Virtual Learning Series
Healing Trauma Through Support and Knowing
Presenter: Jacob Ham, PhD
The field of psychological trauma has revealed many fundamental ways in which the brain operates under extreme stress. These insights are not just relevant for people with diagnosable PTSD; they are important to understand for anyone who has ever felt extreme stress, panic, or hurt. Dr. Ham has dedicated his career to treating people traumatized by interpersonal violence, especially at the hands of people who are supposed to be safe and comforting. Though trained in five different evidence-based interventions for traumatic stress, he primarily focuses his clinical intervention on an intensely relational, moment to moment approach in which depths of conversational currents are plumbed to uncover the deeper currents of emotion, intention and meaning that people of all ages hide, yet yearn to be discovered.
In this fun and engaging workshop, participants will learn the essential neurobiology about traumatic stress, but in very practical, child-friendly and adult-friendly terms. Participants will also be introduced to the key ways to talk to children in ways that de-escalate and help them feel safe, supported and known.
Dr. Ham is a clinical psychologist, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Child Trauma and Resilience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He receives federal and local funding to advance trauma-informed practices throughout multiple child-serving systems. He trains and consults on trauma-informed engagement and maintains an active clinical practice at Mount Sinai Beth Israel for children, families and adults with a particular focus on using moment-to-moment relationship-based interventions that enhance attachment to overcome trauma and improve mental health. He received his PhD at UMass Boston and finished clinical training at Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts General Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston.