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Social Justice

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Janina Fisher, PhD |  Bandy Lee, MD, MDiv |  Judith Herman, MD
1 Hour 48 Minutes
May 21, 2022
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Trauma is closely intertwined with social conditions, such as wars, social inequality and domestic power relationships. Psychiatry has largely relied on diagnosing individuals out of the context of social conditions. However, social justice and universal access to optimal treatment interventions are critical dimensions in both the prevention and treatment of traumatic stress. This session will examine the dissemination of optimal trauma interventions in underprivileged populations, and the relevance of social justice in recovery from trauma. We will discuss research that shows how trauma’s symptoms, such as self-harming behaviour, suicidality, eating disorders, and substance abuse, can result in clients being seen and labelled as ‘borderline’ or as ‘addicts’ in hospital, low income, and community settings. Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) was specifically developed for a community hospital setting to provide a trauma-informed approach to the challenge of self-destructive symptoms and chronic institutionalisation. We will also discuss the extent of our professional responsibilities in the face of nuclear expansion, militarism, greed, a culture of psychological abuse, and the destruction of our only habitat.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 2 hours CPD.



Janina Fisher, PhD's Profile

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Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr. Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples, and families since 1980.

She is past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

She is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015) and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017) and the forthcoming book, Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (in press).


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Janina Fisher has an employment relationship with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is a consultant for Khiron House Clinics and the Massachusetts Department of MH Restraint and Seclusion Initiative. Dr. Fisher receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. Dr. Fisher has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Janina Fisher is on the advisory board for the Trauma Research Foundation. She is a patron of the Bowlby Center.

Bandy Lee, MD, MDiv's Profile

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Bandy X. Lee, MD, MDiv, forensic psychiatrist and violence expert. She taught at Yale School of Medicine and Yale Law School for 17 years before helping to found an Institute at Union Theological Seminary. Project leader, World Health Organization Violence Prevention Alliance, author: Violence: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Causes, Consequences and Cures; editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.

Speaker Disclosure:
Financial: Dr. Bandy Lee has employment relationships with Columbia University and Harvard Medical School. She is a consultant with the World Health Organization Department and the New York University School of Law Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Bandy Lee is a reviewer for several peer journals, for a complete list contact PESI, Inc.

Judith Herman, MD's Profile

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Judith Herman, MD, one of the country’s leading experts on trauma and abuse, is professor of clinical psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, and director of training at the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Hospital. She is also a founding member of the Women’s Mental Health Collective in Massachusetts. Herman was the recipient of the 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Judith Herman has employment relationships with Harvard Medical School and The Cambridge Hospital. She receives royalties as a published author, and she receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Judith Herman has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Integrate 3 interventions, including Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment, for increasing client self-compassion and acceptance of their trauma-related parts.
  2. Analyze how to think about violence, trauma, justice, and healing.
  3. Assess the role of psychiatrists in society and their professional responsibility.


  • The development of TIST as a trauma-informed intervention for chronically institutionalized clients
  • Working with self-destructive behavior from a parts perspective
  • Developing a safe internal environment for all parts of the self
  • Violence and trauma
  • Structural violence
  • A culture of psychological abuse
  • A traumatized globe
  • The need for justice
  • A definition of psychiatry
  • Professional responsibility

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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