Trauma Presentation Planned

Submitted by Meredith Guinness, Assistant Director, Media Relations on February 18, 2011

As part of Fairfield’s current focus on global citizenship, Drs. Anibal Torres and Diana Mille will deliver a free, innovative presentation centering on peace, justice, and healing in diverse cultures. “Healing from the Injustices of Trauma: Developing Accessible and Inclusive Goals for Individuals, Couples, and Families Around the World” will take place at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 4, at the Quick Center for the Arts.

This event is free and open to the public.

Trauma is the fifth most common psychiatric disorder and researchers believe it is the number one cause of suicide. However, trauma-related ailments are also considered under-recognized, under-diagnosed, and under-treated across various cultural groups.

“We will be arguing for the need to find better ways to recognize, diagnose, and treat trauma – specifically psychological trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – in individuals, couples, and families in diverse cultures and in special populations, such as combat,” said Dr. Mille, Director of the Walsh Art Gallery and a graduate of Fairfield’s Marriage and Family Therapy master’s program. “Our process will be to first define trauma and discuss its impact, considering symptoms, diagnosis, assessment, and treatment methods with a constant eye on the most easily accessible and inclusive means for healing trauma.

“While clinicians, researchers, and students of psychology and therapy might be the most interested in this presentation,” Dr. Mille continued, “I think that the general public and students could also benefit since there are many of us out there who have experienced trauma – a lot of which comes down to perception.”

Dr. Torres, an assistant professor of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), and Dr. Mille will use both lecture and a Q&A format for this initial presentation. They hope to create collaborations among faculty, staff, and students, making intentional learning connections among disciplines and providing lifelong enrichment opportunities. They also hope to uncover newer theoretical and conceptual discourse on diversity through faculty research, developmental models, and a broad commitment to public health, spanning local and global horizons.

The presentation is adapted from one Drs. Torres and Mille will deliver at the International Family Therapy Association’s XIX World Family Therapy Conference in the Netherlands from March 30 to April 2. It will consider the efficacy of several screenings, assessment and evaluation tools, and treatments and therapies. They hope this first event will help engage students in long-term, multifaceted, and meaningful discussions in both local and international communities through their research, lectures, and publications.

For more information, call Dr. Mille at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2975. For information on Fairfield’s slate of Global Citizenship events, visit fairfield.edu/global.

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