Freud once called trauma that’s locked away “a splinter in the mind.” For decades, Saturday Night Live star Darrell Hammond grappled with a splinter of his own. Growing up with abusive parents, he later resorted to self-harm and substance abuse, even at the peak of his famed career. In this workshop, watch an exclusive pre-screening of Cracked Up, a documentary chronicling Hammond’s healing journey, then join a discussion with renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk and filmmaker Michelle Esrick as they break down the documentary’s clinical relevance. You’ll learn:
- What it means to create a healing narrative about trauma in the wider world and your work with clients
- How to reframe trauma as a “mental injury” rather than a mental illness
- The impact of early childhood trauma on the developing brain, memory, and later-life behavior
Note: No CE credit for the a.m. Cracked Up screening (204); 2 CE credits for the p.m. discussion (304).
Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center, and the bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score. Michelle Esrick is an award-winning filmmaker, poet, and social activist.