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“I think it can be very helpful to keep in mind that when an individual [has] experienced trauma in the earlier part of their life and their childhood that that complicates not only their overall outlook and can lead to some very difficult symptoms, like PTSD, but it also can affect how they develop in their view fundamentally of the world, themselves, [and] relationships because that’s what’s happening in childhood.”

Dr. Julian Ford

n this episode, our guest Dr. Julian Ford describes assessment with trauma survivors and evidence-based treatment options for PTSD. He discusses strategies that can be incorporated by clinicians at critical turning points in therapy, matching treatment modalities with clients and personal styles, and mitigating secondary PTSD.

Julian D. Ford, PhD, is a board certified clinical psychologist and tenured professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and School of Law. He is also the the principal investigator and director of two treatment and services adaptation centers in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice, and the Center for the Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders. Dr. Ford is the President-Elect of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and European Journal of Psychotraumatology and as Chair of the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology Presidential Task Force on Child Trauma for the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology. Dr. Ford is the principal investigator for the national developmental trauma disorder field trial research study.

Interviewer: Mickey Sperlich, PhD

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