MEMORY AND SEXUAL TRAUMA:


MEMORY RECOVERY


OR


THERAPEUTIC MISADVENTURE?


A seminar for mental health and
legal professionals


Friday and Saturday, May 20th and 21st
Embassy Suites Motel, Portland, Maine








Lucy G. Quimby, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Bangor, Maine. Dr. Quimby is an expert in Dissociative Disorders and is the author of Dissociative Symptoms and Aggression (with F. Putnam in Dissociation, 1991) and Deinstitutionalization of Chronic MPD Inpatients (In R. Kluft, Clinical Perspectives on MPD, 1993.) She has also conducted cross-cultural research in the area of memory and belief. Dr. Quimby is on the editorial board of the journal, Dissociation. Her current research interest is in recovered memories. Charles Robinson, Ph.D. is a forensic psychologist in private practice in Augusta, Maine. He is a founding fellow of 'the Maine Society of Forensic Psychologists. Dr. Robinson's testimony has been accepted in the states of Maine, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Montana. He is the author of Psychological Evidence and Child Sexual Abuse and Psychological Trauma: Implications for Litigation, both published by the Maine Bar Association, and Interventions in Community Tragedy; Applications of Forensic Psychology.



DIVIDED CONSCIOUSNESS/DIVIDED OPINION:
CLINICAL AND FORENSIC IMPLICATIONS OF
RECOVERED MEMORIES



Claims and counterclaims concerning the validity of recovered memories of childhood trauma have created a climate of uncertainty in both clinical and legal settings, posing new challenges for psychotherapists and attorneys. The seminar will employ didactic, experiential, and discussion formats to acquaint participants with the broad range of clinical, social, and legal issues involved when clients report the recovery of abuse memories in the context of psychotherapy.

The Friday, May 20th, presentation will provide participants with a research based working knowledge of the mechanisms of memory and the role of memory in symptom formation. Clinical and forensic consequences of specialized techniques alleged to facilitate memory retrieval will be critically examined. The competing perspectives of the plaintiff, the defendant and the working clinicjan will be explored.

The Saturday, May 21, presentation will offer clinicians an opportunity to develop advanced clinical skills and further refine their theoretical understanding of the role of memory in psychotherapy. The afternoon session will directly address liability issues faced by the practicing clinician.

You may register for Friday only ($85) or both days ($150). The Embassy Suites Hotel is located near the Portland Jetport (Exit 7) at 1050 Westbrook St. The Hotel offers a well reviewed restaurant, indoor pool, and sauna. The special conference rate of $85.00 (double occupancy) for a two room suite includes breakfast and manager's cocktail reception. Request the special rate directly by calling 207-775-2200 before 4-20-94. Free parking for hotel and conference guests. Seminar fees include handouts and refreshment breaks. Psychologists receive 11 CEU credits, 11 contact hours for Social Workers. For additional information contact Dr. Robinson (622-1885) or Dr. Quimby (945-3675).



Day 1: Friday May 20, 1994

8:30	Registration

9:30 WHAT IS MEMORY?
A model of memory Dissociation Repression, suppression, forgetting Body memory Infantile amnesia Image source monitoring
10:30 Refreshment break
10:45 WHAT CAUSES "SYMPTOMS"?
Diagnostic Bias Family dysfunction Childhood trauma Malingering Biological factors Social contagion
12:30 Lunch
2:00 CAN THERAPISTS CREATE "MEMORIES"?
Hypnotizability and Identity diffusion suggestion Journaling Body therapies Trance logic
3:15 Refreshment break
3:30 THERAPEUTIC VERSUS LEGAL REALITIES
Guest Discussant: Christopher D. Nyhan, Esq. Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios
Day 2: Saturday May 21, 1994

8:30	INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCES
	Satanic ritual abuse
	UFO abduction

9:00 THE CASE OF MRS. W.
Role play Group Discussion
10:00 Refreshment break
10:15 HOW MUCH MEMORY IS ENOUGH?
Why remember? Rehabilitative v trauma-based models Stages of therapy Transference and countertransference Validation of affect v validation of events
12:00 Lunch
1:30 CONFRONTING THE FEAR OF LIABILITY
Informed consent Use of clinical history and treatment plan Record-keeping Limits of competence Consultation and referral Guest Discussant: Bruce C. Gerrity, Esq. Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios


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