American Family Therapy Academy
2012 Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA. May 16-19, 2012
The American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) welcomes senior family therapists, researchers of family processes, students, and early career professionals interested in an opportunity to learn about and discuss the most innovative work in family therapy practice, theory, and research.
AFTA will convene a one-day (1) Annual Meeting for its members and their invited guests, followed by a two and one-half (2.5) day open conference which AFTA will host for the wider community, bringing together presenters and attendees from around the world. Together we will explore the theme of Family Resilience. see: afta.org/2012
Early Bird Registration for the June 7-10, 2010 Pathways to Resilience II Conference in Halifax Canada is available until
April 12, 2010.
More than 300 presenters from 25 countries will be sharing their work at this international event.
The Resilience Research Centre (www.resilienceresearch.org), its Principal Investigator, Michael Ungar, and the Centre's partners around the world invite you to an international gathering in Halifax, Canada, June 7-10, 2010. Together, we will explore how children, youth, their families and communities from different cultures and contexts overcome adversity and thrive. At this, our second conference, researchers concerned with child and adolescent development, family processes, and the social determinants of health will meet front-line service providers, child advocates, and policy makers from many different professional backgrounds. Our goal is to help those attending share what we know globally about the interaction between psychological factors and the social, economic, political and cultural forces that shape children's and adolescents' pathways to resilience when they are seriously disadvantaged. For more information, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
or click here www.resilienceresearch.org/resilience_10207.html
We look forward to seeing you in Halifax in June!
Our Featured Speakers include:
Sir Michael Rutter, United Kingdom
Laurence Kirmayer, Canada
Jo Boyden, United Kingdom
The Polling For Justice Project, USA
Neerja Sharma, India
Derrick Armstrong, Australia
Petra Engelbrecht, South Africa
Froma Walsh, USA
Jude Simpson, New Zealand
Jeff Reading, Canada
Jack Saul, USA
Xiying Wang, China
Michael Ungar, Canada
Our Pre-Conference Workshops:
Quantitative Resilience Research across Cultures and Contexts
Fons Van de Vijver, Netherlands
Qualitative Approaches to Resilience Research
Michelle Fine, USA,
Clinical Interventions with Youth and Families across Cultures
Kenneth Hardy, USA,
Designing Social Policy to Support Resilience
Petra Engelbrecht, South Africa; Nico Trocme, Canada;
Derrick Amrstrong, Australia
Developing a Culturally Relevant Measure of Resilience
Michael Ungar, Canada; Odin Hjemdal, Norway; Pat Dolan, Ireland;
Linda Liebenberg, Canada; Lyn Worsley, Australia;
Wayne Hammond, Canada; Jackie Sanders, New Zealand
23rd Annual Meeting of the ISTSS, Preventing Trauma and
14-17 November 2007, Baltimore, USA.
Theme of the meeting will be "Preventing Trauma and its Effects:
A Collaborative Agenda for Scientists, Practitioners, Advocates
and Policy Makers." This conference will highlight the advancement
and exchange of knowledge about the prevention of traumatic events
and maladaptive trauma-related reactions. For more information
visit the ISTSS website: www.istss.org/meetings/index.cfm
European Conference on Traumatic Stress, Truth and Trust After
5-9 June 2007, Opatija, Croatia.
A wide range of topics will be addressed: from basic research
in neurobiology and traumatic memory, to the consequences of early
and complex traumatization, epidemiology, new treatment options,
community interventions, prevention and policy making. Of special
interest will be recommended best practice when working with diverse
populations exposed to a variety of traumatic events such as domestic
violence, sexual abuse, disasters, traffic accidents, organized
violence, aid work or military service.
Visit the website for more information: www.ecots2007.com
. (Lynne F. Jones. Cambridge: Harvard University
Press, 2004, 352 pp. $27.95)
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Time: 5:00 to 7:00pm
Place: International Trauma Studies Program, New York University
155 Avenue of the Americas 4th Floor
(at Spring Street in SOHO)
New York, New York 10013 Then They Started ShootingGrowing Up
in Wartime Bosnia Lynne Jones
You are nine years old. Your best friend's father is
arrested, half your classmates disappear from school,
and someone burns down the house across the road. You think
your neighbors were planning to kill your family. You
are eight years old and imprisoned in your home by your
father's old friends. You are ten years old and must
climb a mountain at night to escape the soldiers trying
to shoot you.
