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Feminist perspectives on trauma treatment (March 8, Ramat Gan Israel)

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This informal discussion program is being offered by invitation by the School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University. I’ll be sharing my work and insights into how to integrate feminist frameworks into trauma treatment, and engaging with my Israeli colleagues to learn about how they have been doing the same. Where to attend Event:… Read more »

Insights and innovative feminist models and techniques for working with complex PTSD (March 6, Tel Aviv Israel)

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This informal discussion program is an invited presentation for the therapists of one of Israel’s oldest feminist therapy collectives. I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned from my clients in four decades of working with the survivors of complex trauma, and engage with my Israeli counterparts to discover what their different social context brings to the… Read more »

Feminist and liberatory perspectives on psychotherapy supervision: Empowerment, not shame (February 25-March 5, Beersheva Israel)

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This intensive course will introduce students to feminist and liberatory models of psychotherapy practice as they apply to supervision of counselors and therapists at any stage of professional development. We will discuss common challenges and pitfalls inherent in attempting to create an egalitarian, liberatory relationship in an evaluative setting, and explore together how to develop… Read more »

Liberatory counseling in challenging times: How can counseling centers show Institutional Courage (February 20, Evanston IL)

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This keynote address will discuss how counseling center therapists, and the systems that support their work, can function in liberatory ways in their work. The questions of divided loyalties – to the university, to the counseling center’s own systems of hierarchy, to staff, to trainees, and to clients – will be considered. I’ll talk about… Read more »

Not the price of admission: Having healthy relationships for trauma survivors (February 8, Orlando FL)

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This workshop for adult survivors of complex childhood trauma and their therapists will introduce the “Price of Admission” model for how disrupted attachment during childhood creates problematic paradigms for all kinds of emotionally meaningful relationships in adult life. I will then talk about ways to break the chain of trauma reenactments in those relationships, emphasizing… Read more »

Cultural competence: It’s all about clinical awareness (December 6, Tukwila WA)

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This brief workshop for interns and post-docs who are part of the National Internship Training Consortium in the Pacific Northwest, will invite early career psychologists to consider how they and their work are affected by systemic forms of bias and oppression. We will utilize a model of developing cultural humility and compassionate self-awareness to move… Read more »

Ethical and practical applications of Aikido principles to trauma treatment (November 8, Seattle WA)

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This workshop for therapists who treat trauma survivors will introduce the use of concepts and movement strategies from Aikido, the martial art of peace. We will base our work on current findings about the neuroscience of trauma, and focus on interventions that affect the polyvagal system and the stress response system. The relational nature of… Read more »

Cultural competence and cultural humility in the treatment of trauma (September 27, Arlington TX)

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This workshop will address two issues central to working with psychotherapy clients; how do we demonstrate cultural humility, so at to move toward greater competence, and how do we integrate that cultural awareness into the treatment of trauma survivors? Since so many people entering treatment have histories of trauma, both childhood complex developmental trauma and… Read more »

Contextual trauma therapy for clients with complex trauma: Skill-building using a video recording (August 8, Chicago IL)

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I will be a discussant on this workshop in which members of the Nova Southeastern University trauma treatment program discuss the latest developments in their work – in this case, looking at how and whether skills at coping with trauma-related difficulties can be enhanced through the use of video material. Where to attend Event: Annual… Read more »

Feminist perspectives on the treatment of trauma (April 13-14, Prague Czech Republic)

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This two-day workshop is aimed at psychotherapists wishing to integrate feminist therapy principles into their work with trauma survivors. The workshop will explore feminist models of trauma beyond the diagnostic manuals. It will attend to issues of intersectional identity as sources of both risk and resilience in the face of trauma exposure, and will consider… Read more »

The feminist therapy model of psychotherapy supervision (April 12, Prague Czech Republic)

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This presentation will consist of a brief didactic review of the feminist model of psychotherapy supervision followed by excerpts from a DVD of a live session of supervision in which this model is demonstrated. We will focus on ways in which the feminist emphasis on power analysis and the goal of creating an egalitarian relationship… Read more »

Helping trauma survivors to have the relationships they deserve (December 9, Burlingame CA)

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Survivors of complex childhood trauma – systemic abuse, neglect, and disrupted attachment schemata — enter adulthood with internal working models of relationship that often lead them into difficult and painful connections with others. I will address the specific challenges in empowering these survivors to stop “paying the price of admission” to intimacy, and discuss how… Read more »

