Saturday, January 20th, 2018

The Trauma Story: An Empathic and Therapeutic Conversation with the Survivor

This Webinar focuses on learning a simple culture base and scientific techniques for listening to and using the trauma story therapeutically in all social services and health care settings. Dr. Richard Mollica outlines the scientific basis of the therapeutic power of personal disclosure and the trauma narrative. Offered is a simple approach to listening to and using the trauma story in all social service and health services while learning the therapeutic power of self-healing and the survivor as a teacher framework.

Drawing from Dr. Richard Mollica’s more than thirty years of experience, the Webinar reviews the four main elements of the personal narrative: the factual accounting of events, understanding the cultural meanings of trauma, helping a survivor reach deep insights and reframe the trauma experience, and the fundamental importance of the listener/storyteller relationship.

Richard F. Mollica, M.D., M.A.R. is the Director of the Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma (HPRT) of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed his Psychiatry residency at Yale Medical School. While at Yale he also trained in epidemiology and received a philosophy degree from the Divinity School. In 1981, Dr. Mollica co-founded the Indochinese Psychiatry Clinic (IPC), one of the first clinical programs for refuges in the United States. Over the past two decades HPRT and IPC have pioneered the mental health care of survivors of mass violence and torture. HPRT/IPC’s clinical model has been replicated throughout the world.

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