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Suffering is Not an Illness: Colonialism and Countertransference in the
Treatment of Trauma


This presentation will introduce three insufficiently drawn distinctions with regard to suffering and trauma which, when clarified, helps avoid narcissistic pitfalls and helps marshal individual and cultural processes of mourning and justice, necessary to work through psychic and social suffering.

Friday, December 7, 2012 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm*

Special guest lecturer, Steven Reisner, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst in New York and is President-Elect of Psychologist for Social Responsibility. He has been a consultant on the treatment of trauma and torture

This event is free, RSVP by emailing


The participant will be able to:

Identify the distinctions of suffering and trauma which occur in the treatment of trauma.

Discuss possible countertransference pitfalls that may occur in trauma work.

Explain the concepts of cultural processes of mourning and justice as they apply to trauma work.  

Discuss the process of working through psychic social suffering as it may occur in trauma work.

* For those interested there will be an Informational Open House at 6:00 pm.