Fall 2019 | Vol. 14 No. 3

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Presidential Voice

Sylvia Marotta-Walters, PhD

The 2019 APA Convention was a huge success for Division 56, a success that was shared with non-participants through the efforts of our program chair Delishia Pittman and our social media chair Bryann DeBeer. Through Facebook and Twitter posts during the convention, participants could access the excellent content of our poster sessions, symposia, and discussions in Chicago and elsewhere around the country. Read Full Article

Editor's Note

Jonathan Cleveland, PhD

Greetings and welcome to the fall issue of TPN,

Over the past few months, we received many excellent submissions.  So many, in fact, that some will need to be included in the spring issue.  In the pages that follow, you will find a wonderful variety of articles, essays, poems, session excerpts, and announcements.  Please see below for full details.  Be sure to visit this month’s Who’s Who section to learn about recent recipient of the Division 56 Dissertation Award, and outgoing TPN student section advisory editor, Dr. Viann Nguyen-Feng

We hope you consider submitting your work for inclusion in our spring issue.  Please note, the submission deadline is March 2ndFull Article

Letter to the Editor

To Whom it May Concern:

It was a Thursday. My professor gave each of the students a copy of an e-mail we had received earlier that day. He asked if we knew what receivership was; I did not. I had no idea walking into class that this receivership was about to change the trajectory of thousands of students’ lives, including mine.

Everyone told us it would be fine. We were the only Clinical Psychology program in the state and there was no way that this program would shut down. I heard the phrase “cautiously optimistic” so many times that I still cringe... Full Letter

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

Immigrants—regardless of their nationality or citizenship status—are victims of on-going trauma. Politicians, law enforcement, and news agencies have constantly directed their attention to the legal status of this population. Nevertheless, mental health care providers should be informed and address the issues that may impact the psychological health of this vulnerable population.

Most immigrants have experienced great trauma prior to their migration. At home, they have suffered extreme circumstances...Full Letter


Featured Article

LGBTQ+ Sexual Trauma Survivors: Motivational Interviewing as an Approach to Clinical Work

Amy E. Ellis, Ph.D. & Joan M. Cook, Ph.D.

Sexual and gender minorities (SGM) encompass members of the LGBTQ+ community as well as any individuals whose sexual orientation, gender identity, and reproductive development is considered to be outside physio-socio-cultural norms (NIH, 2019). SGM individuals are a population that is disproportionately affected by trauma, more specifically hate violence... Full Article

Featured Article

Is There Room for Trauma Work in Inpatient Care: The Perspective of an Acute-Care Psychologist

Madeline McGee, Ph.D.

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of attention paid to trauma-informed care. It is not surprising then, at least for our area of New York, that I “grew up” in professional families in which trauma work was spotlighted. I was an extern at a residential facility that had a trauma-sensitive milieu, earned an internship at a hospital with a dedicated trauma track, and currently work under the leadership of a child psychologist who is the recipient of a Category II NCTSN grant. Full Article

Featured Article

Supervision in a Veterans Health Administration Outpatient PTSD Clinic: Reflections on Beneficial Practices for Psychology Trainees

John Correa, Ph.D. & Jessica Tripp, Ph.D.

A growing number of veterans are accessing treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In 2015, over 568,000 veterans received treatment for PTSD from the VHA system, a nearly 14% increase from 2011 (VA Office of Public Affairs and Media Relations, 2016). Increased interest in such services has occurred alongside the VHA offering diverse trauma-focused didactic and training opportunities (Simiola, Smothers, Thompson, & Cook, 2018). The VA has also drafted, revised, and disseminated clinical practice guidelines for VHA providers... Full Article

Multicultural & Diversity

Meaningfulworld 14th Humanitarian Mission to Haiti

Dr. Kalayjian, Dr. Medina, & Lorraine Simmons
In collaboration with Meaningfulworld Haiti Chapter

The Meaningfulworld team, Dr Ani Kalayjian, Dr Justina Medina, Lorraine Simmons and Arthur Jaffe embarked on the 14th Humanitarian Outreach Mission to Haiti in August. With ten days to accomplish numerous goals, we were prepared to work as efficiently and as diligently as possible while maintaining a balance with self-care which included healthy eating, supplements, soul-surfing, swimming and sleep. An important goal this year was to support and empower the newly formed Haiti chapter... Full Article

Brief Report

Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth in Therapists Working with Severe Mental Illness

Zachary Arcona, MS, Melissa LaCelle, MS, Sheila Santiago Schmitt, PsyD

Phenomena like burnout popularly plague mental health (Morse, Salyers, Rollins, Monroe-DeVita, & Pfahler, 2012). Therapists working with clients who have experienced trauma are even more susceptible to the characteristic symptoms of burnout, including exhaustion, cynicism, and feelings of inefficacy (McCormack, MacIntyre, O'Shea, Herring, & Campbell, 2018). When mental health professionals work in settings that increase demands on internal resources, particularly if they perceive their efforts to result in few positive outcomes, it results in chronic stress.  The impacts of enduring chronic stress in the workplace can have negative repercussions for both physical and mental well-being. Full Article

Division 56 Listservs

div56@lists.apa.org - Discussion among members
div56childtrauma@lists.apa.org - Child trauma topics
div56dissociation@lists.apa.org - Post-traumatic dissociative mechanisms development
div56ecpn@lists.apa.org - Early career psychologists networking
div56stu@lists.apa.org - Student forum

Archived Issues

Have you missed any of our excellent content? Check out the archived issues page to read about the work our members are doing.

