Laura S. Brown is a clinical and forensic psychologist in independent practice in Seattle, Washington. A writer and speaker on feminist therapy theory and practice, she offers workshops and trainings to professionals and the public on such topics as trauma treatment, cultural competence, psychological assessment, and ethics. She is also the founder and Director of the Fremont Community Therapy Project, a low-fee psychotherapy training clinic in Seattle.

Upcoming talks and workshops

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Harvest season: Deepening the exploration of self-care for therapists and caregivers

Your turn for care: Surviving the aging and death of the adults who harmed you "There is no market for a book like this." So spoke one of my publishers back in 2010 when I first began to attempt to get Your Turn out into the world. Now, each month, the monthly report from Amazon comes in, and someone is buying a book at least once every day or so. Thanks to all of you for confirming my faith in the value of this material. I've started to take notes for a second edition, and if you have ideas about things I could cover in greater depth, or that you wish I had included in the first version, please let me know.

I've got a couple of new book chapters available, each part of a wonderful volume called The Psychologists' Desk Reference, edited by my friends John Norcross, Gerry Koocher, and Beverly Greene. These chapters, one on working with women, and one on treating trauma, are quick and simple condensations of much larger works on each topic. If you're wanting a simple read to offer to a colleague, to use in a class, or to give to clients, these chapters will be helpful for you.

I'm going to be giving all or part of three workshops at the upcoming conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, taking place this year in Baltimore Maryland from November 14-18. One is on a topic that's becoming an emerging favorite of mine, Self-care as a strategy for ethical practice. The second is my first Your Turn workshop, this time aimed at therapists working with the book's target audience. I'm hoping that this workshop will encourage other therapists working with survivors of complex childhood trauma to become more effective in supporting their clients through these life issues. Finally, with my friend Kathy Steele, I'm going to be talking about how to supervise and consult with therapists who are newly encountering complex trauma and dissociation in their work.

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Laura talks about Your Turn for Care on The Mary Waldon Show

A discussion of Your Turn for Care with internet radio host Mary Waldon. In this frank conversation, I talk about the concept of the contracts between children and the adults who raise them, and the pain and challenges that arise for people who had those contracts for care broken by their elders. I discuss some of the factors that arise in making decisions about whether and how to engage with abusive elders in some aspect of the caregiver role. Details »