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Talks at Twelve: Diane Wach, Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Competing Perspectives of Research and Practice: A Case Study in Trauma Debriefing Implementation
Diane Wach, Human Development, Cornell

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

Psychological debriefing following trauma has been a controversial and debated intervention for decades. Typically, the intended outcomes are to normalize the trauma response and reduce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptomatology. Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a crisis intervention system with a debriefing component. In her talk, Diane will explore the history of CISM implementation with regard to the commonalities between and divergence of research and practice perspectives, and the complementary and competing goals and interests of stakeholders.

Diane Wach is a Research Support Specialist in the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect program in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research and a doctoral student in Human Development in the College of Human Ecology. She holds an MSEd from Bucknell University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Diane has worked as a psychotherapist diagnosing and treating diverse populations in a wide-range of clinical settings. She worked with clients coping with stressors along a continuum from daily hassles, to clinical disorders, to trauma - including the September 11th attacks and the Washington, DC sniper incident. Her clinical focus has been in the areas of crisis intervention, trauma disorders, personality disorders, stress, suicide intervention, and child maltreatment. Diane's research is inspired by her clinical experience. Her current research projects are investigating childhood Borderline Personality Disorder precursors as predictors of BPD traits in adulthood, the relationship between anxiety and media selection, and the relationship among media use, emotion regulation, and trauma history.

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