Brief Report

Similarity between Non-Consensual Sharing of Images and Sexual Assault: Questions about the Construct Validity of PTSD

Michael J. Perrotti, PhD.

Klein and Zaleski (2018) conducted research on classifying the non-consensual sharing of images as sexual assault. The authors conducted a qualitative analysis on issues focused on the intersection of sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence, including revenge porn. They note that victims do feel trauma secondary to revenge porn, viz, shame, post-traumatic stress. They further note that post-assault symptoms associated with a sexual assault such as shame, self-blame, psychophysiological symptom, and hypervigilance also pertain to an individual who has had sexual images shared in a non-consensual way. Full Article


Listening Inside to the Pain of Life: A Session Excerpt

Michael Eigen, PhD

Psyche Singing

M.E: “Wondering what you hear when you listen inside.”

A.G: “When I listen inside? When I listen – I hear screaming.”

M.E: “Does it ever stop?”

A.G: “Right now I’m thinking I don’t listen to it all the time so I don’t always hear it. But maybe it goes on all the time. I’m not sure if it stops..." Full Article

International Committee

International Committee Report

Elizabeth Carll, PhD, Chair

During the past decade the number of forced migrants including refugees and asylum seekers has reached crisis proportions with the highest historic levels of migration. Children separated from their families have made headlines around the world.  Responding to the needs of refugees requires a variety of roles by psychologists. The symposium, The Diverse Roles of Psychologists in Working with Refugees and Immigrants was organized at the 2019 APA Convention in Chicago to highlight the various ways psychologists can help provide support. Full Article

Book Review

Book Review: Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: A Comprehensive Manual

Reviewed by: Merdijana Kovacevic, M.S, and Elana Cewman, Ph.D.

Resick, P. A., Monson, C. M., & Chard, K. M. (2016). Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: A comprehensive manual. New York, NY: Guilford Press. ISBN 9781462533725

Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: A Comprehensive Manual contains everything a provider needs to deliver Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), an evidence-based treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). CPT aims to help clients acknowledge “stuck points”, thoughts that keep survivors from recovery after a traumatic experience. Clients are encouraged to accept the reality of what happened and develop balanced thoughts about themselves, others, and the world. An updated treatment manual was needed... Full Article

Who's Who

Please meet Dr. Viann Nguyen-Feng, recent recipient of the Division 56 Dissertation Award, and outgoing TPN student section advisory editor. 


Genocide, Trauma, & Forgiveness

Margarita Avedisian, PhD

Annual meeting at the APA 127th Convention in Chicago
Conversation hour at Trauma Psychology
Saturday August 10, 2019

See Full Annoucement

Student Section

Comorbid Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

David Rhee

In the interest of transparency, I would first like to disclose my background and interest in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) comorbidity. As a master’s-level intern in the clinical assessment team at the McLean Hospital’s Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI), I conduct diagnostic intake interviews that span the primary dimensions of the DSM-5 with a particular focus on conceptualizing patients’ obsessive-compulsive symptoms... Full Article


Cordially Invited: Refugee Family Discourse

Natina Roberts

What do you see? Is it New Tara, the plantation of the twenty first century?

Crops of dreams and disasters lay juxtaposed as biproducts of influential forecasters. It makes you wonder what Hitler and Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) would have been like in toastmasters.

Crops have been placed in the fertilizer of society’s sycophant adages. Sown and harvested via the compass of left and right-wing baggage.

Social relationships have redefined community stability. With trailblazers like Cervantes and Durkheim outlining the strength in human fragility. Full Poem


PTSD and Suicide: How Emergency Department Clinicians Can Intervene

Smanda Wallick, BS & Lisa Brown, Ph.D., ABPP

Suicide is one of only three leading causes of death in the United States that continues to increase (Stone et al., 2018). In 2016, World Health Organization statistics estimated that nearly 45,000 suicides (123 suicides per day) occurred in the U.S. among people aged 18 and older. Among the U.S. military, suicide rates of active duty service members now surpass rates within the general population (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2016). In addition, from 1999 to 2015 deaths by suicide increased among all racial/ethnic groups, both sexes, and all age groups of those under the age of 75... Full Article