What happens to children who grow up with war? How do
they live with the daily reality of danger, hunger,
and loss--and how does it shape the adults they become?
In Then They Started Shooting, child psychiatrist Lynne
Jones draws the reader into the compelling stories of
Serbian and Muslim children who came of age during the
Bosnian wars of the 1990s. These children endured hardship,
loss, family disruption, and constant uncertainty, and
yet in a blow to psychiatric orthodoxy, few showed lasting
signs of trauma. Thoughts of their personal futures
filled their minds, not memories of war.
And yet, Jones suggests in a chilling conclusion, the
war affected them deeply. Officially citizens of the
same country, the two communities live separate, wary lives.
The Muslims hope for reconciliation but cannot believe
in it while so many cannot go home and war criminals
are still at large. The Serbs resent the outside world,
NATO, and fear the return of their Muslim neighbors. Cynical
about politics, all of them mistrust their elected leaders.
War may end, but the persistence of corruption and injustice
keep wounds from healing. ------------------------------------------------ WAR AS A UNIVERSAL TRAUMA
2OTH ANNUAL MEETING
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR TRAUMATIC STRESS STUDIES Date: November 14-17, 2004
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
In November 2004, the International Society for
Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) will hold its 20th Annual
Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. In recognition of
this important anniversary, the meeting will explore a theme
of great international relevance: war as a universal trauma.
To many trauma professionals, the topic of war trauma conjures
up images of soldiers or veterans. In fact, war affects not
only combatants but also the men, women and children in whose
country the fighting takes place, exposing them to danger
and dislocation, and sometimes destroying the institutions
and infrastructure of their societies.
Relatively few armed conflicts are as visible as the recent
wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, or the historic wars of this
century, including World Wars I and II or the Vietnam War.
It is easy to forget that wars can have a cumulative and devastating
impact on the lives of individuals who have experienced them.
The effects are disproportionately severe in the developing
world, where poverty and lack of even basic resources can
exacerbate the problems of living in an active war zone or
in trying to recover after the fighting has stopped.
The scope of the 20th annual meeting is broad in recognition
of the diverse types of populations affected by war: active
duty personnel, veterans, civilian adults and children exposed
to war trauma, aid workers, refugees and internally displaced
persons. Trauma types experienced by these populations include
combat, peacekeeping, terrorism and bioterrorism, as well
as torture, sexual trauma, and other types of violence that
may occur during an armed conflict. Topics will range from
basic science and epidemiology to treatment and prevention,
as well as policy and other issues of social relevance.
------------------------------------------------ FACILITATING PATHWAYS: CARE, TREATMENT AND PREVENTION IN
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH
Sponsor: IACAPAP/International Association of Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions Date: August 22-26, 2004,
Location: Berlin, Germany
Facilitating Pathways will be a challenging experience
to review our current knowledge and to develop future perspectives
for children and families in trouble all over the world. In
spite of much progress in basic and applied sciences of brain
and development and in psychological and psychosocial approaches
for care and treatment, we are still confronted with thousands
of children and adolescents suffering from mental and emotional
disorders, maltreatment, exploitation, hunger and war, and
it is our task to develop for these children pathways into
a better future.
The program will include plenary lectures of leading researchers
in the field, state of the art-lectures, sponsored and invited
symposia, courses, workshops and video-demonstrations devoted
to new results of research with a special focus on implementation
of new findings into everyday practice.
------------------------------------------------ MEMORY AND GLOBALIZATION
XIIIth INTERNATIONAL ORAL HISTORY CONFERENCE
Sponsor: International Oral History Association Date: 23-26 June 2004
Location: ROME, ITALY
Links: www.ioha.fgv.br www.comune.roma.it/cultura/default.asp?
Description: The City Administration of Rome is host to the
XIII International Oral History Conference "Memory and
Globalization " The event is part of the administration's
work for the promotion and development of the city's historical
memory. The very number of applications that were received
by the deadline of August 31, 2003 - over 600, from 64 countries
- is evidence of the growth of oral history internationally,
of the relevance of the subject, and of the attraction of
the venue. The Conference is sponsored by the City government
of Rome, with the support of the Rome Province administration.
It will take place on and around historical Capitol Hill (the
original one!), overlooking the Roman Forum and Coliseum.
The conference will include plenary sessions on Wednesday
afternoon and Saturday morning, and up to twelve concurring
sessions the rest of time. The City of Rome will pay for simultaneous
translation in Spanish, Italian, and English at the plenaries,
while we're working on arranging some kind of consecutive
translation or summarization for the workshops. The conference
will end on Saturday with the IOHA membership meeting.
