NP0024 The Latest Advances in Trauma Treatment: New Perspectives on PTSD

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Trauma in Context with Kenneth V. Hardy


The Latest Advances in Trauma Treatment: NP0024 – Session 4

Discover the relevance of trauma issues like family dynamics, poverty, and racism with Kenneth V. Hardy, the director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships. In this session, you’ll learn how to broaden your clinical frame of reference to address the sociocultural factors that can keep traumatized clients stuck.

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

09.13.2012   Posted In: NP0024 The Latest Advances in Trauma Treatment: New Perspectives on PTSD   By Candice Dexter
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  • 0 avatar Maryrita Wieners 09.13.2012 12:07
    Is anyone else having trouble connecting today?
    • 0 avatar Tina Denison 09.13.2012 12:27
      Don't know if our comments are being posted or not. I can see yours.
  • Not available avatar PN Support 09.13.2012 12:16
    Hi Maryrita,

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  • 0 avatar Tina Denison 09.13.2012 12:25
    I struggle with being able to afford these courses from Psychotherapy Networker, but this is an example why, in the end, I opt to take courses from you. This is one of the most relevant and useful CE courses I have had the privilege to attend. I am working with a 14-ear-old boy who has an intractable loathing for his mother. I find myself frequently puzzling over what I might do that could be helpful for him, as he has slid into the place of distance, anger, and silence. The specifics of wondering if there is any traction in our sessions, wondering if there is something wrong with my approach due to the sudden monosyllabic answers and long stretches of silence (we make art while this unfolds) are issues I ponder during and after sessions. I know he is having at least a very positive interaction with an adult female. My supervisor urges me to continue working with him, no matter what. His rage is so tangible. This webinar gave me hope and a willingness to just be in the room with him, encouraging him to pick his own music, to just sit and noodle around. I demonstrate my respect for him by conscious a willingness to not force him to talk feeling-talk or any other kind of chatting and to respect his righteously constructed boundaries. Yeah. I can now get the importance of just sitting in the room, making stuff, listening to his music. To contextualize my comments and experience, I am a 60-year-old LMSW who has lived the life of an artist, a rebel, and an advocate. Outsiders and "outlaws" do well with me, as they recognize a kindred spirit.
  • -0.1 avatar Alyson Slutzky 09.13.2012 13:10
    I too really enjoyed today's session! My previous job, before going into private practice, was in an inner city hospital in oncology. I had an older female patient, who initially loved me when I helped her with some medical bills. But later on, she didn't like the news from the oncologist, and told the doctor, the nurse practitioner, and me (the social worker) that she hated all of us. She had very little trust of others. From Dr. Hardy's work with these youths, I can also imagine how I might have worked with this woman too. I feel like she was a grown up version of a troubled youth. Thank you for giving me a new perspective of my work. Excellent webinar today! Thank you!
  • Not available avatar Colleen Crary 09.13.2012 13:26
    Because I am up to my neck working with diverse cultures in trauma care, I can see where I have fallen short in my work to serve this population. Thank you Dr. Hardy for raising the bar and challenging all of us to redouble our commitment to join you in slowing down, taking in the cultural context and confronting and knowing our own "whiteness"...Please continue your pioneering and ground-breaking approach to healing this under-served population. And your perceptions about "recovery from training", really looking at your patients and thinking outside the "training box" to make meaningful change for young people who are considered "irredeemable" by our racist society--pure genius. I look forward to learning more from you.

