In a recent episode of Alexandra M. Harrison’s podcast series, BPSI Member Paola Contreras, PsyD speaks about her work with victims of trauma in Latin America and in the US. Click on the player below to listen.

Paola Michelle Contreras, PsyD is BPSI Psychoanalyst Member, Co-Chair of Community Division and the 2019 Arthur R. Kravitz Award recipient (click here to watch a recent video interview about her humanitarian work). Since 2006 Dr. Contreras has provided education and training to law enforcement, legal professionals, as well as national and international anti-trafficking organizations, advocating for legislation sensitive for survivors of human trafficking. She has published important articles, most recently The Magical and the My-Person in Psychoanalysis During the Covid Pandemic and Psychological Treatment: Reflections on a Psychoanalytic Perspective to Work with Human Trafficking, and co-produced a short documentary on human trafficking. She is an Assistant Professor at William James College in Newton, and in addition to her teaching and advocacy, she has a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Alexandra Murray Harrison, MD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and on the Faculty of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Certificate Program at University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Harrison has a private practice in both adult and child psychoanalysis and psychiatry. In the context of visits to orphanages in Central America and India, Dr. Harrison has developed a model for mental health professionals in developed countries to volunteer their consultation services to caregivers of children in care in developing countries in the context of a long term relationship with episodic visits and regular Skype and video contact. Her blog Supporting Child Caregivers gathers important information on parenting and education of children during the pandemic. Listen to Dr. Harrison’s other helpful tips about child development and parenting issues in her new podcast The SCC Pod.

Alexandra Harrison can be contacted by email here.

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