Psychological trauma refers to an experience that is emotionally painful, distressful, or shocking, and one that often has long-term negative mental and physical (including neurological) consequences. The experiences of trauma are universal and are encountered by individuals of all ages, ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups. Psychological traumas may be compounded by physical traumas such as those experienced by orthopedic and rheumatology patients. The impact is felt not only by individuals and their families, but also by hospital staff members caring for them.
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S. Lala Straussner, PhD, LCSW, is a full professor teaching in both the Social Work Practice and Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) areas, and the PhD and DSW Programs at New York University Silver School of Social Work. She is the current Chair of the HBSE area. She also directs the School’s Post-Master’s Certificate Program in the Clinical Approaches to the Addictions. Dr. Straussner has taught in the School’s Global programs in Italy, Israel, and Shanghai, China. Previously she was twice selected as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, once to Ukraine and once to Israel, and in 2013 received the highest level of Fulbright fellowships, as a Fulbright Chair to the Czech Republic.
Dr. Straussner is the founding editor of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions and has numerous publications including 22 books, 25 book chapters, and almost 50 peer-reviewed journal publications. Her latest project is a national study of over 6,000 social workers looking at their health, substance use and mental health issues. Preliminary findings from the study can be seen at https://wp.nyu.edu/socialworkers. She also just received a grant to do an international survey of health and mental health professionals focusing on their views and knowledge regarding medical cannabis.
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