    With great respect and humility,
  • Not available avatar LMLPC 09.13.2012 13:35
    This was a really compelling session. I love the idea of finding the heroic and it reminded me of the early work I did with inmates at the local jail (wish I had had the benefits of training with Dr. Hardy then!). At one point I had the idea that Dr. Hardy was suggesting using their stories of being victims to develop empathy for others. What I think now is that telling the stories and naming the wounds helps to build empathy for themselves. Wonderful. I'd like more! And thanks.
  • Not available avatar Catherine White 09.13.2012 13:37
    Thanks for this session, Dr. Hardy. I work with a 15 year old boy who has not been violent toward others, but has thought about it. I got most traction with him when I was willing to let go of "therapy as usual," and it has felt very isolated doing this. I can also see some areas where I could have/would have done some things differently, especially as it regards working with his family. I would love to hear more about helping families bridge the gaps that exist. I appreciated what you said: If I stop being an activiist I probably also stop being a therapist. At times we have to be strong on our clients' behalf, see them when others dont, and advocate for services, Thanks so much for all you do.
  • 0 avatar Anne Lindsay 09.13.2012 14:34
    Dr. Hardy, what you have said today is most helpful. As a 2010 graduate with a specialization in trauma, this was a wonderful reminder of all that I learned: slow down, nurture a trusting relationship, stay slow and steady, titrate very carefully as the relationship evolves, name what is happening, gently challenge,..... And I love the "what has happened to you" question. Genius. And respectful. A way to avoid implying that someone is broken. And I love the way you identify as someone who also has experiences that your client might be feeling. A beautiful way to create a relationship. I learned in school to not self disclose but more and more, I think that some careful self-disclosure helps to bridge some very wide gaps. Thank you for your wisdom.
  • 0 avatar Lori Rampone 09.13.2012 18:35
    Excellent presentation! My thanks to Rich for asking the important question about how to connect with clients whom are culturally different. For example, illustrating how a white, female therapist should interact with a young, black male.
  • Not available avatar Mary Beth 09.14.2012 14:57
    Thank you for sharing your tried-and-true tools, and for keeping important issues on the fronts of our minds. I truly respect and admire your skill and experience.
  • Not available avatar carolyn Spencer 09.15.2012 11:33
    This was one of the best webcast so far in my opinion up to date. This conversation about what we did not learn in school should continue. It really focused on teenagers, those with and without pathology. It may not be a "color thing" but it will always be a "respect thing". What I took away was how to earn the relationship differently. We take so many academic tests to earn this license. Which I appreciate and feel it is necessary. However, the tests that we step into with teenage clients have proven to me to be my best teachers. Kenneth, thank you. I am humbled and much better after listening. Really looking forward to trying some your questions out with my teens. I also think Parents need to be educated on the reality of how much time it may take to earn trust with a teen, if ever or at all. Its not like a car wash you know! So grateful! Thanks -
  • 0 avatar Harvey Wolf 09.16.2012 10:17
    Very useful and informative presentation. I wish we'd had more time with Dr. Hardy. I have worked with non minority populations who have been marginalized for various reasons and have been dealing with the traumas of chronic/life threatening illnesses. So much of what Dr. Hardy related is fully applicable with these clients as well. The concept of the "invisible trauma" is very important. Phases of therapy described are very helpful. Thank you. Harvey Wolf/clinical health psychologist,Arlington Hts.,Ill.
  • Not available avatar Sue Cirillo 09.17.2012 00:57
    Thank you Dr. Hardy. A most helpful discussion.
  • Not available avatar Andrew Schwartz 09.17.2012 10:13
    Satisfying. I only recently graduated from a masters program to be a therapist and the closest we came to this kind of subject matter was the class called "diversity." But that class dealt so much in political generalities, and to me was so oriented around tossing the shame hot potato without being aware of it, it would have benefited greatly from having this interview be a part of it. "Keeping it real" is not something we all do naturally; thanks Dr. Hardy for being a good example for us all.
  • Not available avatar Sheila Henry 09.17.2012 12:14
    I was particularly impressed with the idea of talking about my whiteness. I am an older white woman beginning to work with a lot of prostitutes who are trying to break the cycle. Many of the women are black and I have not talked to them about race. Yet I think race plays an important role in their life. Respect is also an important element with them.
  • Not available avatar Gail Kallend 09.17.2012 22:24
    I am having trouble with the connection tonight.I began this afternoon ... no trouble then, but I was unable to finish. I logged on again tonight at 10pm CST and the webinar froze after less than 2 minutes.
    Is it possible to extend access for an extra day?
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