302 Treating Trauma: A 30 Year Perspective

Mary Jo Barrett and Dick Schwartz

Mary Jo BarrettDick Schwartz

Since PTSD was added to the DSM in 1980, trauma treatment has gone through an evolution unparalleled by any other area of psychotherapy. Trauma experts Mary Jo Barrett and Dick Schwartz have both been present for this evolution, and in the past 30 years they’ve seen the rise of somatic, neuroscientific, mind-body, and attachment-based approaches to treating trauma survivors. In this premiere dialogue, Barrett and Schwartz guide you through:

  • how our current understanding of trauma has evolved over the decades
  • the importance of working in stages and creating safety for clients
  • how to bring the body into therapy without re-traumatizing vulnerable clients
  • how to assess which of the many available trauma treatments will meet a specific client’s needs

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change, teaches at the University of Chicago. She’s the coauthor of Systemic Treatment of Incest and coeditor of Treating Incest: A Multimodal Systems Perspective. Website: http://www.centerforcontextualchange.org/

Dick Schwartz, PhD, is director of the Center for Self Leadership and the originator of the Internal Family Systems model. His books include Internal Family Systems Therapy and, most recently, and, most recently, You are the One You’ve Been Waiting For. Website: http://www.selfleadership.org/

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