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Dr. Judith Herman

Issues and Perspectives on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care in the Age of the #MeToo Movement

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I asked them(survivors) what justice would look like if they were ever consulted. What would make things right for them? [T]he thing that they most wanted was acknowledgment. Not just from the perpetrator or not even primarily from the perpetrator but mainly from the bystanders from the community.”

Dr. Judith Herman

In this episode, Dr. Judith Herman discusses research on justice from the perspective of trauma survivors, how this is related to the #MeToo movement, and why individuals who are victims of abuse choose to speak out. She considers the progress and relevance of changes within DSM-5 PTSD diagnostic criteria, how chronic shame is related to dissociation and PTSD, and the consequences of forming an insecure attachment. The episode concludes by providing examples on how resilience can be built through community-based interventions and lead to more secure attachments.

Judith Lewis Herman, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. For thirty years, until she retired, she was Director of Training at the Victims of Violence Program at the Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA. Dr. Herman received her medical degree at Harvard Medical School and her training in general and community psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center. She is the author of two award-winning books: Father-Daughter Incest (Harvard University Press, 1981), and Trauma and Recovery (Basic Books, 1992). She has lectured widely on the subject of sexual and domestic violence. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the 2000 Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women’s Association. In 2007, she was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Interviewer: Mickey Sperlich, PhD

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