Speaking a Similar Dialect: Trauma psychology informing the prenatal and birthing experience for both the practitioner and the patient

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 14:30 to 15:30

Many survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) silently bear the burden of their traumatic past, reluctant to divulge the facts of their victimization to anyone. Women often do not disclose trauma histories to therapists or medical professionals, even when asked directly. Physical symptoms are often misattributed by practitioners as medical risk factors or complications, rather than a physiological manifestation of trauma. Participants will learn about some of the specific silent indicators of the complex interaction that exists between CSA, pregnancy, and childbirth. This session addresses theoretical and practical applications, to advance collaboration with medical professionals from a psychologist's perspective.

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