SUDC Foundation's Podcast Club

“How many people after the sudden death of a child have symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTSD)? How many develop PTSD?"

“How do you know when it is better to avoid something that is emotionally painful or push through it?”

“What is the difference between EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)?”

“How do I know when I need professional help?”

These are questions the SUDC Foundation’s support staff often fields from people who have lost a loved one to SUDC. But they are also important topics for anyone coping with loss or other trauma.

The SUDC Foundation is proud to present this Q&A webinar with Natalia Garcia, M.S. Natalia is an SUDC parent who also specializes in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and exposure-based therapy for PTSD in her clinical psychology doctorate program at the University of Washington.

This webinar is the culmination of the SUDC Foundation’s inaugural Summer Podcast Club which spotlights episodes of the podcast “To Hell and Back” by Dr. Charles Swenson featuring Natalia.

You can listen to the podcast episodes through the links below or by downloading them through iTunes.

Episode 1

In the first episode, Natalia shares her story and talks specifically about the natural recovery process, the power of acceptance, and functioning after trauma and loss.  

Listen to episode 1 here


In the second episode, Natalia discusses "avoiding avoidance," the importance of social support and how to elicit and shape that support in one's community. 

Listen to episode 2 here


In the third episode, Natalia discusses the changes to relationships and to the "self" after trauma, making meaning after trauma and loss, Jackson's "Kindness Project", and the other ways in which her son's presence and impact continue to live on. 

Listen to episode 3 here

Q & A Webinar With Natalia Garcia M.S. and Lisa Macri, MSW