The City of Rome offers free admission to museums and walking
tours to places of artistic and archaeological interest. Conference
organizer Alessandro Portelli will lead a tour of "sites
of memory" of the Nazi occupation and anti-Fascist Resistance
(in this case, a small contribution will be required for transportation). ------------------------------------------------ THERAPY FROM THE OUTSIDE IN
Sponsor: Therapeutic Conversations 5 Date: Pre-conference: May 4-5, 2004
Conference: May 6-8, 2004
Location: Toronto, Canada
The Therapeutic Conversations 5 Conference experience
is a unique interactive conference gathering for both presenter
and participant. This year we have brought together a wonderfully
diverse group of International Presenters who will speak with
one another from a variety of therapeutic perspectives such
as Family of Origin, African Centered, Solution Based, Feminist,
Ericksonian Hypnosis, Adlerian, Narrative, First Nation, Integrative,
Social Justice, Collaborative and more. Join us in this conversation.
This workshop series presents innovative community
approaches that foster resilience in the face of and in the
aftermath of terrorism, war, and communal violence. The workshop
series may be taken in its entirety or participants may sign
up for individual workshops. Friday Mornings: 9:30am to 1:30pm
Space is limited.
series tuition $650; Individual Workshops; $90. A limited
number of scholarships are available.
Course Moderator Jack Saul, Ph.D. Director, International
Trauma Studies Program, NYU
series of eight half-day workshops designed to aid clinicians
in understanding and integrating a multi-level approach
to trauma treatment in their clinical and community based
practices. Combines presentations and consultations with
leading trauma experts on cases provided by workshop participants.
Fridays - at New York University; $750 tuition, limited spaces.
Moderator: Jack Saul, PhD, Director, International Trauma
FAMILIES IN A TIME OF GLOBAL CRISIS XIV IFTA WORLD
FAMILY THERAPY CONGRESS
Sponsor: International Family Therapy Association (IFTA)
and The Turkish Association of Marital and Family Therapy
(TRAMFT) Date: March 24-27, 2004
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
XIV. IFTA World Congress will ask questions about what
happens to families - what happens to children, parents
and communities after the events, when the immediate crisis
passes? How do families cope with the loss of loved ones,
of country and community? Can healing practices make a difference?
What role does therapeutic help have in providing an integrated
approach which will effect regeneration and rebirth for
the many millions affected by such events? This Congress
will attempt to tackle this global theme through a series
of plenaries, sub-plenaries and workshops which will involve
participants in dialogues about these universal themes. FIRST DAY - MODEL FOR UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF NATURAL
AND MAN MADE DISASTEROUS EVENTS ON FAMILIES AND FAMILY LIFE
Major international figures in the world of economy,
politics, health, humanitarian and social welfare will be
asked to take a "macro" view of how living in
a time of global crisis impacts families. We will examine
the "micro" view of the impact on family life
through a series of events which will aim to involve congress
participants in reflective conversation in order to share
information, share experiences and together develop understanding.
Themes will include the long-term impact of wars, of mass
murder, political abuse, disruption of home, migration,
communities, terrorism, AIDS, global infections, the impact
of refugee status, natural disasters, fire, flood and famine.
SECOND DAY - EFFECTIVE INTERVENTION IN FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
LIFE IN A TIME OF GLOBAL CRISIS
Family and systemic practitioners speak with many voices.
Traditional approaches; Structural, Strategic, Dynamic,
and more recent approaches; Narrative, Constructivist, Collaborative
and Solution Focused. Within the field there is inevitably
a competition to establish which voice will be dominant.
Yet what is common to all these voices is a concern to restore,
rebuild and renew shattered attachments and relationships,
to ameliorate the overwhelming emotional impact of loss,
trauma and change, and to help establish new identities,
a sense of belonging and community. How effective are such
approaches, how relevant to rebuilding family and community
life? How do our approaches need to be modified to become
more effective? How can we create a therapeutic healing
network? We will review current research and practice developments,
and share the results of effective regenerative projects
through the world and the contribution of our approaches. THIRD DAY - HELPING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES DEVELOP
RESILIENCE, HOPE AND EMPOWERMENT
Although we may help a particular family or community
to begin to recover and find a new way of being in a changed
world, the world will continue to be a context for crisis
and challenge. Increasingly the field of family and systemic
practice is focusing on the issue of resilience, finding
ways to free the next generation from the shadow and blight
of events which have disrupted their parents' lives. We
will review progress of work in developing family and community
resilience through sharing projects and discussing models
American Family Therapy Academy Presents an all day Workshop
on Trauma. Open to Professionals, Graduate Students and
the Community of Helpers
June 29, 2002
8:00 am - 5:15 pm
Holiday Inn Martinique on Broadway
32nd St. & Broadway, New York, NY
10:30 am-1:30 pm
New York University
Main Building - Room 408
100 Washington Square East
presentation will explore the implications of how the brain
and body process extreme experiences, suggesting new avenues
of effective therapeutic action. We will see that the trauma
response is a specific defensive bodily reaction that people
initially mobilize in order to protect themselves against
feeling the totality of their horror, helplessness or pain.
ultimately, it keeps them frozen and stuck in the past,
unable to be Present in the here and now. Fixed in the defensive
trauma response, the fear, shame, defeat and humiliation,
associated with the original event, replays itself over
and over again in the body-detached from history but experienced
in the present.
therapies have attempted to change perceptions of the world
by means of reason and insight, using conditioning, behavior
modification, and medication. However, our perceptions remain
fundamentally unchanged until the internal felt experience
of the body changes. Even after the death of a loved one,
physical injury, rape, assault, exposure to collective terror,
people can learn to have new bodily experiences allowing
them to heal and accept what has happened. These experiences,
which directly contradict those of fear and helplessness,
help people move forward to create new lives and new communities.
Case video material from a WTC survivor will demonstrate
simple tools that can help people move through traumatic
states, to completion and resolution.
more than 35 years, Dr. Peter Levine has studied the human
response to stress and trauma. Dr. Levine has consulted
and taught at hospitals and pain clinics worldwide and worked
in areas where natural disasters, military actions and social
dislocation have taken place. In 1999 he visited the Middle
East where he worked with a group of Palestinian, Turkish
and Israeli mental health workers to focus on the emotional
and historical wounds of trauma.
BIO Peter Levine is a member of the Institute of World Affairs
Task Force of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. He
also serves on the Presidential Initiative on Ethnopolitical
Warfare, which is developing a training and postgraduate
curriculum for dealing with large-scale disaster and ethno-political
conflict. Levine received his PhD in medical biophysics
from the University of California at Berkeley, and also
holds a doctorate in psychology from International University.
He is the author of Waking the Tiger - Healing Trauma, available
in eight languages.
Working with Violence-Affected Families and Communities;
Lessons Learned from the Field in Africa Speaker: Nancy
Saturday. March 2, 2002
10:00 am-4:00 pm
New York University, Main Building, Room 714
100 Washington Square East
innovative workshop will examine the relevance of
using helping models from developing countries with
long-standing conflict in the work with communities
in New York City affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
In particular, comprehensive community-based psychosocial
and mental health interventions developed in Uganda,
Sudan and Burundi, to assist populations affected
by violence will be examined. These build on the natural
strengths of the traditional African society, empowering
families and communities to manage members' psychosocial
to be discussed include:
Effect of mass community education about psychosocial
and mental health issues on community values and
Implementation of community crisis intervention
teams and their effectiveness in reducing deaths
by suicide and controlling family and community
Effect of recreation and cultural activities on
enhancing the self-esteem of youth and promoting
peace and reconciliation between warring tribes.
Use of story-telling to promote family communication
about traumatic events and facilitate healing.
Effects of spirituality and traditional belief on
"Cascade" of training approach which promotes
will focus on reasons for these interventions' effectiveness
in the African context, and on how the underlying
principles and techniques can provide useful direction
for community interventions with violence-affected
and refugee populations in the U.S. Nancy Baron received
her Doctorate in Education at the University of Massachusetts
in Family Therapy and Counseling Psychology. For the
past 12 years, she has lived and worked in war-torn
countries, including Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Indonesia.
She is, at present, the Psychosocial Advisor for the
Transcultural Psycho-Social Organization (TPO), a
Dutch non-governmental organization specializing in
community based psycho-social and mental health work
with victims of war. Currently based in Africa, Dr.
Baron coordinates programs for refugees and internally
displaced people in Uganda, Southern Sudan and Burundi.
workshop is partially funded by a grant from the Office
of Refugee Resettlement, US Department of Health and
Ground Zero Community Initiative is a grass roots,
ITSP-sponsored, community-strengthening project supporting
families and educators in the downtown school communities
most affected by the 9/11 events.