Liberatory Models of Psychotherapy Supervision (December 8, Burlingame CA)

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There is a dynamic tension between the necessarily hierarchical structure of psychotherapy supervision and the liberatory/egalitarian models of feminist and other liberatory practices. This will be a chance for psychotherapy supervisors who are struggling with this dilemma to discuss this topic with the author of The feminist model of psychotherapy supervision. Come with your own… Read more »

Increasing cultural humility as a path to competence (December 8, Burlingame CA)

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This session will be a dialogue between me and Elliott Connie, a psychotherapist who has been instrumental in promoting diversity issues in the world of Brief Therapy. We will engage with one another and with the audience – come prepared to participate. Where to attend Event: Brief Therapy Conference 2018 Sponsoring organization: Milton Erickson Foundation… Read more »

Culturally competent trauma practice (December 7, Burlingame CA)

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Just as human beings are not generic, so, too, trauma is an event that is affected by and interacts with people’s intersectional identities. This workshop will introduce participants to a mindful model for understanding how to move towards cultural competence in practice with trauma survivors. We will pay particular attention to therapist countertransference/fragility, and to… Read more »

Feminist perspectives on the treatment of trauma (February 14, Beersheva Israel)

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This full-day workshop is aimed at psychotherapists wishing to integrate feminist therapy principles into their work with trauma survivors. The workshop will explore feminist models of trauma beyond the diagnostic manuals. It will attend to issues of intersectional identity as both risk and resilience in the face of trauma exposure, and will consider ways in… Read more »

Women, trauma and psychotherapy: New insights (February 13, Beersheva Israel)

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This invited address will introduce participants to feminist perspectives on treating women survivors of trauma, with an emphasis on interpersonal and intimate trauma. Feminist models for understanding trauma and for looking at women within the context of intersectional identities will be a focus of this speech. Where to attend Event: Women’s Health and Mental Health… Read more »

Culturally competent trauma treatment (October 13, Seattle WA)

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This full-day workshop will focus on self-awareness of the therapist’s own intersecting strands of identity, cultural norms and biases and the ability to be sensitive to the nuances of human difference. This model of cultural competence is inherently integrative in that it focuses on people, not theories, and on distress, dysfunction, strength and resilience, not… Read more »

How can we engender healthy relationships for survivors of complex childhood trauma? (August 25, Bellevue WA)

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This keynote address will introduce participants to the “Price of Admission” model for analyzing problematic relationship patterns found in adult survivors of childhood complex trauma. We will explore how to utilize EMDR, both trauma processing and resource development strategies, as a means of achieving the goal of having healthier emotionally meaningful relationships for adult survivors…. Read more »

Implementing culturally competent strategies in clinical work with trauma survivors (September 2, Nashville TN)

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This workshop will explore clinical strategies for integrating culturally competent practice models into clinical work with trauma survivors. We’ll consider issues of transference and countertransference as they’re affected by the identities of all parties in the room, and explore how to work across both apparent difference and apparent similarities. There will be an emphasis on… Read more »

Cultural competence in the 21st Century (September 2, Nashville TN)

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This keynote address will cover elements of emerging models of culturally competent practice for professionals working with mental health and substance abuse populations. I’ll have a particular emphasis on working with trauma survivors in those populations, and on integrating the identity of a trauma survivor into people’s other intersectional identities. Where to attend Event: Trauma,… Read more »

Forensic practice with vulnerable populations: The victim-victimizer-victim cycle (August 7, Denver CO)

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I’ll be serving as the discussant on this panel, which features presentations on trauma as a factor in the lives of incarcerated people, people of color, death penalty defendants, and survivors of abuse by clergy. I’ll be tying together themes in the four presentations as they emerge in the practice of forensic trauma psychology. Where… Read more »

A past-presidential panel on getting the word out on trauma (August 5, Denver CO)

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This panel discussion features the past presidents of the Division of Trauma Psychology discussing how we can better disseminate information about trauma in the widest possible range of both lay and professional settings. I’ll be discussing the topic of how we can integrate trauma more effectively into the training of professional psychologists. Where to attend… Read more »

Establishing a Clinical Practice in Trauma Psychology (August 5, Denver CO)

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This program will feature a discussion among myself and my co-presenters, Christine Courtois, Constance Dalenberg, Steve Gold, Dawn Hughes, and Lisa Rocchio, all of whom have maintained successful trauma-focused practices of psychology. We’ll discuss the rewards and pitfalls of being trauma specialists and explore how to sustain oneself as a trauma psychologist in independent practice…. Read more »

