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Advanced Cultural Competence in Trauma Treatment: for Clinicians

Dr Laura S. Brown, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Author

Held on 3-4 March 2016

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Seminar outline

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 address specific symptoms, it usually fails to speak to the person who has experienced the trauma and the meanings of the trauma to who they are. Additionally, the “treat-symptoms” approach to trauma neglects to attend to the complexities of the therapist/client interaction. A culturally competent approach to trauma treatment aims to address these gaps by inculcating principles of culturally competence into trauma treatment. This seminar will explore strategies for moving towards cultural competence in work with trauma survivors. A combination of lecture, experiential exercise, video and small group work will be utilised.

Comment from participant

“The seminar was excellent. Concepts explained in different ways and useful in many aspects of our work at organisational, clinical and personal level.”

About the trainer

Dr Laura S Brown has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has served on the faculties of Southern Illinois University, the University of Washington, and the Washington School of Professional Psychology, and has taught and lectured in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Taiwan and Israel. In addition to her current full-time practice of psychotherapy, consultation, and forensic psychology she was also the founder and, until 2015, director of the Fremont Community Therapy Project, a low-fee psychotherapy training clinic in Seattle. The focus of her work has been the pursuit of social justice through the practice of psychology; this led her into a specialisation, in the 1980’s, in working with adults who had survived complex childhood trauma. Her scholarly work has been in the fields of cultural competence, feminist therapy theory, trauma treatment, lesbian and gay issues, assessment and diagnosis, and the ethics and standards of care in psychotherapy. She has authored or edited ten professional books as well as more than 140 other professional publications, and has been featured in six psychotherapy training videos produced by the American Psychological Association. She is a Fellow of the APA and the Association for Psychological Science, serves on numerous professional editorial boards, and has been the recipient of a number of professional awards and honours.

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