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As this hits your inbox, I am hosting a Seder dinner to remember and celebrate the Jewish exodus from Egypt.  The freeing of slaves and the miracles that made it happen. The strength of conviction and the faith that made it possible.

This reminds me so much of my own healing journey as well as those of my clients. To recover and have freedom from the grips of trauma is quite the miracle, don’t you think?

As I continue reflecting, what comes to mind is my warm up to the role of trauma therapist. My role of ethical and effective trauma therapist. Some important questions come to mind:

What does it mean to be a trauma therapist? What does it take to be an ethical and effective trauma therapist?

Boy do I wish I had some concrete and expert guidance when I was first starting out. I had not even heard the term trauma back in graduate school (1986-1989). It wasn’t until I was working as a master’s level intern at the Caron Foundation’s 5 1/2 day residential program for Adult Children of Alcoholics, now called Breakthrough, that I was introduced to it. My mentors at Caron taught me much, as did those at Sierra Tucson back in the early 90’s.  They and others were great mentors helping mold me into who I am as a human and as a trauma professional. I will always be grateful for their patience and wisdom. What was not available to me then, but is now, for those new and seasoned in the field, is what is called the Trauma Therapist Project, started by Guy Macpherson, PhD. www.thetraumtherapistproject.com

I am excited to introduce you to Guy:

Guy is a psychologist specializing in in the treatment of trauma and early psychosis.

As a result of personal experiences, Guy focuses his energy on the study of trauma psychology, trauma therapy, the The Trauma Therapist Project, along with the Trauma Therapist/ Podcast and membership site, Trauma Therapist/ 2.0. The membership site “brings together seasoned professionals in the fields of trauma, addiction, minduflness and yoga, to educate and inspire those just beginning their trauma-informed education.”

Guy Macpherson, PhD

Guy also offers “The Road Map”. A free 10 point PDF guide for new trauma therapists.

Guy and I had a powerful conversation about my growing up in the field and the experience I can now share with new trauma therapists. Of course, he also allowed me to speak about my topic of passion, Covert Emotional Incest.

The podcast just went live on his site.  Please check it out…http://www.thetraumatherapistproject.com/podcast/master-class-self-awareness-adena-bank-lees/

Guy has offered my readers a 50% discount on a year's membership fee for 2.0. Just email him directly through his website and mention my name.


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“The Child as Substitute Spouse: Naming and Validating Covert Emotional Incest” Presented by Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, LISAC, BCETS, CP
Sierra Tucson Grand Rounds
Friday,April 14, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00pm

“The Child as Substitute Spouse: Naming and Validating Covert Emotional Incest” Presented by Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, LISAC, BCETS, CP
Friday, May 5th, 2017
75th Annual ASGPP 2017 Conference: “Navigating Waves of Change: Discovering and Celebrating Our Hidden Treasures.”
Clearwater, Florida

My podcast with Laura Reagan, LCSW-C is also available at  . https://www.laurareaganlcswc.com/podcast/ Click on Episode 77.

Ponder This:

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.  
- Bob Dylan

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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