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Tuesday, June 16 • 8:30am - 12:30pm
Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe: The Professional Helper's Resilience

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Vicarious Resiliency in Cultural Context
Speaker: Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe
Therapists working with traumatized populations may experience the impact of their clients’ emotional pain in the process of providing therapy. They may also learn vicariously from their clients about overcoming adversity. The concept of vicarious resilience describes a specific resilience process occurring as a result of therapists’ work with trauma survivors. It refers to the transformations in the therapists’ inner experience resulting from empathetic engagement with the client’s trauma material. To date, vicarious resilience has only been researched in the traumatic stress field and it may be a unique consequence of trauma work. Vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience are processes that illuminate the complex potential for therapeutic work both to fatigue and to heal. In addition, these processes develop in the social and cultural context of the therapeutic relationship. Intersections of diversity (class, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability) shape therapy practice in general and therapeutic encounters specifically. These dimensions are explored as they apply to therapeutic practices to offer therapists a cultural equity framework in which to understand vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience.

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Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe

Pilar Hernández-Wolfe is tenured associate professor and teaches in the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program. She is a licensed family therapist and a licensed clinical professional counselor, a clinical member and approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a consultant and trainer. In addition, she served as board member of the American Family Therapy Academy and is a member of the... Read More →

Tuesday June 16, 2015 8:30am - 12:30pm
ScotiaBank Room NAB 3rd Floor, King's College

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