Friday, April 3rd, 2020: Maria Espinola, Psy.D. “Diversity, Trauma, & Ethical Issues in Psychology”
April 3 @ 8:30 am - 12:45 pm$100 – $125
FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd 2020: Diversity, Trauma, & Ethical Issues in Psychology
Speaker: Dr. Maria Espinola
In this program, attendees will explore trauma-informed techniques, culturally sensitive strategies, and ethical issues relevant to the treatment of diverse clients. The presenter will provide a framework to understand the ways in which trauma and culture intersect and impact clients’ behaviors. Attendees will be introduced to the use of trauma-informed, culturally sensitive techniques to increase clients’ engagement and response to treatment.
The presenter will discuss case studies of clients from diverse backgrounds who experienced different types of traumas (e.g. sexual violence, childhood abuse). Multiple clinical issues will be reviewed, including case conceptualization, treatment planning, risk assessment, and safety planning. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, share cases with the group, and receive feedback.
- Discuss therapeutic skills to target trauma symptomatology.
- Practice techniques to increase attendees’ awareness of the multiple factors that shape their own and their clients’ cultural identities.
- Review trauma-informed and culturally appropriate tools to decrease problematic behaviors.
- Discuss ethical issues relevant to the treatment of diverse populations.
Maria Espinola, Psy.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her work focuses on the intersection of multicultural issues, gender, and trauma. She was born and raised in Argentina, South America. She studied psychology at the University of Buenos Aires before immigrating to the U.S. in 2001. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University, her pre-doctoral internship in multicultural psychology at Boston University School of Medicine, and her post-doctoral fellowship in DBT, women’s psychology, and trauma psychology at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In addition, she completed trainings led by Marsha Linehan. Dr. Espinola received over 20 honors and awards for leadership, diversity initiatives, community impact, academic achievements, and outstanding performance. Dr. Espinola currently serves as Chair of the Ohio Psychological Association’s Diversity Committee, as a member of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio Board of Directors, and as Liaison for the American Psychological Association Presidential Initiative on Deep Poverty.