International Trauma Studies Program is sponsored
by the Department of Psychiatry New York University
School of Medicine. It operates as an interdepartmental
collaboration between the Ehrenkranz School of Social
Work, the Division of Nursing and the Department of
Applied Psychology at NYU's School of Education, and
the Center for War Peace and the News Media at NYU's
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Friday, January 18, 2002
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
New York University, Main Building, ROOM TO BE ANNOUNCED
100 Washington Square East (between Waverly and Washington
workshop will focus on traumatic stress and the family
system, four months after the tragedy. The following
topics will be covered:
Sense of safety
C. Caretaking capabilities
D. Sense of meaning and predictability of life
E. Day to day routines
PROCESSES COINCIDING AMONG THOSE AFFECTED
Greiving of varying sorts
B. Acute traumatic response
C. Post traumatic symptoms
D. Dislocation of daily routines
E. Reorganization of daily life
G. Development of personal and family narratives
H. Developement and new stresses over the past 4
ASPECTS OF SUCCESSFUL COPING
B. Predictable sense of the future
C. Active role in resolution of immediate problems
D. Competency in day to day activities
E. Meaningful and useful social support
F. A sense of meaning and value associated with
survival and recovery
G. Degree of recognition and regard socially for
pre or during tragedy behavoir
DIFFERENCES AMONG THOSE WHO SEEK ASSISTANCE
Loss of a close family member-spouse
B. Loss of a close friend or colleague
C. Loss of one or more individual one feels responsible
Loss of an acquaintance
E. Survivor of hte tragedy
F. Observer whos life (home, work, school) was disrupted
by the tragedy
G. Observer who did not experience direct loss and
who experienced minimal life disruption
Distant observer (through media) whose effect has
been mainly cognitive and emotional and whose difficulties
most closely reflect pre-existing problems
SIGNS OF DISTRESS
B. Trauma Reactions
C. Other Symptoms
Availability and listening
B. Education about symptoms
C. Repetitive reassurance about normailty of emotional
D. Encourgement of recognizing options and making
E. Support for recognizing "true self" and basic
F. Support for competency
G. Accepting recurrent experience of distress and
long term nature of recovery
H. Constantly reminding individual of their value,
of their struggle to establish meaning and of their
need to establish a new equilibrium
What children need
B. Response depends to a large degree upon response
C. Maintenance of daily routine very helpful
D. Explanations and discussion must fit developmental
level and must be repeated
E. Children with preexisting difficulties will have
most difficulty with loss
F. Support for competence and achievement essential
G. Spiritual values often very helpful
H. Parents/caretakers will need support and space
for dealing with their own emotional reactions,
greiving losses and redirecting their lives as adults
I. Simultaneously each family remembers its loss
and pursues its new reality
J. Decrease parent-child role reveral
Many communities affected by the tragedy
B. Time frames for grieving, remembering and recovery
may not be synchronous
C. Communities include institutions affected and
which can provide support simultaneously for grieving
and continued funtioning
D. Challenge to communities involves how to be different
and renewed differently
OF RECOVERY EFFORTS
B. Involvement in memorialization
C. Bureacratic processes-death certificates, etc.
D. Role of heroism and recognition of herosim
E. Survivors' experience , loss and efforts to establish
F. National efforts, role of war effort and efforts
toward establishing accountability
G. Lingering desire to return to 8:40am Tuesday,
September 11, 2001
INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY NARRATIVE: IN THE END IT IS
EACH INDIVIDUAL'S AND FAMILY'S STRUGGLE TO DEVELOP
HIS/HER/THEIR OWN COHERENT STORY (STORIES) OF THEIR
LOSS(ES) THAT IS MOST IMPORTANT AND THE EFFORT OF
HELPERS IS TO FURTHER THAT PROCESS AND WITNESS/SUPPORT
THAT STRUGGLE. EACH INDIVIDUAL'S/FAMILY'S STORY WILL
BE UNIQUE AND LIVING OUT THAT STORY WILL PRESENT UNIQUE
FATIGUE: REMEMBER THE POSSIBILITY OF COMPASSION FATIGUE
AMONG THE HELPERS (YOU) ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY (LIKE
ALL OF US) HAVE BEEN TRAUMATIZED BY THE SAME TERRORISTIC
A. Appreciate the need for respite and the need
for support for one’s own reaction to the tragedy.
