Asking the Right Questions to Explore Cultural Influences (May 23, 2019)

Trainers: Dafna Lender

Evanston, Illinois (9:00AM-12:00PM) 

Asking the Right Questions to Explore Cultural Influences with Dafna Lender, LCSW

In this workshop, we will explore the meaning of what "culture" means to an individuals identity, both from the therapist's side as well as the client's. The first part will focus on the difference between "Where are you from?" and "Where are you a local?" to discover a more nuanced sense of what attributes make a person feel "at home". The second part of the workshop will focus on developing a more attuned ear for cultural attributes in a client's narrative to help them develop and deeper contextual sense of their life narrative. The workshop will include discussion on intergenerational trauma, genetic changes due to historic trauma and immigration. 

Learning Objectives

  1. List three questions to determine answer to: "Where are you a local?"
  2. As a result of this training, I can name a behavior I have that I did not previously consider as attributed to my culture.
  3. List two steps for considering a client problem as a cultural issue.

Dafna Lender, LCSW, is the Program Director for The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, IL. Dafna is certified as a trainer and supervisor in both Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Theraplay. Dafna's main interest is in using attachment-based interventions to treat children with serious psychological problems caused by histories of abuse, neglect, trauma and/or multiple placements. Dafna's focus is children's development of a secure attachment with their caregivers while resolving issues in their traumatic history. Dafna can be reached at

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$20     Standard Non-members
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3.0 CEUs

On the 4th Thursday of every month, The Theraplay® Institute (TTI) hosts a meeting of attachment-focused mental health professionals, educators, and healthcare providers. The group includes professionals who work in private practices, adoption agencies, nonprofits, hospitals, and schools.  Attachment Matters offers the opportunity to meet professionals with similar interests and gain valuable skills and information.  This meeting will be from 9AM-12PM at The Theraplay® Institute, 1840 Oak Ave, Suite 320, Evanston, IL, 60201.

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