This talk will focus on Helen Clark’s clinical and personal experience with sibling sexual abuse. It will discuss some unique features of sibling abuse which differentiate it from adult to child incest. An overview of issues which commonly occur including, aspects of the family dynamics which hinder treatment, substance abuse, eating disorders, and depression will be presented. The importance of using trauma treating techniques such as EMDR to assist in healing will be discussed. Other treatment strategies will also be explored.
Helen Clark graduated from the University of Arizona with both a bachelor’s degree in psychology and nursing in 1978. She went on for her master’s degree in Transpersonal Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University graduating in 1986. She has worked in a variety of different capacities within the healing profession. Her nursing positions included working as a public health nurse in southern California, a nurse on a wagon train in Arizona at an alternative treatment facility for adolescents, a charge nurse in a private psychiatric hospital in the bay area, and a nurse at a small hospice in San Francisco.
After graduate school she worked as a CPS worker in Oakland California and then moved to Redding. She was the clinical supervisor for Shasta County Substance Abuse in the early 90’s for a couple of years. During her time there she helped create the perinatal substance abuse program called Trinity House. She managed a staff of 25 professionals and paraprofessionals.
For the past twenty years or so she has had a private practice in Redding. She works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She also specializes in substance abuse and childhood traumas. Within the last year she wrote a book entitled Healing Sibling Sexual Trauma: A Very Personal Story. She wrote it under the pen name Hannah L. Cartwright initially to remain anonymous and protect family members. However, Helen has such strong narcissistic tendencies she finally had to tell everyone about it. Also, since her family is not in this area she concluded they were unlikely to hear of her book or the lecture she plans to present.
Lunch is available ($5 donation is recommended)
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