B. Recognize when supervision is helpful
C. Appreciate the need to pursue one’s own relationships
and interests or hobbies
D. It is essential to share the stories of the work
and create one’s own narrative of the experience
E. Appreciate that each individual will need to
pursue his or her own path to adaptation
F. Maintain focus upon your specific agenda
Friday, December 21, 2001
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
New York University, Main Building, ROOM 809
100 Washington Square East
(between Waverly and Washington Place)
Family and community support have been found to be
the most crucial factors in successful recovery following
disasters similar to those of September 11. This workshop
offers a framework for designing multi-systemic interventions
for prevention and resolution of trauma. Particular
attention will be paid to:
Traumatic Stress and the Family System
and understanding family themes, scripts, strengths
Learning to mobilize family resources towards
resilience rather than vulnerability.
techniques for intervening in families.
introduction to Transitional Family Therapy.
Healthy and Resilient Communities
collaboration between natural and artificial
the cultural contexts and dimensions of trauma
and the impact of trauma on communities and
society at large.
the Community Towards Primary Secondary and Tertiary
multi-systemic interventions for prevention
and resolution of trauma.
all levels of individual, family and community
involvement, with special attention to issues
of health, spirituality, culture and life cycle
stage of individuals, families and community.
Assessing available resources and vulnerabilities,
protective factors, and interventions for each
Friday, December 14, 2001
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
New York University, Main Building, ROOM 714
100 Washington Square East
(between Waverly and Washington Place)
Mental health professionals offering on-going services
for those affected by the recent terrorist attacks
on September 11th will find a phase-oriented approach
to the treatment of trauma and loss very helpful in
organizing treatment interventions. This workshop
will offer a review of the following:
Phases of Trauma Recovery and Intervention
Working through trauma (Remembrance and Mourning)
for Successful Intervention
or pathological bereavement
of functioning: work, family, and identity
Friday, November 16, 2001
9:00 AM -1:30 PM
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, NYU
53 Washington Square South
and Clinicians who are working with those affected
by the World Trade Center Disaster.
HOW THE MIND PROCESSES TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES: THINKING,
FEELING AND SENSING.
AND THE ROLE OF COMMUNITY IN THE HEALING PROCESS
the brain processes extreme events.
Psychophysiology and neuroendocrinology of trauma:
Trauma and memory: the fragmentation of traumatic
memories and somatic re-experiencing.
The Body keeps the score.
DEVELOPMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS. CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS.
CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS: HOE CULTURAL CONSTRUCTS
AFFECT THE TRAUMA RESPONSE
styles and mechanisms.
How preexisting character affect response and treatment.
Pros and cons of debriefing.
The phase oriented treatment approach
Stabilization and resource building.
Psycho-education, somatic approaches and psychopharmacology
Creating a narrative.
Finding "stuck points" and triggers.
Processing fragmented memories: EMDR, and other
non-verbally oriented techniques.
Group psychotherapy approaches
THE WORLD TRADE CENTER DISASTER, MENTAL HEALTH AND
WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED FROM THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH; WHAT
WE CAN DO TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
November 2, 2001
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Main Building, Room 806, New York University
AND CLINICIANS WHO ARE WORKING WITH THOSE AFFECTED BY
THE WTC TERRORIST ATTACK
TRAUMA THEORY AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO THE TERRORIST
ATTACKS OF 9/11
Brief History of the Trauma Field
Terminology and Definition
Philosophy of Intervention - Normal Response Vs.
A Family and Community Centered Approach
How can we use what we already know about trauma?
How is this event different?
Ongoing Anxiety and Threat
the brain responds to threat
The impact of trauma on memory
Physiologic, Affective, Cognitive and Behavioral
is "normal"? What is commonly experienced?
Responses of Children and Adults
DSM IV TR
ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTIONS
risks and vulnerabilities
Age and developmental status
Previous traumatic events
Intervention Approaches: Immediate and Long Term
Safety and Stability
Cognitive and Physical Management of Reactions
Social Support (being supported and supporting
re-traumatization through self-care
Closure vs. Re-activation of the traumatic response.
Family centered approach
Group work (community and workplace)
School and Community Based Designs
of Trauma: Four Approaches Integrating Mind and Body in the
March 16-17, 2001 (9:00am-5:00pm)
Main Building, Room 520
New York University
To be traumatized is to be frozen in some aspect of being.
This can take many forms from a subtle loss of vitality to
massive anxiety that cripples one's every waking hour. During
the past ten years the field of neurobiology has virtually
exploded with new research on the human response to trauma.
