Trauma-Informed Approaches to Academia- NeMLA 2021 Conference

Страна: США

Город: Philadelphia

Тезисы до: 30.09.2020

Даты: 13.03.21 — 15.03.21

Область наук: Психологические;

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Организаторы: NeMLA


Trauma Informed Care is a term initiated within mental health practices and especially prevalent within work that aims to support vulnerable populations like LGBTQIAP,  sexual harassments and domestic violence survivors, indigenous peoples, people of color and more. Here, the idea is to approach the support of these precarious  lives with the assumption that  they are possibly have endured or enduring diverse forms of trauma “irrespective of the service provided and whether trauma history is known” and to treat them with sensibilities and knowledge that trauma in general would inform (Isobel 589) So, why do we want to talk about trauma informed care in the Graduate School? After all, graduate studies, and especially Ph.D. study, is aimed at a pleasurable learning experience: learning how to research, to produce valuable epistemological knowledges, to teach, to become the intellectual that the university necessitates. Ideally, a graduate student is a researcher, a professor, a teacher in the making; an apprentice that will become a colleague soon with a unique perspective that contribute to their selected topics. However, the real experience of the graduate students is far from a quest of epistemological and vocational becoming. Based on a 2018 study titled “Evidence for a mental health crisis in graduate education” where a large amount graduate students, most of them Ph.D are surveyed, we learn that “graduate students are more than six times as likely to experience depression and anxiety as compared to the general population” and this number increases of course when they are LGBTQIAP or identify as women.(Evans et al.) Other studies underline the sexual harassment and its negative effects on graduate students (Rosenthal and al.)

Some of the suggested topics are:

  • The structure of the university and the job market and the role of the graduate students within
  • Power in graduate education
  • Unionization and recognition of graduate student’s labour
  • Countering discrimination in the graduate school
  • Trauma informed a advisor- student relationship or what would that look like
  • Best practices and approaches of survival
  • Race, gender, immigration, ability and graduate studies
  • Gender based violence in graduate studies and academia
  • Job Market and its discontents
  • Communal responses to graduate struggles
  • Decolonizing academic studies
  • New possibilities for graduate education

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