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Trauma, Spirituality and Diverse Cultures

July 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This presentation will a) describe relationships between PTSD, moral injury, spiritual support and spiritual distress, and b) include specific perspectives relevant to minority communities, including race-based trauma. The discussion will include up to date empirical research on spirituality and trauma, as well as descriptions of spiritually integrated treatments for trauma.

Presenters: Dr. Irene Harris and Dr. Karima Clayton

Dr. Clayton received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to receiving her doctorate she received her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University and her B.A. from the University of Miami with a major in Psychology and minors in African-American Studies and Criminal Justice. Dr. Clayton is currently a Clinical Psychologist at the VA-NY Harbor Healthcare System where she provides individual and group therapies in an inpatient and outpatient setting, to address various mental health related issues including, but not limited to, trauma, mood related disorders, substance use, sleep-related difficulties, and severe mental illness. At the VA, she also co-leads the Diversity Committee within the Psychology Department which provides diversity related trainings for staff and trainees and implements initiatives for improvement related to diversity in the broader hospital. Dr. Clayton has also engaged actively in research with topics including Race and Racial Identity, Race-Based Traumatic Stress, Minority Mental Health, Incarceration and the Collateral Consequences, Youth Development, and Dementia Caregivers.

J. Irene Harris, Ph.D., is a psychologist and clinician-investigator at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital and Director for that facility’s Social and Community Reintegration Research Center. Dr. Harris has been doing research on the intersection of spirituality and mental health for over 20 years, and is a nationally recognized expert on moral injury. She works closely with the VA’s National Chaplain Office in supporting training to help chaplains provide empirically supported services for moral injury and trauma.

Presentation on Zoom meeting.

Time: Jul 20, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) – 1:00 PM Central

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July 20, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm