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ISTSS Webinar: Trauma from an Intersectional Perspective

Presented by the Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity SIG

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (U.S. Eastern)
Cost: FREE

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Intersectionality has been a buzzword in the mental health arena for some time, but what does it really mean—and how does it affect the treatment of trauma? Please join this panel of international experts as we discuss timely issues such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism and how these factors influence the trauma recovery process, particularly when multiplied. We will explore how a multiply marginalized person experiences the world around them, leading to trauma experiences significantly different from trauma survivors of the more dominant cultural groups. ISTSS President Dr. Debra Kaysen will moderate this can’t-miss panel.

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Consider the impact of Criterion A traumas versus minority stressors on functioning and the clinical implications of this distinction in treatment planning. 
  2. Examine the intersections of identity and how they relate to stressors and trauma in terms of what stressors are experienced, how those stressors impact functioning and how others respond to those experiences. 
  3. Identify the contribution of an intersectional lens for understanding experiences and how that can inform treatment and social justice movements. 

Speakers

Moderator:

Debra Kaysen, PhD
Stanford University

Kaysen-headshot.jpgDebra Kaysen, PhD, is a professor at Stanford University in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and is a research psychologist at the Dissemination and Implementation Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Palo Alto. In addition, Dr. Kaysen is the current president for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dr. Kaysen’s area of expertise is increasing access to care in the treatment of PTSD and related disorders across settings and populations.


Panelists:

Juliette McClendon, PhD
VA Boston Healthcare System; Boston University School of Medicine

mcclendon-headshot.jpgDr. Juliette McClendon is a psychologist in the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston and assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. McClendon is a clinical psychologist who studies the role of racism and discrimination in shaping racial/ethnic mental health disparities and the identification of intervention approaches that can mitigate the impact of racism-related stress and trauma on health.


Soraya Seedat, MBChB, MMed (Psych), PhD
Stellenbosch University

Soraya Seedat is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and executive head of the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University. Her research focuses on gene-brain-behavior interactions in trauma in PTSD, anxiety disorders, NeuroAIDS and fetal alcohol syndrome. She directs the SAMRC Genomics of Brain Disorders Research Unit and holds the South African Research Chair in PTSD. 
 


Jillian C. Shipherd, PhD
VA Boston Healthcare System; Boston University School of Medicine

Jillian C. Shipherd, PhD, is a clinical research psychologist at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System and a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Shipherd serves as Director for the LGBT Health Program at the Veterans Health Administration in Washington D.C. Dr. Shipherd’s area of expertise is the interface of mental and physical health subsequent to trauma with a focus on sexual and gender minority populations.