International Trauma Studies Program is committed to enhancing the
natural resilience and coping capacities in individuals, families,
and communities that have endured and/or are threatened by traumatic
events - domestic and political violence, war and natural disaster.
ITSP pursues its mission through providing professional training,
conducting innovative research, offering technical assistance to
international organizations, and helping build a global learning
community in mental health and human rights.
• TRAUMA AND NARRATIVE THERAPY - MICHAEL WHITE Michael White presented an all day workshop on his narrative therapy approach to working with trauma survivors at the International Trauma Studies Program in New York City
on April 1, 2007
• MORAL INJURIES OF WAR is a public arts and conversation project produced by The International Trauma Studies Program and The Windmill Factory.
Over the past 20 years, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have resulted in hundreds of thousands of casualties and cost trillions of dollars. In such insurgency wars, the line between combatant and noncombatant is often blurred and inevitably leads to countless atrocities.
Many veterans, war correspondents, and other witnesses of these wars are troubled by their experiences and may suffer from moral injury—the sense that one’s fundamental understanding of right and wrong has been violated. What plagues them is not a set of symptoms, but a crisis of conscience. They cannot recognize the kind of person that they have become, given the acts they have committed or witnessed in war. That shame often leads to a desire to self destruct, contributing to the high rates of suicide among U.S. veterans—more than 30 every day. They would rather have an honorable death than live a dishonorable life.
Historically, we have understood the emotional and spiritual aftermath of war-making to be an individual crisis for veterans, journalists, and other witnesses of conflict. But individual therapy or acts of penance are not sufficient. We are all part of the society and political systems that have supported these wars. We are all implicated. So we must all confront the realities of the wars that are being fought in our name.
The moral injuries of those returning from war demand a difficult conversation that we must have today, together.
Moral Injuries of War debuted in 2019 at UNFINISHED, a 4-day festival at the National Museum of Art of Romania for global innovators, artists, visionaries, entrepreneurs and change-makers. In 2020, it was awarded the Gradiva® Award for Best Digital Media.
The experience is currently featured in Al-Madhif: A Confluence, a project at the Schuylkill Center in Philadelphia, bringing together U.S. veterans and Iraqi refugees for acknowledgement and healing. The installation is also being presented in vivo in Woodstock, NY.
A free, virtual conference exploring collective grief and rituals, pathways, and possibilities for healing. Hosted by The Resilience Collective in partnership with Nurture.co, The International Trauma Studies Program, and the Rhiza Collective.
Due to actions committed in our name that violate deeply held moral values, many of us today experience what is called moral distress. Jack Saul, author of Collective Trauma, Colllective Healing and director of the International Trauma Studies Program, asks, “How do we mobilize our individual and collective resilience to mitigate that distress and promote moral repair?” Explore and find creative ways of addressing current moral challenges in your life, and in the world.
• ITSP is proud to announce its Partnership with the Antares Foundation in Amsterdam, integrating trauma informed care with staff stress management. For more info: www.antaresfoundation.org