Plenary Sessions

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 Plenary Sessions

 Saturday, 25 October 2014,  8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD

Institutional Betrayal

Institutional betrayal refers to wrongdoings perpetrated by an institution upon individuals dependent on that institution. In an extension of betrayal trauma theory, we have begun to articulate dimensions of both institutional betrayal and its reparation -- institutional courage.  We have also conducted empirical research on the impact institutional betrayal has on individuals within institutions, with a focus on institutional response to military and campus sexual assault. Our research indicates that institutional betrayal can be associated with betrayal blindness and that it can exacerbate the harm of sexual trauma.  For instance, sexually-assaulted students who were treated poorly by their institutions show significantly greater levels of dissociation, anxiety, and other trauma-specific symptoms (Smith & Freyd, 2013).  We have found heightened effects for LGBT-identified students compared to heterosexual students and we have also uncovered some of the specific mechanisms by which universities currently fail to prevent sexual assault and cause additional harm to victims. Our research reveals areas of institutional policy and practice that could and should be targeted for improvement so that we can move from institutional betrayal to institutional courage.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

Define institutional betrayal and its relationship with betrayal trauma theory and betrayal blindness.
Learn about the research indicating that institutional betrayal can cause harm to individuals.
Suggest remedies that institutions can take to decrease institutional betrayal and increase institutional courage.

Sunday, 26 October 2014,  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Gail S. Goodman, PhD

Trauma & Memory in Children and Adolescents

In this keynote address, Professor Gail S. Goodman from the University of California, Davis will review scientific research on children's and adults' memory for trauma. Professor Goodman has conducted research relevant to trauma, abuse, and memory development for 30 years. Despite the challenges involved in such research, much has been learned. Basics of memory development will be covered as well as information on factors that affect children's and adults' disclosures of and memory accuracy for traumatic experiences. Predictors of accuracy and errors will be described. Relations to psychopathology (e.g., Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociative Disorders) will be considered. Much of the research focuses on child sexual abuse allegations. The research methods include laboratory studies, analysis of actual cases of child maltreatment, survey research, and field studies. This research has implications, on the one hand, for how trauma memory translates to therapy and, on the other hand, to the effects of therapy on memory of trauma. The research is geared toward an understanding of the accuracy of victims' memory when they serve as witnesses in legal cases.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

Describe how research is conducted on memory development, especially as relevant to trauma memory.
Describe an overview of current research findings on abuse memory.
Discuss research on victims as potential witnesses in legal cases.


 Sunday, 26 October 2014,  3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


  Rick Goodwin, MSW, RSW: Executive Director of 1in6 Canada
Steve LePore, Founder and Executive Director of 1in6, Inc.

Strength & Courage; Addressing Men's Experiences of Childhood Sexual Abuse

The charting of territory concerning male sexual trauma is just now being explored.  Perhaps a good generation behind the advent of service development for women who have faced sexual victimization, men's experiences of childhood sexual abuse are  still "common, under-reported, under-recognized, and under-treated." (AMA, 1998).   This plenary session will weave the work that is necessary for us to do:
engage in public awareness, address aspects of male psychology, establish programming competence, and facilitate the establishment of bricks and mortar services.  By reflecting of the pioneering efforts in both the United States and Canada, we will reflect on what it will take to address the healing of men.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

Describe the collision of male psychology and the experience of childhood victimization.

Explain the political, social, and cultural contexts of male sexual abuse and in doing so, participants can articulate these as barriers to effectively addressing this issue.

Formulate the basic requirements of creating effective individual, group, and community engagement of men in their quest for healing and recovery.


Monday, 27 October 2014,  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


 Constance J. Dalenberg, Ph.D.

Countertransference and transference crises in working with traumatized patients.

Wachtel (1982) once wrote that psychotherapy is no profession for any person who likes certainty, predictability or a fairly constant sense that ones knows what one is doing.  Traumatized patients are over-represented among those patients who will love you intensely, those who will hate you intensely, those who will want to stay forever and those who will terminate precipitously.  Using the data from the San Diego Countertransference Study, together with supplemental studies conducted by myself and my graduate students, I will discuss in this talk the central themes in the psychotherapy crises seen most often in traumatized patients, and the subcategory of crises seen most often in dissociative patients.  With each of three common crises, we will try together to derive some lessons from patient descriptions of therapists who handled the crisis well (at least according to this patient in retrospect) and those who handled the crisis less well.  We will also discuss why these particular crises arise, and how they might be pre-emptively addressed in psychotherapy with volatile clients.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

1. Name 3 common psychotherapy crises that are named by traumatized patients.

2. Name 2 distinct types of crisis that occur more commonly in the dissociative sub-population.

3. Describe 2 methods of managing crises in traumatized patients.


Updated 26 June 2014

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