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Program Description:
This workshop highlights the therapeutic factors in effective work with individuals and families who have experienced trauma across the lifespan. Dr. Ilana Berman will spell out practices, principles, and mechanisms in culturally sensitive trauma care, what makes a story safe and helpful, and how to do this with clients. She will illustrate these using examples and experiential practices with grounding, titration, and narrative work. The approach she shares will be informed by evidence-based treatments (e.g., Trauma-Focused CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy) and evidence-based principles including attachment theory, socioecological models and family systems, and research on multiculturalism and intergenerational trauma.


Trainer: Ilana Berman, Ph.D. has been affiliated with the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Psychology & Neuroscience since 2020 and is passionate about community-based clinical work and research with individuals and families affected by trauma, adversity, and challenging experiences in childhood and young adulthood. Her research and publications focus on trauma and trauma-focused practices with diverse populations. She uses strengths-based, family-systems, intergenerational, and lifespan perspectives to consider contextual factors in the process of promoting resiliency and healing. She has practiced in a variety of community settings, including a women’s prison, domestic violence agencies, and home-visiting programs with underserved populations. Dr. Berman also mentors students and trainees, and provides community consultation and educational presentations for agencies, service providers, and families.


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

1. Identify at least 3 common factors in trauma treatment and apply these in clinical practice.
2. Explain at least 2 strategies for trauma-informed practice and how to apply them in session.


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  • Lee, A. T., Chin, P., Nambiar, A., & Hill Haskins, N. (2023). Addressing intergenerational trauma in Black families: Trauma‐informed socioculturally attuned family therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 49(2), 447-462.
  • Peters, W., Rice, S., Cohen, J., Murray, L., Schley, C., Alvarez-Jimenez, M., & Bendall, S. (2021). Trauma-focused cognitive–behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) for interpersonal trauma in transitional-aged youth. Psychological Trauma, 13(3), 313-321.
  • Spinazzola, J., Kolk, B., & Ford, J. D. (2021). Developmental trauma disorder: A legacy of attachment trauma in victimized children. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 34(4), 711-720.


UNC Chapel Hill – Clinical Lecture Series Programs


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