Online Course » PTSD #7: Engaging Survivors of Extreme Violence - Interview with Martha Bragin, PhD

Course Description:
Martha Bragin, PhD, has spent her professional career working with survivors of extreme violence. She describes her work and discusses how therapists can understand and connect to these survivors, who feel so isolated by their experiences. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP3 player.
Course Objective:
Completing this program should help you:
  • Understand survivors who feel isolated by their traumatic experiences; and
  • Explain how Kleinian psychoanalytic principles can help a therapist engage survivors of extreme trauma.
Author Bio:
Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, founder and president of On Good Authority, interviews: Martha Bragin, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work, as well as on the clinical and research faculty in social work at the International Program on Refugee Trauma (IPORT) at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is a member of the working group on the psychic effects of social exclusion of the International Psychoanalytic Association and the Committee on Psychoanalysis in the Community of the American Psychoanalytic Association. For the past 25 years, Dr. Bragin has served as advisor to governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations on the demobilization, demilitarization, and reintegration of soldiers following war with special attention to women and children. She has developed and assessed psychosocial programs for children and families affected by conflict and disaster in the US, Europe, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central, South and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Among Dr. Bragin's publications is the Community Participatory Evaluation Tool, an instrument designed to help members of diverse communities participate in the evaluation of psychosocial programs designed to benefit their children. Her paper, Knowing Terrible Things: Engaging Survivors of Extreme Situations in Treatment, was awarded the 2007 Tyson Prize by the International Psychoanalytic Association.
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