90 Minute Workshop

Through the Eyes of a Child: A Non-pathologizing Approach to the Treatment of Trauma

Monday, March 26
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Salon 3

This presentation will demonstrate that rather than “manage” difficult behaviors, clinicians need to view current symptoms from their original state; that is, when the client was a child, trying to survive. Using case examples, the presenters will illustrate how helping clients to see through the eyes of a child, is a transformative experience. Symptoms such as suicidality, self-harm, persistent depression and anxiety come to be viewed as helpful coping skills developed at an early age, when the options for survival were limited. When seen through this lens, symptoms are honored and respected, and clients begin to see themselves as human beings who fought, and continue to fight, for the right to live, in spite of surface appearances. This presentation will demonstrate how seeing symptoms through the eyes of a child, helps keep the therapeutic process moving in a way that benefits both clinicians and clients. Participants will leave with practical explanations, specific techniques, and tools for working with traumatized clients.


Case examples, didactic information and group discussion will be used in the presentation. 

Learning Objectives:

Joanne Zucchetto

Lead Therapist
Psychiatric Institute of Washington
Silver Spring, Maryland

Joanne Zucchetto is the Lead Therapist, Clinical Supervisor and part of the Senior Management Team, at The Center: Posttraumatic Disorders program in Washington DC. She also has a busy private practice, working with individuals and groups in Friendship Heights, Washington DC. She has a BA in Psychology from Hunter College, NYC, and a MSW from University of Maryland. She became interested in trauma work later in life, when she was pursuing her MSW and began working with the clients no one else wanted to work with. She worked for many years in the trauma program at Sheppard Pratt, before moving to the Center. She has worked with hundreds of trauma survivors over the years, in groups, individually and with families.


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Simone Jacobs

Takoma Therapy
Silver Spring, Maryland

Simone Jacobs is a therapist in private practice in Takoma Park, MD. She is a graduate of Kings College, London University. After moving to the USA, she went back to school, and received an MSW in Social Work, from Smith College in Northampton. It was during an internship at Smith that Simone first encountered the Center for PTSD. Upon receiving her Masters, she worked in Child Welfare on the Sex Abuse Treatment team, to try and understand the issues from the child’s perspective. She returned to the Center and worked on the inpatient and outpatient units, where she learned from a team of clinicians specializing in the treatment of trauma. Her current focus in private practice is working with Black women, exploring the intersections of race, gender, and intergenerational trauma.


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