While there is more and more information on the how trauma
affects the brain and body, there is much less known about
treatment approaches incorporating this new paradigm. Does
healing and recovery include both dimensions, mind and body?
Trauma treatment may need to extend beyond the traditional
verbal methods, which focus primarily on relational, emotive
and cognitive dimensions. The new body-oriented therapies
can offer an approach to include the body in the treatment
process. During this two-day seminar clinicians will be introduced
to four body-oriented therapies. The four presenters Diane
Poole Heller, MA, LPC, NCC, David Read Johnson, Ph.D., RDT
, Nancy J. Napier, MFT, Amber E. Gray, MPH, MA, DTR, BENC
are innovative experts in their fields and will discuss and
demonstrate their methodologies for incorporating psycho-physiological
treatment of trauma.
Program Overview Welcoming Remarks and Introduction
Jack Saul, PhD, Director, International Trauma Studies Program,
NYU Janice Crawford, CSW, NCPsyA, Trauma Educator and Therapist,
Private Practice, NYC Expanding Horizons in Research and Practice
Donna A. Gaffney, DNSc, FAAN Coordinator, Education and Training,
International Trauma Studies Program, NYU Workshops/Presentations
"An Introduction to Somatic Experiencing"
Diane Poole Heller, MA, LPC, NCC, Director of Training for
Rocky Mountain Psychotherapy Associates, The Foundation for
Human Enrichment, Denver, CO "Embodiment, Encounter,
and Transformation in Trauma Treatment: The Body Speaks the
Core" David Read Johnson, Ph.D., RDT, Post Traumatic
Stress Center, New Haven, CT "The Energy Therapies: Moving
Beyond Suffering" Nancy J. Napier, MFT, Private Practice,
New York City
"Resourcing: Facilitating Recovery from Severe Trauma
in Refugees and Survivors of Torture" Amber E. Gray,
MPH, MA, DTR, BENC, Rocky Mountain Survivors' Center, Denver,
CO A book exhibit featuring works by all authors and other
trauma related titles will be available. Registration cost
for the two-day program is $175.00, including lunch on both
days. The student rate is $125 Early registration is advised
as space is limited. For complete schedule and information,
Mental Health Challenges in Post-War Kosova
November 15, 2000
6:30 - 8:30pm, NYU Main Building, Room 408
Ferid N. Agani, M.D.
Visiting Faculty, International Trauma Studies Program
New York University
Dr. Agani is Assistant Professor of Neuropsychiatry on the
Medical Faculty at the University of Prishtina, Kosova. He
is the founder and chairman of the "Institute for Mental
Health Recovery of Kosova," a non-governmental organization
formed in 1999, co-leader of the International Project "The
Kosovar Family, Professional Educational Collaborative,"
and the World Health Organization (WHO ) consultant on the
Reform of Mental Health Services in Kosova.
A central figure in the modernization and reform of the public
mental health system in Kosova, Dr. Agani spoke about the
current mental health situation in Kosova and the Kosovar
family as a context for traumatization and recovery following
A Continuum of Care from Primary Prevention to Clinical
Services November 16-19, 2000
The 16th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic
Stress Studies (ISTSS) was held in San Antonio, Texas. The
meeting sought to highlight community public health efforts
for the prevention and treatment of the effects of traumatic
stress through the application of scientific and technical
knowledge. A major educational goal of the meeting was to
enhance awareness of the complementary roles of public health
and clinical practice approaches to treating the effects of
traumatic stress internationally, regionally, and locally.
Assessing the Needs of Torture Survivors in Turkey
July 20, 2000
Murat Paker, M.D., Ph.D., provided an overview of the human
rights situation in Turkey.
Dogan Sahin, M.D., focused specifically on the organizational,
social, medical, and psychological aspects of torture survivors.
Murat Paker, M.D., Ph.D., originally a medical doctor from
Turkey , completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1999
at the New School University. Dr. Paker has conducted several
research studies on the psychology of torture survivors and
has published extensively on the human rights situation in
Turkey. Dogan Sahin, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Psychiatry
Department of the Istambul Medical Faculty has been working
as consultant and therapist for the Human Rights Foundation
of Turkey and is currently a visiting scholar at ITSP. He
has conducted several research studies and has published extensively
on the psychology of torture survivors, as well as on human
rights. Between 1990 and 1992, he was an Executive Committee
Member of the Istambul Medical Center of the Turkish Medical
Testimony, Witnessing and Social Responsibility
May 25, 2000
"Video Testimony of Genocide: The Struggle for a Narrative
of Trauma" Dori Laub, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Medicine
Co-Founder of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
Director of International Study Group of Trauma, Violence
"Staging the Unspeakable: Report on Theater Arts Against
Political Violence in New York City and the Altrimenti Theater
of Milan in Pristina, Kosovo"
Steven Reisner, Ph.D.
