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January 25, 2019 Educational Conference:
Trauma, Culture & Identity

Educational Conference January 25, 2019

Trauma, Culture & Identity

Yellowbrick and Menninger

This continuing education program is sponsored by Yellowbrick Foundation and The Menninger Clinic and is offered at no charge. This year's conference will focus on trauma and will feature speakers from Yellowbrick and the Menninger Clinic. Yellowbrick Foundation will host the event.

Yellowbrick is introducing in 2019 a series of conferences exploring the implications of culture and identity on the experience of and recovery from trauma. We will explore the challenges of working with trauma patients through the lens of diverse aspects of culture. Co-sponsored with The Menninger Clinic, this initial conference will provide an overview towards an understanding and approach to trauma recovery from a developmental neurobiological perspective. We will then proceed to focus on traditional experiences of gender identity and trauma recovery. Future conferences will explore the role of non-binary gender and LGBTQIA experiences, immigration and ethnicity, mental health stigma, religion and spirituality, and other dimensions of the interface of identity, culture and trauma.


Shweta Sharma, PsyD 
Staff Psychologist
The Menninger Clinic

Shweta Sharma, PsyD
Staff Psychologist
The Menninger Clinic

Trauma and Culture: Mentalizing and Culturally Responsive Trauma Interventions

Traumatic events often disrupt or exacerbate a person’s mental state, lead to psychological and behavioral dysfunction, and negatively impact a person’s quality of life. The goal of this presentation is to discuss a mentalizing approach to addressing the core traumatic experience of feeling psychologically alone in unbearable emotional states. To achieve this goal, the presentation will draw on perspectives from developmental psychology, attachment theory, and neurobiological understanding of mental processes. The presentation will also explore the cultural considerations in understanding trauma, its complex and nuanced clinical manifestations, and the potentially arduous process of healing.

Educational Objectives

  1. Apply key findings from attachment research to psychotherapy for patients struggling with aftermath of complex trauma
  2. Identify the role of cultural factors on the psychological sequelae of trauma and its treatment

Shweta Sharma, PsyD, received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program at Wright State University in Ohio. She completed her APA pre-doctoral internship at the Ohio State University and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine. She is a Licensed Psychologist and currently serves as Senior Staff Psychologist at The Menninger Clinic and as an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Her clinical work and research focuses on personality assessment trauma, attachment and psychotherapy processes. Dr. Sharma’s work has been published in the journal of Psychoanalytic Study of the Child and APA’s Psychotherapy journal. Currently, she is a clinical candidate in adult studies in psychoanalysis at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston. She is a member of the APA and the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Jung Mi Yi, PsyD, Director of the Assessment Center Yellowbrick

Jung Mi Yi, PsyD
Director of the Assessment Center

Michael Losoff, PhD

Michael Losoff, PhD
Director of Adolescent Services

Posttraumatic Connection, Recovery and Growth:
Why Gender Matters in the Treatment of Complex Trauma and PTSD

Gender is one of the most common, if implicit, cultural contexts within which trauma and recovery unfolds. The trauma literature pays scant attention to how men and women experience trauma differently, how they each process traumatic experience in psychotherapy, and how they trace different pathways through posttraumatic recovery and growth. In this presentation, we will focus on several key factors that mediate posttraumatic growth through the lens of gender, including how trauma is experienced, how traumatic experience is expressed in therapy, what meanings are ascribed to that experience, and factors that contribute to recovery and possible growth. We will limit our consideration of this context to the traditional binary definition of men and women, recognizing that an ultimately fuller consideration would involve non-binary and gender fluid individuals, as well. Practical suggestions and recommendations will be offered for clinicians who work with complex trauma and PTSD in their clinical practice, whether in individual or group psychotherapy contexts.

Educational Objectives

  1. Understand differences in ways men and women may experience trauma
  2. Learn factors that contribute to recovery and posttraumatic growth as they apply to men and women

Jung Mi Yi, PsyD, clinical psychologist who enjoys working with adults and youth. Dr. Yi graduated from Ripon College with a B.A. in Psychology. She earned both her masters and doctoral degrees from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also completed a Mini-MBA certificate program in Executive Management from Loyola University. Prior to joining Yellowbrick in 2014 as Director of The Assessment Center, Dr. Yi served for over a decade in leadership roles in inpatient, residential and outpatient settings.

Michael Losoff, PhD, is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, subsequently earning a Masters in Human Development from the Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed a two-year NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Research and Clinical Work in Adolescence, jointly sponsored by Northwestern University Medical School and The University of Chicago. Dr. Losoff brings a deep understanding of development during adolescence and young adulthood and to utilizing this understanding within the kinds of rich clinical settings that are relevant and resonant to Yellowbrick’s intensive community immersion model of treatment. These settings have included the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago and Little City Foundation. He has an appreciation of and expertise with in-depth, analytically informed psychotherapy and was the Founding Director and Coordinator of Clinical Services of the Center for Depth Psychotherapy at the C.G. Jung Center of Chicago. Additional leadership roles have included Program Director of the Child and Family Consultation Center at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4). Dr. Losoff has served as President-elect (2012-2013) and President (2013-2014) of the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology.

Dr. Losoff is the father of an emerging adult daughter and son.

Schedule - Friday, January 25, 2019
8:00 am
Registration & continental breakfast
Yellowbrick, third floor atrium
8:45 am Introduction - Bryn Jessup, PhD, Director, Family Services & Systems, Yellowbrick
9:00 am Shweta Sharma, PsyD
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Jung Mi Yi, PsyD, and Michael Losoff, PhD
11:00 pm Panel Discussion & Audience Q & A
12:15 pm Adjourn

Parking rates range: $6 - $8

Attached parking garage at Sherman and Grove

City parking garage is 1 block north, 1 block west at Benson and Davis

On-street parking is limited


CEU Credits will be available for a service fee of $25.
Psychologist - 4.0 hours

Yellowbrick Foundation is a registered Psychologist Continuing Education Sponsor by the State of Illinois, License, #268.000019.

Registered Social Workers - 4.0 hours

Yellowbrick Foundation is a registered Social Work Continuing Education Sponsor by the State of Illinois, License, #159.001043.

Marriage and Family Therapists - 4.0 hours

Yellowbrick Foundation is a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor by the State of Illinois. License# 168.000180.

Counselors– 4.0 hours

Yellowbrick Foundation is a registered Professional and Clinical Counselor Continuing Education Sponsor by the State of Illinois, License #197.00160.

All Participants

Certificates of attendance will be available to all participants.
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