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2017 AFTNC Conference
Northbrae Community Church
Berkeley, CA
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Vicarious Resilience and Trauma in Family Therapy.

When working with traumatized clients, we are often impacted by their pain, whether in the process of providing therapy, supervision or humanitarian relief. But we can also learn vicariously from our clients about overcoming adversity. In this workshop, we will look at how clients impact us, through the lens of cultural context. How do we experience both trauma and resilience vicariously, as we engage empathically with clients and their families? How do the social and cultural context of therapy influence the development of vicarious trauma and resilience? We will consider how dimensions of diversity (class, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability) shape our therapy practice and encounters with our clients. Together, we will explore the use of a cultural equity framework for understanding our clients trauma and resilience, and our own as well.

Our work as clinicians, supervisors, and systemic consultants will benefit from identifying the many ways we can impact our clients. We can use the concept of vicarious resilience to track, nurture and sustain us in our work with clients experiencing traumatic stress. In this experiential workshop, we will discuss our own experiences with vicarious trauma, vicarious resilience, and self-care practices. There will be opportunities to work with vignettes in small groups, and to practice highlighting examples of vicarious resilience via culturally-informed conversation.

Dr. Pilar Hernández-Wolfe is an Associate Professor in the Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy Program at Lewis and Clark College and she has a private practice in Portland, Oregon. She is guest faculty at the Centro de Terapia Familiar y de Pareja in Puebla, México and at the Universidad Javeriana, Cali, and Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, in Colombia. Her work is widely published in numerous family therapy and psychology journals. She is the author of A Borderlands view of Latinos, Latin Americans and Decolonization. Rethinking Mental Health. She pioneered the concept of vicarious resilience in the context of torture survivor treatment in the U.S. and mental health services addressing politically based violence in Colombia. Her work on vicarious resilience was first published by Family Process in 2007.


Friday October 20th: 1-5 PM, social hour & Dinner at 6PM
Saturday Oct. 21st: 9am - 4pm
10 CEUs available for $25

Dinner on Friday and Lunch on Saturday are included. After purchase, there will be a set of questions regarding food options.

Please Note: This conference is intended for mental health professionals and trainees.
Unlike past years, lodging is not included in this year's conference.

CEs are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resources Center. CEs for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program. Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is a California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP10318) for licensed nurses in California through the cosponsorship of Institute of Noetic Sciences. California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. For questions about CE visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at david.lukoff@gmail.com
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Northbrae Community Church (View)
941 The Alameda
Berkeley, CA 94707
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Conventions

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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