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Trauma - IDHA's Fall Course Series


September 26th 2017
East Village Access
Jazmine Russell and Noel Hunter, PsyD.
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In traditional mental health systems, some experiences of trauma are normalized, such as feelings of grief after natural disasters or the death of a loved one, while other experiences of trauma remain stigmatized and pathologized. Although initially overlooked, the impacts of trauma on mental and emotional health have become further recognized in clinical treatment. From diagnosing PTSD in war veterans, to the language of “trauma-informed care” in private practice, trauma is an integral concept to supporting those who are suffering. To understand the role of extreme circumstances in emotional distress is vital in offering necessary care and avoiding retraumatization.

In this seminar, we will explore the roles of interpersonal, social, and political factors in trauma as well as the various ways in which trauma can manifest. We will discuss the body’s responses to trauma in the nervous system, and explain the latest research and statistics on the impact of traumatic experiences on mental health. We will then share tools for healing from trauma and supporting oneself and others.

Topics include:

1.     Addressing personal, interpersonal, institutional, and collective trauma
2.     Pathologization and retraumatization
3.     Effects of trauma on mental/emotional health
4.     History of"trauma-informed" care
5.     Post-traumatic growth and optimal responses to trauma
6.     Outlook for the future


6:30-7             Introductions and brief sharing of relevant experiences
7- 7:30            Types of trauma and historical understandings
7:30-8             Body responses to trauma and effects on mental health
8-8:30            Ways of healing from trauma

Participants will be able to:

1.     Identify physical, mental, and emotional reactions to trauma and extreme stress
2.     Discuss ways in which trauma is rooted in social, political, and interpersonal life circumstances
3.     Illustrate key moments in history wherein trauma was recognized in mental health care
4.     Utilize various tools for supporting trauma survivors in clinical settings
5.     Discuss ways in which people heal and make meaning though traumatic experiences. 

Additional Information:

$75 per class/ $50 reduced
2 CE hours offered per class for psychologists, psychoanalysts, social workers, counselors, MFTs, creative arts therapists. View CE requirements and information here.
Target Audience: All Levels

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