Faculty, International Trauma Studies Program
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers
College, Columbia University
"Testimony as Expression and Catalyst for Political Action"
Jack Saul, Ph.D.
Director, International Trauma Studies Program, New York University
Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, New York University School
"Bearing Witness: History, Re-enactment and Violence"
Sandra Bloom, M.D.
Director, Sanctuary Hospital, Philadelphia
Screening of the award-winning film They Come at Night May 31, 2000
The Cantor Film Center
New York University
"They Come at Night" is the story of two women in
Los Angeles in the late 1980's whose lives become linked in
a dramatic story of fear, courage and respect.....one life
that of a Salvadorian refugee fleeing death squads and the
other an American psychotherapist drawn into the struggle
of a refugee for justice and freedom from terror.
All Proceeds to Benefit CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with
the People of El Salvador) and Victim Services/Solace, A Program
for Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma.
Peace of Mind May 7, 2000
The screening of this award-winning documentary, organized
in collaboration with Global Action Project, focused on coexistence
as seen through the eyes of Israeli and Palestinian teens.
A discussion with Producers Mark Landsman, Susan Siegel and
Youth Producer Bushra Jawabri followed the screening.
Overcoming the Suffering from Political Violence through
Cultural and Spiritual Resources, A Guatemalan-Mayan Case
Study March 24, 2000
This day-long workshop, presented by Victim Services/Solace
and REFUGE centered around an experiential presentation by
Sisters Barbara Ford and Virginia Searing, Sisters of Charity
of St. Vincent de Paul, Mental Health Trainers in El Quiche,
Guatemala. Panel Presentations on cultural and spiritual resources
for healing from political violence in the Somali, Salvadorian
and Liberian Refugee Communities and discussion followed.
The Arts and Survivors of Political Violence-A Bosnian
Study November 19, 1999
This conference, sponsored by Solace (a program of Victim
Services working with survivors of torture and refugee trauma
in NYC) and REFUGE (ITSPs multi-disciplinary center
for human rights), was led by Melinda Meyer, Director of the
Norwegian Institute for the Expressive Arts Therapies, Head
Nurse and Expressive Arts Therapist at the Psychosocial Center
for Refugees at the University of Oslo, Norway, and faculty
member, University of Central America, Managua, Nicaragua.
Ms. Meyer had conducted a longitudinal research project with
Bosnian refugees from 1992-1998. Two films were produced by
the project. The first, entitled " In Exile From the
Body," focuses on stress-management and utilization of
movement, sound and drama as the main methods of promoting
healing. The making of the film helped the refugees put together
their stories and create new narratives. The second film,
made in 1999, is entitled "Returning to Life." It
documents the same group' s preparation for return to Bosnia
in 1996 and two years later following repatriation. This film
focuses on the expressive arts and film as therapeutic methods.
The conference, through a didactic and experiential format,
combined the clinical and the creative in the understanding
of trauma. As such the films were shown and the methods were
demonstrated. It also explored the use of creative models
and artistic expression in working with survivors of trauma
and their families. Activities involved the review of the
creative act of bearing witness and working through trauma
by providing testimony, as well as a look at the role of the
creative imagination in the survivor's reconstruction of a
personal narrative and identity after trauma
Hell March 31, 1999
This seminar, organized in conjunction with New York Universitys
Center for War, Peace and the News Media, Department of Journalism
and Mass Communication, focused on journalists ability
to and ways of handling survivors trauma and their own,
when reporting from the frontlines.
Unmasking the Role of Trauma in Addiction February 25, 1999
This workshop, co-sponsored by the Division of Nursing at
New York University, the New York State Office of Mental Health
and the Mental Health Association of New York City, Inc, explored
the etiologic and consequential links of trauma and addiction,
as well as the implications of applying concepts central to
trauma in clinical practice with substance abusing clients.
While acknowledging the influence of trauma and substance
abuse on the therapeutic interventions of care providers,
it sought to develop strategies for self care in work with