Twenty-eight staff, interns, case managers and local mental health professionals participated in an in-service training seminar on the clinical treatment of trauma at Campion, the OPCC (formerly Ocean Park Community Center) mental health center in Santa Monica.
Dr. Lori Katz, founder and director of the Women’s Mental Health Center at the VA Medical Center in Long Beach hosted the seminar, Monday, August 28th.
Based on her recent book, Holographic Reprocessing: A Cognitive-Experiential Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma, Katz’s seminar covered “a broad conceptualization of trauma” and taught an approach of “reprocessing.”
Reprocessing involves revisiting an event from the observer vantage point as if viewing it from afar, thus allowing the person to re-evaluate the situation without experiencing emotional distress.
Campion’s staff treats various forms of trauma in people from a vulnerable population of battered women, abused children and homeless individuals and families.
“I have long been dedicated to the issues of trauma, homelessness and women,” says Katz, a national and international speaker and educator on trauma.
She served as the Military Sexual Trauma coordinator and chair of the sexual trauma team for the Veterans Administration in Long Beach.
In the past 15 years, she has treated more than 1,000 patients, most of them with trauma histories.
At Campion, licensed therapists and closely supervised interns provide mental health services to low-income and homeless residents in the community and clients at all of OPCC’s programs.
Clients include children and adults facing problems such as depression, anxiety and relationship challenges as well as families facing poverty, mental illness and domestic violence.
“Our therapeutic approach helps clients examine and explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviors in order to deal with challenging circumstances, to restore their dignity and sense of self-worth and to rebuild their lives,” said Steve Deitelbaum, Campion’s project director. “We are very grateful to have mental health experts like Dr. Katz share her wealth of wisdom and experience in her field.”
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