90 Minute Workshop

Counter-Growth: How Working with Trauma Survivors Can Foster Therapists’ Personal Development

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

In the early days of trauma studies it was believed that a traumatic stressor “would evoke significant symptoms of distress in almost anyone” (DSM-III, ApA, 1980). Research soon revealed, however, that the majority of people exposed to a particular type of traumatic event would not go on to develop PTSD. Eventually, a body of investigation emerged suggesting the traumatic events could lead to growth as well as impairment. Analogously, it has long been assumed that working with trauma survivors almost inevitably entailed the risk of secondary traumatization among therapists. In this workshop three therapists at various stages in their careers will discuss how working with trauma survivors has contributed to their own development, illustrating their experiences with personal vignettes. It is argued that just as client transference can elicit therapist counter-transference, client traumatization and resiliency can promote therapist counter-growth.

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Steve N. Gold

Director, Trauma Resolution & Integration Program (TRIP)
Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Steven N Gold, PhD is a Professor at the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Psychology and Director of NSU's Trauma Resolution & Integration Program (TRIP), which he established in 1990. He served as President of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division of Trauma Psychology (56) in 2009, as inaugural editor of the Division’s scientific journal, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy from 2008 through 2014, and in 2014 was recipient of the Division’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology. He also was Editor in Chief of the APA Handbook of Trauma Psychology, published in 2017. In 2004 Dr. Gold served as President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). He is a Fellow of ISSTD and of APA. He authored the book Not Trauma Alone: Therapy for Child Abuse Survivors in Family and Social Context, was founding co-editor of the Journal of Trauma Practice, and guest edited a special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy on the treatment of trauma related disorders. He has been an invited presenter throughout the US and in Argentina, Austria, Canada, Colombia, and Spain. Dr. Gold maintains an independent psychology practice in Plantation, Florida and is regularly is retained as an expert witness in legal cases in which trauma and dissociation appeared to be relevant issues.

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Amy E. Ellis

Junior Research Associate
Albizu University
Miami, Florida

Dr. Ellis received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. During her education, she received intensive training from Dr. Steven Gold, a world-renowned trauma psychologist, for two years as a graduate student at the Trauma Resolution and Integration Program (TRIP), a community mental health center clinic that applies a contextual approach to treating and understanding survivors of prolonged childhood sexual and physical abuse. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Adelphi University and her undergraduate degree from Hofstra University. Dr. Ellis completed her predoctoral internship at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a Harvard University affiliate, and completed her postdoctoral residency at The Renfrew Center of Coconut Creek. Currently, Dr. Ellis is the Research Design and Statistical Consultant to TRIP. Additionally, Dr. Ellis works as a Junior Research Associate at Albizu University. Dr. Ellis is involved in a variety of leadership activities within the American Psychological Association. Dr. Ellis serves on the Editorial Boared of Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy; Professional Psychology: Research & Practice; and Practice Innovations. She is also the Internet Editor for APA’s Division 29 (Psychotherapy) website. Dr. Ellis practices from a contextual model grounded in relational theory. Her research and clinical interests include the application of attachment theory to a wide range of topics, including trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders, parenting, and models of supervision.

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Michael Quiñones

Student
Nova Southeastern University
Pembroke Pines, Florida

Michael Quinones, M.S., is a clinical forensic psychology student and program coordinator for the Trauma Resolution and Integration Program (TRIP) at Nova Southeastern University. Michael is currently a student member of both the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and APA’s Division 29 (Psychotherapy). His research and clinical interests include the application of attachment and developmental theory to a range of topics, including trauma, substance use, forensic settings, and contextual-based models of treatment.

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