Cultural Competence in Trauma Treatment

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CE Credit: 3

Length: 2 hours 30 minutes

Exam Items: 7

Trauma does not occur to a generic human being. Rather, trauma interacts with the unique set of characteristics and experiences that each person brings to their encounter with dangerous, painful, and disruptive events. Even the most effective treatment will work less well with trauma survivors when cultural competence is not woven into trauma therapies. This workshop will introduce participants to a paradigm for thinking about the range and variety of cultural locations and intersecting identities that come into play when a person experiences trauma. We will consider a number of possible strategies for identifying what constitute trauma, going beyond DSM IV definitions to feminist and multicultural formulations. We will explore how therapists can enhance their cultural competence by considering how gender, ethnicity, culture, social class, and other markers of social location combine with experiences of power and powerlessness to lend special vulnerabilities as well as special competencies and resiliencies to trauma survivors.

Learning Objective 1
the concepts of multiple intersecting identities and social locations, using the ADDRESSING model as a paradigm


Learning Objective 2
aversive bias and privilege, and their effects on cultural competence in therapy


Learning Objective 3
Acquire basic information about effective trauma treatments and understand how each one supports culturally competent intervention


Learning Objective 4
Acquire information about a range of definitions of trauma


Learning Objective 5
Comprehend how social location creates enhanced vulnerability as well as enhance resilience in response to trauma


Presenter: Laura S. Brown, Ph.D. ABPP


Laura S. Brown, Ph.D. ABPP is Director of the Fremont Community Therapy Project and in independent practice in Seattle, WA. She is the author of over 120 professional articles and book chapters, and 11 books, including Cultural competence in trauma treatment: Beyond the flashback, published by APA. She was the 2010 President of the Division of Trauma Psychology of APA, and has taught on this and related topics in the U.S, Canada Taiwan, Israel, and the Netherlands.