Learnings from the Emergency Ward and Other Clinical Experiences: Treating Individuals Dealing with Life’s Tragedies

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This webinar was broadcasted live on October 21, 2022 as part of the Collective Trauma Conference

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It can be easy to overlook social maltreatment when working in mental health environments. The immediacy of the work often requires us to focus on the acute psychological effects of adversity and loss. The result is less attention paid to social factors that underlie, contribute to, or exacerbate these challenges.

This makes perfect sense. In all areas of acute intervention, the goal is— borrowing from our medical colleagues—to “stop the bleeding;” to attend to the immediate difficulties and sometimes life-threatening circumstances that we have trained to address. But, at the same time, a cursory glance at public mental health clinic and emergency room waiting rooms reveals an unavoidable fact. Most of the people looking back at us are of color, economically insecure, and in some cases, immigrants. Many of them are people who live in a world far different from our own.

There are many reasons for this:

  • The socially marginalized tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to mental health services. Often, the best care seems to be reserved for those with the most money. And those of lesser social status are relegated to our more chaotic and challenging public mental health system.
  • Many survivors of historical trauma (think Aboriginal boarding schools, Japanese internment camps, multigenerational enslavement, and crushing poverty) continue to experience social maltreatment in the current generation.
  • Institutionalized maltreatment—whether racism, sexism, antisemitism, or discrimination against those identifying as LGBQT+—constitutes direct and ongoing sources of trauma.

In this presentation, we will explore some of the social/structural contributors to psychological suffering. This will involve:

  • increasing our sensitivity to the effects of chronic social adversity;
  • considering the possibility of a more accurate “diagnosis” of the client’s mutually reciprocating social and clinical stressors; and
  • applying interventions that take social marginalization into account.

John Briere, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the USC Keck School of Medicine and the USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center.

A past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dr. Briere is a recipient of several awards, including:

  • the American Psychological Association (APA) ‘Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology’;
  • the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’; and
  • the Mayo Clinic ‘William N. Friedrich Lecturer: Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Child Psychology’ award.

John has authored/co-authored over 140 articles, chapters, and encyclopedia entries; 18 books; and 11 trauma-related psychological tests. He has worked, taught, and conducted research in several high-intensity, urban ERs, trauma centers, burn units, and psychiatric clinics. He has also consulted and taught in the areas of torture and sex trafficking.

John Briere’s latest book is “Treating Risky and Compulsive Behavior in Trauma Survivors”. For more information, visit johnbriere.com and Amazon.

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1st hour

Exploring the social/structural contributors to psychological suffering including

  • increasing our sensitivity to the effects of chronic social adversity;
  • considering the possibility of a more accurate “diagnosis” of the client’s mutually reciprocating social and clinical stressors; and
  • applying interventions that take social marginalization into account.

This training offers 1 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals, including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

This course is an intermediate-advanced level.

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