Ethics and self-care: Challenges in treating trauma (August 5, Denver CO)

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This program will feature a discussion between myself and my co-presenter, Dr. Christine Courtois, in which we dive into the complexities of caring for oneself and engaging in ethical practice while working with trauma survivors, particularly survivors of complex childhood developmental and attachment trauma. Our focus will be on the dynamic tension between boundaries, flexibility… Read more »

Belief, patience, connection: Relationship above and beyond evidence in trauma treatment (August 4, Denver CO)

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The evidence-based psychotherapy relationship variables constitute the entry point for psychotherapy with survivors of complex childhood trauma. In the absence of empathy, positive regard, respect, genuineness, and the strong desire to repair ruptures on the part of the therapist, any treatment will likely fail. This is because the psychotherapist working with those who have been… Read more »

How can I care for the person who harmed me? Abuse survivors as filial caregivers (August 4, Denver CO)

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Estimates are that around one third of the U.S. adult population has a history of some kind of childhood maltreatment, with most of this occurring in the family of origin at the hands of parents or parental figures. These adverse childhood experiences are associated with a range of psychological and somatic problems in later life,… Read more »

The feminist therapy model of psychotherapy supervision (June 16, Dublin Republic of Ireland)

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This presentation, part of a symposium of master supervisors, will consist of a brief didactic review of the feminist model of psychotherapy supervision followed by excerpts from a DVD of a live session of supervision in which this model is demonstrated. Both the supervisor and the supervisee will be present to comment on the experience… Read more »

Assessing trauma in the forensic context (April 30, Pasadena CA)

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Although trauma is implicated in a large percentage of cases that appear in the office of forensic practitioners, very few forensic psychologists appear to be aware of how to consider its effects in choosing assessment tools, developing standard interview protocols, or analyzing findings. Assessment of the effects of psychological trauma is not limited to assessment… Read more »

Cultural competence in trauma treatment: Beyond symptoms to the context and the person (March 3-4, Sydney NSW Australia)

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The experience of psychological trauma is one that affects humans on somatic, intrapsychic, interpersonal, and spiritual/existential dimensions. Yet almost all of the literature on trauma treatment proceeds as if trauma occurs outside of the social, historical, and political contexts. A problematic consequence of this approach to work with trauma survivors is that while treatment may… Read more »

A contextual approach to treating dissociation (August 8, Toronto ON)

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I will serve as the discussant on this program, responding to the work of colleagues who will be describing the use of a contextual model to assist people dealing with trauma-related dissociation. Where to attend Event: 123rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association Sponsoring organization: Division of Trauma Psychology Registration information: Open to all… Read more »

Feminist therapy with complex trauma: Accompanying a survivor on her hobbit journey (August 6, Toronto ON)

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Part of a symposium, Frodo and Sam Enter Mordor—The Feminist Therapy Alliance in Complex Trauma, this presentation will reflect my experiences of a feminist trauma specialist working as a therapist with a colleague who is a survivor of complex childhood trauma, as well as a member of several of the same small professional and social… Read more »

Your turn for care: Surviving the aging and death of perpetrators in your family (January 31, Orlando FL)

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This workshop draws upon my book of the same title, and is aimed at assisting adult survivors who are confronting the complexities evoked by the aging and death of perpetrators in their families. We will cover some of the basic constructs foundational to making decisions about whether or how to participate in the care of abusive elders,… Read more »

No easy answers: Ethics and the emphasis on social justice in the practice of psychotherapy (January 15, Atlanta GA)

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In this symposium I will be speaking to the specific topic of the ethics of self-care: social justice for the therapist, too. This presentation addresses the thorny ethical conundrum of psychotherapist self-care. I will frame my discussion through the lens of feminist practice and the necessity of justice for the therapist in the context of… Read more »

Your turn for care: Surviving the aging and death of perpetrators in your family (October 5, Seattle WA)

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This workshop draws upon my book of the same title, and is aimed at assisting adult survivors who are confronting the complexities evoked by the aging and death of perpetrators in their families. We will cover some of the basic constructs foundational to making decisions about whether or how to participate in the care of… Read more »

What does egalitarian look like? Dynamics of empowerment in feminist practice (August 10, Washington DC)

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This presentation, part of the symposium Psychotherapy Revealed: A Glimpse of Eminent Psychotherapists in Session, illustrates how I attempt to develop egalitarian relationship in therapy, using examples of my work from the APA video series. Egalitarian interactions are theorized to be at the heart of the feminist treatment model of empowerment, and can be challenging… Read more »

