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 IS AVAILABLE VIA LIVE STREAM – to stream this event, please complete registration and then contact Sebastién Beaudet.

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

The Institute for Clinical Social Work, License # 159-0000152, is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education Credits for the Illinois Department of Federal and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)


For questions or more information contact Shawna Jennings or 312-935-4234.