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Psychological and Therapeutic Considerations When a Child Suffers a Medical Trauma

Medical trauma is detrimental to a child. Yet, this trauma is easily mitigated if a parent discloses the diagnosis in a manner that is developmentally appropriate and empathic.  Keeping these two themes in mind is equally important as both parent and therapist work together to help the child adjust to their illness. Past trauma, character, and the mind and body connection, are also aspects about the child that should be considered when working through issues of adjustment to illness. It is my hope that this discussion equips therapists with the skills necessary to treat children who have, or will, encounter medical trauma.


Dr. Erin Leonard is a graduate of The Institute for Clinical Social Work.  She has been a practicing psychotherapist for 15 years. Currently, she practices in Indiana with Dr. Sonego and Associates. During her time at Children’s Memorial Medical Center, she was awarded the Shaw Research Award. Also, she is an award-winning author of 4 books. Her most recent book is entitled Loving Well, The Key to Satisfying and Joyful Relationships, which received the Bronze Living Now Award in 2016. Dr. Leonard is also an author for Parenting, and a key note speaker.

When & Where

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
6:00 – 8:30 pm

At ICSW: Downtown Chicago
401 S. State St.
Suite 822
Chicago, IL 60605

Registration & CEUs

Registration: $35.00

THIS EVENT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE VIA LIVE STREAM – for more information about joining through synchronous session, please email Elizabeth Oller (

Three Continuing Education Credits Available for LSW/LCSWs, LPC/LCPCs, et al.


For questions or more information contact Elizabeth Oller or (312) 935-4245.