Forensic issues in trauma psychology (August 9, Washington DC)

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This discussion program explores the application of trauma psychology to the forensic contexts, including expert witness testimony, forensic treatment, and forensic psychological evaluation. A CD of useful documents for forensic trauma practice will be available for a small fee. Where to attend Event: 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association Sponsoring organization: Division of… Read more »

On not quitting my day job: How being a therapist heals me (August 9, Washington DC)

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This presentation, part of a symposium titled Therapist Stories of Inspiration, Passion, and Renewal shares my story of personal and professional existential crisis, and describes the ways in which the practice of psychotherapy allowed me to feel a sense of hope and refine meaning-making in life. Where to attend Event: 122nd Annual Convention of the… Read more »

Dear sister/friend: Working with intimate female friendships in psychotherapy (August 8, Washington DC)

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This discussion program explores the ways in which being a feminist psychotherapist influences how one is a friend to other women. I will discuss the trajectory of my development of emotionally intimate female friends through the experience of being a feminist therapist. Where to attend Event: 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association Sponsoring… Read more »

Empowerment as an ingredient of effective psychotherapy (August 7, Washington DC)

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This presentation, part of a symposium titled How Does Psychotherapy Work? Looking to Theory and Evidence to Identify Change Mechanisms, explores the “secret sauce” of Feminist Therapy, empowerment, Feminist therapy theory has consistently focused on the construct of empowerment of clients as a central ingredient in the effectiveness of psychotherapy. In this presentation I will… Read more »

Eek, there’s dissociation in my office!: The art of mentoring therapists in working with dissociation (November 17, Baltimore MD)

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This workshop, with co-presenter Kathy Steele, is aimed primarily at supervisors working with clinicians who are new to practice with complex trauma and dissociation. Because this novice experience may occur at different points in a therapist’s professional development, we will address both the issues inherent in working with trainees early in their career, and consulting… Read more »

Your turn for care: Assisting clients with the aging and death of perpetrators (November 16, Baltimore MD)

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This workshop draws upon my book of the same title, and is aimed at assisting clinicians whose adult survivors clients are facing the aging and death of perpetrators in the family. We will cover some of the basic constructs to assist survivors with making decisions about whether or how to participate in the care of… Read more »

Self-care as a path to ethical behavior (November 15, Baltimore MD)

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This presentation, part of the day-long Ethics workshop with co-presenters Phil Kinsler, Joan Golston, and Christine Courtois, will explore the particular ethical dilemmas that arise for clinicians working with clients who present with complex trauma and dissociation. My portion of the workshop will focus on how failures of therapist self-care create risks for boundary crossings,… Read more »

Feminist therapy: What empowerment looks like (August 4, Honolulu HI)

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This presentation is a component of the symposium Psychotherapy Revealed—A Glimpse of Eminent Psychotherapists at Work. I will demonstrate the application of feminist therapy’s core construct of empowerment in a therapy session from the APA Psychotherapy Video Series. The client in this case was not interested in becoming empowered, and exerted strong pulls for me… Read more »

Breathing in power: Bringing the body back in feminist practice (August 3, Honolulu HI)

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This presentation will discuss and describe the presenter’s integration of the body into the practice of feminist therapy. One persistent effect of women’s disempowerment in the context of interpersonal trauma has been disconnection from the body. Utilizing constructs from the martial art of aikido that emphasize the importance of moving from the center and awareness… Read more »

Establishing a forensic trauma practice (August 2, Honolulu HI)

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This session will provide information to trauma psychologists with an interest in creating a trauma-informed forensic practice. Practical tips and helpful documents will be made available to those present. Registration for this workshop, which costs $35.00, is limited to 12 people Where to attend Event: 121st Annual APA Convention Sponsoring organization: APA Division 56, Trauma… Read more »

Cultural competence in trauma treatment (April 19, Oakland CA)

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In this workshop I’ll be covering the basics of my mindfulness-based approach to cultural competence, and integrating that viewpoint into paradigms for working with trauma survivors. I’ll also be exploring some of the boundary challenges inherent in working with survivors, and discussing how to develop culturally competent paradigms for understanding what constitutes trauma. Where to… Read more »

Cultural competence in trauma therapy (March 1, New York NY)

