The Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling&Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University will hold a graduate colloquium,”Psychological Trauma: Its Nature and Treatment,”from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in 510 Allen Hall.

Dr. Akira Otani will review the nature of trauma, common theoretical models of trauma and treatment strategies like phase-specific psychotherapy. Other topics include recent MRI and PET scan findings on the impact of psychological trauma on the brain and, if time allows, clinical issues related to vicarious trauma and countertransference.

Otani received his Ed.D. from WVU in 1985 and is a diplomate in psychological hypnosis. He currently works as senior staff psychologist at the University of Maryland Counseling Center.

The colloquium is open to WVU students, faculty, staff and the general public at no charge. To reserve a spot, contact Karen Smith at 304-293-3807 ext. 1202 or KRSmith@mail.wvu.edu .