficult for some listeners.  

I do hope you enjoy this conversation with Carolyn Burns and find it as valuable as I did. If you or someone you love is struggling with your mental health, please call one of our free mental health assistance center lines at 405.943.3700 or 918.585.1213, or contact us via ⁠⁠. If you are in an immediate mental health crisis, please call or text 988. It is available to anyone 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Additionally, Oklahoma’s Victim Services 24-hour Safeline is available to anyone enduring abuse by calling 1.800.522.SAFE or 1.800.522.7233. 

Thank you for listening,