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In this workshop I’ll be covering the basics of my mindfulness-based approach to cultural competence, and then integrating that viewpoint into paradigms for working with trauma survivors. I’ll also be exploring some of the boundary challenges inherent in working with survivors. Where to attend Event: CE workshop ICP calendar page that includes information about this… Read more »

Recovered memory revisited (October 20, Nashville TN)

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This workshop for professionals reviews the most recent research on the relationship between memory and psychological trauma. It explores the specific issues inherent in working with remembering clients and the risks to therapist and client of over-or-under response to client material. Where to attend Event: Fall Workshop Sponsoring organization: Nashville Psychotherapy Institute Date: October 20,… Read more »

Diversity training (October 5, Washington DC)

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This is a diversity training offered for the elected officers and committee chairs of the organization to increase their effectives in making the group more welcoming to diverse leadership. Where to attend Event: Executive Board Meeting, Division of Psychotherapy Sponsoring organization: Division of Psychotherapy, American Psychological Association Date: October 5, 2012 Time: 9:00 am –… Read more »

Vicarious traumatization and self-care (September 21, Steilacoom WA)

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This workshop addresses clinician’s needs for self-care in the context of inpatient work with challenging and sometimes dangerous patients. An emphasis on un-silencing self and awareness of needs and feelings as a guide to transforming traumatic experiences into growth is a focus of this training. Where to attend Event: In-service staff training Date: September 21,… Read more »

Seasoned psychotherapy supervisors’ visions of supervision: Abiding convictions about supervisory process and practice (August 5, Orlando FL)

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This presentation discusses what I consider to be core components of effective psychotherapy supervision, drawing on a feminist supervisory model. Where to attend Event: 120th Annual Convention Sponsoring organization: American Psychological Association Date: August 5, 2012 Time: 8:00 am – 9:50 am Room: Convention Center W311D Venue: Orange County Convention Center City: Orlando, Florida

Ethical and scientific issues in forensic assessment of alleged trauma (August 4, Orlando FL)

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This CE workshop is an introduction to forensic assessment where allegations of trauma are central to the legal matter. Where to attend Event: 120th Annual Convention Convention page for this workshop Sponsoring organization: American Psychological Association Date: August 4, 2012 Time: 1:00 pm – 4:50 pm Room: Hilton Orlando Turkey Lake Room Venue: Orange County… Read more »

Gender as a factor in cultural competence (August 4, Orlando FL)

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Discusses gender dynamics in cultural competence as part of a symposium on development of culturally competent psychotherapy practice. Where to attend Event: 120th Annual Convention Sponsoring organization: American Psychological Association Date: August 4, 2012 Time: 11:00 am-12:50 pm Room: Convention Center Room W312B Venue: Orange County Convention Center City: Orlando, Florida

Cultural competence and forensic issues in working with adult trauma survivors (August 2, Orlando FL)

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These are two segments of a full-day workshop on working with adult trauma survivors. Where to attend Event: 120th Annual Convention Convention page for this workshop Sponsoring organization: American Psychological Association Date: August 2, 2012 Time: 1:00 pm-2:50 pm Room: Hilton Orlando Lake Sheen Room Venue: Orange County Convention Center City: Orlando, Florida

Cultural competence in trauma therapy (July 13, Seattle WA)

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Laura S. Brown, PhD

I am offering this workshop to raise funds for the Fremont Community Therapy Project, the low-fee feminist, culturally competent, queer-friendly, trauma-focused training clinic that I established in 2006. Finally, a chance for Seattle-area colleagues to attend one of my workshops without having to travel out of state! I’ll be covering the basics of my mindfulness-based… Read more »

Cultural competency in treating trauma (June 3, Toronto ON)

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This presentation briefly reviews the basic tenets of cultually competent practice with survivors of psychological trauma. Where to attend Event: Trauma talks: Advancing the dialogue on trauma-informed care Sponsoring organization: Canadian Mental Health Association Date: June 3, 2012 Time: 11:00 – 11:40 am Room: Grand Banking Hall Venue: One King West Hotel and Residence City:… Read more »

Cultural competence as the integrating variable: Training the next generation of therapists (May 19, Evanston IL)

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This invited keynote address considers how to use cultural competence as a framework for training psychotherapists to be integrative in their approaches to psychotherapy. Where to attend Event: SEPI XXVIII Annual Meeting Sponsoring organization: Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) Date: May 19, 2012 Time: 1:00-2:00 pm Room: Heritage Ballroom Venue: Hilton Orrington… Read more »