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ICSW Faculty, Gabriel Ruiz, to present at the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute

Oct 10, 2016


Childhood Trauma in Cultural Context

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
975 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132

Tickets: $25 per person

This lecture will help you identify what type and level of trauma is being experienced by a child.  You will also gain a working model of how to begin intervening in a child and family’s life affected by trauma respectful of the child and family’s cultural context.  In particular, you will learn how to intervene to best meet the needs of a child and family dealing with trauma within their respective cultural world.

Today’s children face enormous challenges resulting in both acute and chronic traumatic effects.   When looking at what trauma “is” and how it is “experienced” we must look at the cultural context of the child and family.  When it comes to processing trauma, a child’s culture typically falls on a continuum ranging from the traumatic disruption of a child’s individual mind to the disruption of an entire community’s way of life.

As teachers, clinicians, and professionals, what do we do when it is not only the child’s mind, but the child’s entire cultural way of functioning that is overwhelmed by trauma?  Further, how do cultures that privilege a collective mindset mediate childhood trauma when compared to more individualistic cultures?

For more information or to register please visit: Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute

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