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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Trauma in the Workplace

Laura Huggler, Ph.D.
Graduate Psychoanalyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Paula Kliger, Ph.D.
Associate Faculty, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Six Wednesdays / September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 2013
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Fee: $210
9 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: Traumatic workplace events range from “dramatic” situations such as robbery, workplace violence, death of an employee, natural disasters, etc. to more subtle or “quieter” events such as mergers and restructuring, embezzlement, harassment and demotion. This seminar poses a deeper understanding of the psychodynamics of trauma and its impact on employees and the organization-as-a-whole. Additionally, we will cover case studies, theoretical considerations and real-world strategies designed to help employees more effectively cope with trauma and build emotional resiliency.

Course Objectives:

1. Examine the theoretical and contemporary research on the intrapsychic and relational implications of trauma and emotional resilience.

2. Identify the emotional implications of threat of bodily destruction in workplace robbery attempts

3. Investigate the traumatizing impact of the betrayal on co-workers in embezzlement situations.

4. Examine the psychic implications of the role of loss and grief as well as the challenges and opportunities for development in mergers/restructuring/layoffs and succession.

5. Explore the multifaceted impact of violence in the workplace, organizational crisis management, and the stages of response and recovery.

6. Examine the long term effects of discrimination in the workplace and a psychoanalytically-informed model of intervention leading to lasting organizational culture change.