January 25 is the date for the annual educational conference sponsored by Menninger and Yellowbrick in Evanston, Ill.
This year's conference, entitled Trauma, Culture and Identity, will feature Shweta Sharma, PsyD, pictured, a psychologist on Menninger's Compass Program for Young Adults, and Yellowbrick's Jung Mi Yi, PsyD, and Michael Losoff, PhD.
Dr. Sharma will present Trauma and Culture: Mentalizing and Culturally Responsive Trauma Interventions. She will outline a mentalizing approach to addressing the core traumatic experience of feeling psychologically alone in unbearable emotional states by drawing on perspectives from developmental psychology, attachment theory and the neurobiological understanding of mental processes. She will also explore the cultural considerations in understanding trauma, its complex and nuanced clinical manifestations and the potentially arduous process of healing.
Drs. Yi and Losoff will present Posttraumatic Connection, Recovery and Growth: Why Gender Matters in the Treatment of Complex Trauma and PTSD.
The conference is free and will be held at Yellowbrick in Evanston, Ill.
Continuing education credits will be provided for a $25 service fee. 4.0 hours will be available to psychologists, registered social workers, marriage and family therapists and counselors.
Participants are welcome to attend a continental breakfast, which will begin at 8 am. Presentations start at 9 am and end at 12:15 pm CT.