Presentation at Annual Bill Lane Social Work Disaster Response Conference, Mar. 22 at Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx

On Thursday March 22, I will be making a presentation entitled “Intergenerational Transmission of Mass Trauma” at the Annual Bill Lane Social Work Disaster Response Conference, hosted at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

The program is free of change, and has been approved for 3 Continuing Education contact hour credits for licensed social workers in NY. For further information and to register, send email or call Marni, as described above.

     Irit Felsen

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REMINDER: TODAY: Event at the United Nations HQ in NYC, Organized by the Committee on the Status of Women, Mar. 16/2018

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 12 – 23/2018. I will be serving as the moderator for the CSW event focused on “Mental Health of Rural Women Following Disaster and Conflict”, which is scheduled for Friday March 16 at 6:15 pm in the second floor conference room of the UN Church Center.

This event is open to the public, no registration necessary. More information about the program can be found by clicking on the flyer shown above or by following this link.

            Irit Felsen

 

 

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My paper entitled “Dehumanization in the Treatment of Elderly Holocaust Survivors and Other Elderly Persons with Histories of Prior Traumatization” is now available online

Issue 8: Spring 2018 of the online journal published by the Claims Conference for those who work or live with Holocaust survivors is now available online. To go to the issue, you can click on  this link.

The issue includes a paper I wrote on “Dehumanization in the Treatment of Elderly Holocaust Survivors and Other Elderly Persons with Histories of Prior Traumatization”. My paper is available by clicking on the image below.

In the last phases of life, many survivors require care in medical settings and long-term care facilities. Unfortunately, as Haque and Waytz state, “Dehumanization is endemic in medical care” (2012). Consequently, and tragically, when elderly survivors are most frail and helpless, they might be re-traumatized by the treatment they receive from healthcare providers. Studies from several research perspectives suggest that unintentional, implicit dehumanizing perceptions of others can emerge even in well-intentioned professionals who are invested in helping others. The potential sources of dehumanizing perceptions of patients by their healthcare providers are reviewed and their relevance to the clinical care of elderly trauma survivors is discussed.

Irit Felsen

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REMINDER: Event at the United Nations HQ in NYC, Organized by the Committee on the Status of Women, Mar. 16/2018

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 12 – 23/2018. I will be serving as the moderator for the CSW event focused on “Mental Health of Rural Women Following Disaster and Conflict”, which is scheduled for Friday March 16 at 6:15 pm in the second floor conference room of the UN Church Center.

This event is open to the public, no registration necessary. More information about the program can be found by clicking on the flyer shown above or by following this link.

            Irit Felsen

 

 

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REMINDER: A Two-Day Workshop on Person-Centered Trauma-Informed Care, Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services in Boca Raton FLA, Mar. 12-13/2018

On March 12-13, I will be giving a workshop focused on the care of aging Holocaust Survivors and their families, at the Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services in Boca Raton, Florida. The workshop will open with a presentation to the clinical staff, which will address the generational impact of multiple types of traumatic experiences in the family, the long-term effects of distal trauma on the survivors and their family members, as well as assessment and treatment challenges and suggested strategies for working with elderly trauma survivors.

The second, agency-wide, non-clinical training session will be geared towards all agency staff, including the marketing department, front office receptionists, transportation drivers, and all others. This training will educate participants on trauma, its effects on survivors, and how to appropriately and sensitively communicate with trauma survivors while providing services to them. This training will teach staff how to best meet the unique needs of trauma survivors, whether these survivors are our clients, colleagues, family members, or others we interact with on a daily basis. Many people have survived some sort of trauma in their lives and have been impacted by it to varying degrees, and this training will help normalize this, explain how to understand our reactions to our own traumatic experiences and to the experiences of others, and offer ways in which to best interact with trauma survivors.

In the evening on Monday Mar. 12, there will be a meeting open to the public, in which I will give a lecture about intergenerational transmission of trauma, with an emphasis on how empirically and clinically observed characteristics of the second generation, which have accumulated in the literature over the past several decades, are manifested in their lives today and how to enhance resilience, capitalize on strengths, and improve relationships and well-being as they approach their own aging. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and a discussion with the audience.

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On the second day, there will be a focus group of Holocaust Survivors and local Case Managers, aimed at hearing the Survivors’ own perspective in order to improve the services available to them. The information gained during the focus group will provide the Person-Centered Trauma-Informed (PCTI) team with more knowledge about the survivors’ experiences and how they deal with them on a daily basis.  This focus group can also be an opportunity for Holocaust survivors to discuss any issues with professionals in their community who may not yet be trauma informed and could benefit from PCTI training.

More information about the public event on Monday Mar. 12, including how to register to attend, can be found from this link.

                Irit Felsen

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Event at the United Nations HQ in NYC, Organized by the Committee on the Status of Women, Mar. 16/2018

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 12 – 23/2018. I will be serving as the moderator for the CSW event focused on “Mental Health of Rural Women Following Disaster and Conflict”, which is scheduled for Friday March 16 at 6:15 pm in the second floor conference room of the UN Church Center.

This event is open to the public, no registration necessary. More information about the program can be found by clicking on the image above or by following this link.

            Irit Felsen

 

 

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A Two-Day Workshop on Person-Centered Trauma-Informed Care, Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services in Boca Raton FLA, Mar. 12-13/2018

On March 12-13, I will be giving a workshop focused on the care of aging Holocaust Survivors and their families, at the Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services in Boca Raton, Florida. The workshop will open with a presentation to the clinical staff, which will address the generational impact of multiple types of traumatic experiences in the family, the long-term effects of distal trauma on the survivors and their family members, as well as assessment and treatment challenges and suggested strategies for working with elderly trauma survivors.

The second, agency-wide, non-clinical training session will be geared towards all agency staff, including the marketing department, front office receptionists, transportation drivers, and all others. This training will educate participants on trauma, its effects on survivors, and how to appropriately and sensitively communicate with trauma survivors while providing services to them. This training will teach staff how to best meet the unique needs of trauma survivors, whether these survivors are our clients, colleagues, family members, or others we interact with on a daily basis. Many people have survived some sort of trauma in their lives and have been impacted by it to varying degrees, and this training will help normalize this, explain how to understand our reactions to our own traumatic experiences and to the experiences of others, and offer ways in which to best interact with trauma survivors.

In the evening on Monday Mar. 12, there will be a meeting open to the public, in which I will give a lecture about intergenerational transmission of trauma, with an emphasis on how empirically and clinically observed characteristics of the second generation, which have accumulated in the literature over the past several decades, are manifested in their lives today and how to enhance resilience, capitalize on strengths, and improve relationships and well-being as they approach their own aging. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and a discussion with the audience.

Irit Felsen flyer 3.12

On the second day, there will be a focus group of Holocaust Survivors and local Case Managers, aimed at hearing the Survivors’ own perspective in order to improve the services available to them. The information gained during the focus group will provide the Person-Centered Trauma-Informed (PCTI) team with more knowledge about the survivors’ experiences and how they deal with them on a daily basis.  This focus group can also be an opportunity for Holocaust survivors to discuss any issues with professionals in their community who may not yet be trauma informed and could benefit from PCTI training.

More information about the public event on Monday Mar. 12, including how to register to attend, can be found from this link.

                Irit Felsen

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