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When Helpers Hurt: Understanding and Working with Medical Trauma

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12141 Ladue Rd.

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When Helpers Hurt: Understanding and Working with Medical Trauma

Presented by: Austin Wilmot, MSW, LCSW

For an infant or child, medical procedures and interventions, even those seemingly minor in nature, can present a source of trauma that is, at best, understood and attended to by caregivers and medical professionals, and, at worst, forgotten about or denied entirely. For adolescents and adults, a higher cognitive level of functioning provides the capacity for understanding more about how someone that does something hurtful can be a helpful act carried out by a good person. Nevertheless, implications of medical trauma across the lifespan warrant attention for how these issues enter psychotherapeutic treatment, as well as how to engage medical personnel and caregivers in building awareness and skills for modulating the potential for traumatization whenever possible.

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