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Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D.

Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D. served as the Senior Consultant for Child and Adolescent Trauma at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore Maryland until 2019. Currently she is the President of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence.  Her psychotherapy practice specializes in consultation for children and adolescents suffering from dissociative symptoms and disorders, supervision of clinicians, and her forensic practice specializes in child sexual abuse.  She has served as an expert witness in 27 states.

She is past-president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) and contributing editor to the society’s journal, the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. She is the recipient of the 1992 Walter P. Klopfer Award for her research, 1997 Cornelia Wilbur Award for clinical excellence, and the 2011 William Friedrich Award for work on Child Sexual Abuse. Silberg is the editor of The Dissociative Child (Sidran Press) and co-editor of Misinformation Concerning Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Survivors (Haworth Press). She has presented nationally and internationally on child abuse, psychotherapy, and protecting abused children in family court. She has been the consultant for DVLEAP's Custody and Abuse Project with Office on Violence Against Women, and her project involves an analysis of cases in which judicial decisions that imperil children are reversed by later judicial decisions. She is also consultant for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network grant through Northwestern University's Feinberg Medical Centers's Child Trauma Assessment and Service Planning Center. Her newest book the second edition of The Child Survivor: Healing Developmental Trauma and Dissociation, is expected to be released in May, 2021 Dr. Silberg is the 2013 recipient of the Champion for Children Award from the Domestic Violence and Legal Empowerment Appeals Project (DVLEAP), and the 2013 recipient of the Written Media Award for her book, The Child Survivor, awarded by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

The Kathleen Dunn Show

Special Guest: Joyanna Silberg, PhD

Troubled Family Courts and Child Sexual Abuse


Dylan Farrow recently wrote an open letter to The New York Times detailing alleged abuse by Woody Allen when she was 7-year-old. Allen fired back in an open letter of his own this weekend. The circumstances in their public family drama isn't new to many. Kathleen spends the hour with two experts on family law and child sexual abuse discussing the troubled system that is supposed to protect victims. LISTEN NOW >>​

VoiceAmerica Health & Wellness ​

Special Guest: Joyanna Silberg, PhD

Inspired Journeys: When Love Turns to Hate: Managing Divorce While Keeping Kids Out of the Middle


In this show, Dr. Silberg will explain how some people who are domestic abusers can use the children in a form of domestic violence by proxy, hoping to hurt their ex, by physically, sexually, or emotionally abusing the children.  Many domestic violence perpetrators threaten their spouses by using their children as pawns, convincing their partners that they will never see their children again if they leave the marriage. As we explore this dynamic, Dr. Silberg will explain how courts sometimes misunderstand the way that battered women present in court. We will process the difference between the normal badmouthing that occurs in any divorce situation and the lethal emotional abuse found in "dv by proxy." The notion of parental alienation will be dissected and explained, and we will talk about "high conflict" divorce and why that is often a misnomer. We will also identify where parents can get help when their children are subjected to this form of trauma.  LISTEN NOW >>​

VoiceAmerica Health & Wellness 

Special Guest: Joyanna Silberg, PhD

Inspired Journeys: Understanding and Working with Childhood Dissociation


Join Lisa Ferentz and Dr. Joyanna Silberg as they define and explain the dissociative process, and distinguish it from other confusing or perplexing childhood behaviors.  They will explore the emotional, cognitive and physical symptoms that parents, teachers, and mental health professionals are likely to see in kids and adolescents who use this coping strategy. Their guest will explain why kids dissociate, helping listeners understand the connection between dissociation and a variety of traumatic experiences. They will also look at the impact that dissociation has on kids' functioning in school, at home, and with peers. They will identify the manifestations of dissociation across different developmental stages.  Listeners will learn about the ways in which adult responses can either mitigate or further add to a child's dissociative state.  They will explore the fundamental goals of treatment when working with dissociation and share positive examples of kids who have been able to live more fully integrated and healed lives.  LISTEN NOW >>

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