12th Annual What's Emerging With Emerging Adults Educational Conference
TRAUMA, CULTURE & IDENTITY
This continuing education program is sponsored at no charge by Yellowbrick Foundation and The Menninger Clinic. Yellowbrick Foundation will host the event. Registration is required.
Yellowbrick is introducing in 2019 a series of conferences exploring the implications of culture and identity on the experience of and recovery from trauma. We will explore the challenges of working with trauma patients through the lens of diverse aspects of culture. Co-sponsored with The Menninger Clinic, this initial conference will provide an overview towards an understanding and approach to trauma recovery from a developmental neurobiological perspective. We will then proceed to focus on traditional experiences of gender identity and trauma recovery. Future conferences will explore the role of non-binary gender and LGBTQIA experiences, immigration and ethnicity, mental health stigma, religion and spirituality, and other dimensions of the interface of identity, culture and trauma.
Trauma and Culture:
Mentalizing and Culturally Responsive Trauma Interventions
Shweta Sharma, PsyD, Staff Psychologist, The Menninger Clinic
Traumatic events often disrupt or exacerbate a person’s mental state, lead to psychological and behavioral dysfunction, and negatively impact a person’s quality of life. The goal of this presentation is to discuss a mentalizing approach to addressing the core traumatic experience of feeling psychologically alone in unbearable emotional states. To achieve this goal, the presentation will draw on perspectives from developmental psychology, attachment theory, and neurobiological understanding of mental processes. The presentation will also explore the cultural considerations in understanding trauma, its complex and nuanced clinical manifestations, and the potentially arduous process of healing.
(1) Apply key findings from attachment research to psychotherapy for patients struggling with aftermath of complex trauma
(2) Identify the role of cultural factors on the psychological sequelae of trauma and its treatment
Posttraumatic Connection, Recovery and Growth:
Why Gender Matters in the Treatment of Complex Trauma and PTSD
Jung Mi Yi, PsyD, Director of the Assessment Center, Yellowbrick
Michael Losoff, PhD, Director of Adolescent Services, Yellowbrick
Gender is one of the most common, if implicit, cultural contexts within which trauma and recovery unfolds. The trauma literature pays scant attention to how men and women experience trauma differently, how they each process traumatic experience in psychotherapy, and how they trace different pathways through posttraumatic recovery and growth. In this presentation, we will focus on several key factors that mediate posttraumatic growth through the lens of gender, including how trauma is experienced, how traumatic experience is expressed in therapy, what meanings are ascribed to that experience, and factors that contribute to recovery and possible growth. We will limit our consideration of this context to the traditional binary definition of men and women, recognizing that an ultimately fuller consideration would involve non-binary and gender fluid individuals, as well. Practical suggestions and recommendations will be offered for clinicians who work with complex trauma and PTSD in their clinical practice, whether in individual or group psychotherapy contexts.
(1) Understand differences in ways men and women may experience trauma
(2) Learn factors that contribute to recovery and posttraumatic growth as they apply to men and women