Intergenerational Trauma of Plurality Cultural Incompetence
What happens when the trauma being passed down by “generations” is happening in the therapeutic setting? How has the therapeutic setting adapted like other models, such as medical and disability and LTBQ models, to empower clients rather than oppressing them? What has been the impact of the unfolding culture of plurality over the last thirty years, and what is the therapist’s role in that community? Come learn about the culture of plurality, how to interpret and respect it in the therapeutic office, and how to empower clients in their own experience of their own identity. Learn the “lingo” of plurality, why it matters, and how to effectively interact with (and treat!) someone who identifies as “plural” – regardless of any reported trauma history. Study how the timeline of the development of trauma treatment has its own generational trauma pattern, and hear examples of how plurals are trying to break the cycle. This eye-opening session will change how you interact with your clients, while providing a level of cultural competency still lacking from our training programs – a critical aspect of any ethical practice with cultural humility.
This session was originally presented as a live virtual conference session in October 2021.
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Define plurality as a culture and a community
- Identify patterns of community expression that reinforce dissociation
- Distinguish between dissociative experiences and behaviors and plurality as an identity
- Manage plural presentations that deny any trauma history
- Practice culturally competent interactions and approaches appropriate for plural identity
Presenter: Emily Christensen, PhD, LCPC
Presenter Bio: Emily Christensen earned her BS in Human Development, her MS in Professional Counseling, her MDiv in Pastoral Counseling, and her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. She works as licensed clinical counselor and as a community and hospital chaplain, as well as in the role of the ISSTD Professional Training Program Administrator. She also serves ISSTD on the Annual Conference Committee, the Communications & Marketing Committee, the Membership Committee, DID Awareness Day WorkGroup, and the United Nations WorkGroup. She has served as secretary for the Inpatient and the Vicarious Trauma Special Interest Groups. As a licensed clinical counselor, she has been in private practice since 2004, with additional experience in ER triage, inpatient psychiatric, residential treatment, school-based, and outpatient settings. Dr. Christensen is currently the international clinical coordinator for humanitarian aid organizations offering counseling and trauma resiliency training to government leaders, humanitarian aid workers, and first responders in war zones, refugee camps, and natural disaster sites. She lectures internationally about trauma and resiliency,and she is the voice behind "System Speak: A Podcast About Dissociative Identity Disorder", which airs in 86 countries around the world thus far. Besides numerous syndicated articles online about mental health issues, she is the author of the memoir “If Tear Were Prayers: A Life With Dissociative Identity Disorder”, which is available on SystemSpeak.org. She has also authored the memoir "Keeping Kyrie" about the gathering of her family through foster care and medical trauma experiences, as well as the author of children’s books about Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Deafness with Cochlear Implants, G-Tubes, Special Needs Siblings, and Adoption after Relinquishment of Rights.
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