Wednesday, November 7, 2018

8:00am - 9:00am Registration 
9:00am - Presentation Begins
12:00pm - 1:00pm - lunch (provided)
4:00pm - Presentation Ends

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Butcher Block Restaurant 
15 Booth Drive
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

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$40 per person

Lunch is included.


Amanda Camper 
NFI Vermont, INC 





Kenneth V. Hardy, PhD

November 7th, 2018 in Plattsburgh, NY


Towards a Psychology of the Oppressed:

Treating the Invisible Wounds of Sociocultural Trauma

Trauma is a pervasive and debilitating experience that acutely affects the lives of many and underpins virtually every request for therapy. As healthcare providers, working effectively in these times of unprecedented turmoil requires us to have a comprehensive understanding of the nuances of trauma and how it affects the everyday experiences of those we serve. Unfortunately, our understanding, and ultimately our work with clients is often constrained by narrow and classical definitions of trauma. Our narrow focus on the more individually oriented manifestations of trauma such as abuse, neglect, abandonment and violence has made the more seemingly benign, yet equally debilitating, incidents of socio-cultural trauma much harder to acknowledge. We are in need of a new way of thinking about trauma.  Not only must we be poised to skillfully address the ravaging effects of violence in the families, but we must also be able to see and respond, with impeccable clarity and purpose, for example, to the ways in which living life pinned against the margins of society is also a devastating, impenetrable, intergenerationally transmitted trauma that is difficult to treat. Current models for assessing and treating trauma have been virtually mute with regard to the establishment of treatment protocols designed to address the pangs and pain of socio- cultural trauma.  This address will provide new and fresh ideas for re-thinking trauma through the prism of oppression. Clinical strategies and relevant Self of the Therapist issues will be discussed.


  1. To enhance participants understanding of the anatomy of oppression;
  2. To assist participants in identifying the hidden wounds of socio-cultural trauma;
  3. To provide participants with effective strategies for treating the hidden wounds of sociocultural trauma;
  4. To encourage participants to explore relevant Self of the Therapist issues that may facilitate or impede one’s work with oppressed clients and sociocultural trauma.

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