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Loyola University Chicago


16th Annual Joan Greenstone Lecture

Please join us for the 16th Annual Joan Greenstone Lecture.
Shared Trauma: When Personal Trauma Impacts Professional Practice.

  • Increasingly, more clinicians find themselves exposed to and practicing in environments that could be characterized as traumatological.
  • Terms such as compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and secondary trauma do not adequately convey the profound impact that collective catastrophic events, such as natural disasters, and the 9/11 terrorist attack, can have on the therapist’s life. Shared trauma describes the lasting, transformative changes to one’s self-concept when clinician and client experience the same traumatic event.
  • The therapist, in such situations, functions in a dual capacity, as both fellow victim and clinician, potentially leading to a blurring of personal and professional boundaries. Issues of therapeutic intimacy and traumatic countertransference are prominent and may compel the therapist to self-disclose.
  • The presentation will include discussion of case material and research related to shared trauma.

Contact Information

Enza Piech
School of Social Work
820 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 915-6977

Date & Location

Date: 3/21/2014
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Loyola University Museum of Art
820 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611


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