SBCPS – South Bay Reading and Discussion Group April

Ghislaine Boulanger: Shared Trauma

Friday Apr 24, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, via ZOOM

SBRG is hosting a monthly reading/discussion group for interested clinicians at all levels of involvement. Meetings will be held online via ZOOM. Our intent is to gather for a close reading and some discussion of key papers in contemporary psychoanalysis that focus on theory, technique, and/or interesting clinical material.


Boulanger, G., Floyd, L. Nathan, K., Poitevant, D., Pool, E. (2013). Reports from the Front: The Effects of Hurricane Katrina on Mental Health Professionals in New Orleans. Psychoanal. Dial. 23; 15-30.

Boulanger. G. (2013). Fearful Symmetry: Shared Trauma in New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina. Psychoanal. Dial., 23: 31-44.

Boulanger, G. (2019). Finding meaning after Hurricane Harvey. International J. of Applied Psychoanal. Studies. 16. 9 pages. 

OPTIONAL: Boulanger, G. (2007). Toward a Psychodynamic Understanding of Adult Onset Trauma. In: Wounded by Reality: Understanding and Treating Adult Onset Trauma. NJ: Analytic Press. pgs. 1-17.

As Boulanger notes, there is little discussion in the psychoanalytic literature regarding the phenomenon of Shared Trauma. I’m hoping that Boulanger’s work will feel relevant/useful during our current unprecedented crisis. The first three papers deal with the aftermath of a disaster — Hurricane Katrina/Harvey — from the perspective of various clinicians who found themselves treating survivors while, at the same time, dealing with the hurricane’s impact on themselves. Boulanger describes the struggles of various clinicians attempting to maintain a sense of continuity in their ongoing clinical work while coming to realize the intersection of the personal and the professional in situations of shared trauma. The last reading is a chapter from Boulanger’s book on Adult Onset Trauma — for those who would like a more in-depth understanding of Boulanger’s conceptualization of trauma — specifically, catastrophic events in adulthood the impact of which cannot be reduced to the dynamics of childhood trauma.

Julie Gerhardt, PhD – 415-288-4050 — 530 Bush St, Suite 700, SF CA USA —

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April 24th, 2020 7:00 PM
Online via Zoom (Pacific Time Zone)
United States