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Digital Seminar

Applications of Somatic Experiencing with Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Cara Miller, PhD
1 Hour 03 Minutes
Oct 21, 2021
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Deaf and hard of hearing people frequently experience unique challenges and opportunities in accessing support for trauma resolution and healing. Research suggests that this population is nearly twice as likely to report experiences of trauma and to meet criteria for PTSD compared to hearing populations. Along with higher reported rates of childhood maltreatment, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and crime victimization. This recording will discuss ways in which the Somatic Experiencing framework and tools can be utilized to support improved quality of care and more effective outcomes for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals and communities. Particular emphasis will be made on effective adaptation of SE for Deaf and hard of hearing clients, and ways of supporting access to Somatic Experiencing training among Deaf and hard of hearing SE students and practitioners.



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Dr. Cara Miller received her B.A. in Psychology at Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Gallaudet University in D.C. After completing practica at Counseling and Psychological Services centers of Gallaudet and George Mason Universities, Dr. Miller completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Counseling Center at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, and went on to complete her post-doctoral fellowship through the University of California Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services in Berkeley, California. A generalist by training, Dr. Miller has worked with college students, young adults, and adults across the lifespan in higher education, counseling center, and inpatient settings.

With a specialty in the psychology of human-animal interaction, Dr. Miller has presented nationally and internationally to assistance dog industry professionals, legislators, trainers, and organizations in the public and private sectors on assistance dog partnerships, disability advocacy, and the human-animal bond.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Cara Miller has an employment relationship with Gallaudet University. She is a consultant and receives compensation. Dr. Miller receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Cara Member is a member of the board and a committee member for the Human-Animal Interaction section of the American Psychological Association.

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  1. Categorize and define at least three particular types of trauma often encountered by Deaf and hard of hearing people.
  2. Determine barriers and challenges to support-seeking among Deaf and hard of hearing people, along with resilience risk and protective factors.
  3. Practice culturally-responsive approaches in working with Deaf and hard of hearing people through an SE lens.


  • Trauma-related conditions related to deaf and hard of hearing people 
  • Barriers to seeking support 
  • Culturally responsive approaches 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Psychologists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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