90 Minute Workshop

Matching Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Trauma Survivors’ Symptom Profiles

Monday, March 26
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Wilson

Recent research supports the targeted application of mindfulness and self-compassion practices for treating dissociation, intrusions, avoidance, numbing, depression, shame, and self-criticism. Using techniques drawn from this workshop, therapists can design their own mindfulness and self-compassion skillsets to enhance their current treatment paradigms and personal resilience. This workshop’s skills are suitable for a diverse range of adult and adolescent trauma survivors; for universal, selected, and indicated prevention programs; and for all healthcare providers. The workshop will describe the scientific literature regarding mindfulness and self-compassion interventions to reduce symptoms of PTSD, complex trauma, and related challenges. The workshop will also guide experiential practices so that participants can evaluate and contrast the utility of several different mindfulness and self-compassion skills. Participants will (a) identify the core components of trauma-sensitive contemplative practice; (b) distinguish differences among trauma symptom profiles that can inform the implementation of specific mindfulness and self-compassion skills; (c) choose mindfulness and self-compassion techniques best suited to each trauma survivor’s symptom profile; and (d) apply contemplative practices to their own personal and professional challenges. Following this workshop, trauma treatment providers can continue to practice specific mindfulness and self-compassion techniques to manage each person’s unique symptom profile.

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Rachel E. Goldsmith

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Seattle, Washington

Rachel Goldsmith is a clinical psychologist, research scientist, and adjunct faculty member the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and at Seattle University. In her clinical work, she has provided a range of individual and group treatments for trauma and related conditions, including mindfulness-based approaches for PTSD and depression as well as “Self-Talk” therapy groups to transform self-criticism into self-encouragement. Dr. Turow directs an active research program that addresses the ways that mindfulness, self-compassion, emotion regulation, trauma appraisals, and social contexts influence trauma recovery. As a former faculty member of Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Turow started the hospital’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy-based program, supervised psychology and medical trainees, and trained United States military medical personnel to manage others’ trauma responses during deployment. Dr. Turow has written dozens of scientific articles and book chapters, along with the book Mindfulness Skills for Trauma and PTSD: Practices for Recovery and Resilience (Norton Professional Books, 2017). She is a national and international speaker on topics related to posttraumatic stress, mindfulness, self-compassion, coping with cancer, and environmental psychology. A reviewer for several professional journals, she serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.


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