Vicarious Traumatization, Resilience, and Transformation, presented by Laurie Anne Pearlman at CFS

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Contemporary Freudian Society: NY Division

Scientific Program: Friday, December 7, 2012, 8:00 – 9:30 pm, The Culture Center, 410 Columbus Avenue (between 79th & 80th) Free admission.

Vicarious Traumatization, Resilience, and Transformation
Laurie Anne Pearlman, PhD, presenter

In their work with traumatized patients, clinicians find themselves affected by the pain in people’s lives. The negative transformation in the therapist resulting from trauma work has been termed ‘vicarious traumatization’ or VT. This presentation will provide a framework for normalizing and understanding VT, as distinct from countertransference and burnout. The session will include a discussion of ways to address and transform vicarious traumatization.
Laurie Anne Pearlman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and independent trauma consultant based in western Massachusetts. She publishes and presents nationally and internationally on both direct and indirect psychological trauma. She is a member of the complex trauma task force of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; a fellow of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence and of the Trauma Division of the American Psychological Association (APA) and chair of Trauma Division Fellows committee; senior psychological consultant for the Headington Institute; co-founder and immediate past president of the Trauma Research, Education, and Training Institute; and co-founder and former co-director and research director of the Traumatic Stress Institute/Center for Adult & Adolescent Psychotherapy. She is currently collaborating on a book about treating traumatic bereavement. Since 1999, she has been working with Professor Ervin Staub on promoting trauma recovery and preventing violence in east Africa.
Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to explain a theoretical framework for understanding their responses to working with traumatized patients.

2. Participants will identify elements of a framework for preventing or minimizing VT. 

3. Participants will be able to describe ways they can transform their own responses to working with traumatized patients.

Who Should Attend:
Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, eg, LP’s, LCAT’s, pastoral counselors), and people with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and clinical applications.
CE Credits:
Psychologists: The Contemporary Freudian Society is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. CFS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance and completed evaluation forms. Attendance is monitored. Credit will not be granted to registrants who arrive late, or depart early. It is the responsibility of participants seeking CE credits to comply with the requirements outlined below. Upon completion of these requirements, participants will be given 1.5 CE credits.
Registration Fees:
There is no fee for attending this program.
Basic Certification of Attendance forms will be provided to ATR-BC’s and others at no charge.
The fee for 1.5 CE Credits for Members of CFS and Candidates of the PTI of CFS is $15, and for all others it is $30. If you would like CE credit, please give your email address to the identified person at the end of the program. An evaluation form will be emailed to you. You will receive a PDF via email of your CE credits upon receipt of a hard copy of the completed evaluation form and your check (written to CFS).
Important disclosure information:
None of the planners and presenters of this CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Vivian Eskin, PhD, at
CFS-NY Scientific Program Committee
Vivian Eskin, Chair; Ani Buk, Richard DeBenedetto, Kristina MacGaffin, Batya Monder
The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of CFS offers a variety of programs in both New York City and Washington, DC for students interested in adult psychoanalysis, child/adolescent psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and parent-infant treatment. Our NY Adult Psychoanalysis Program is registered as licensure qualifying by the NYSED. All Masters-level and Doctoral-Level professionals are welcome to apply. Please visit for further information.

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