COURSE IN INTERNATIONAL TRAUMA STUDIES: 2003-2004
Comprehensive Course in International Trauma Studies offers an introduction
to the field with a comprehensive overview of the nature of the
traumatic events and their bio-psycho-social and cultural impact.
This multi-systemic or ecological approach combines clinical and
community oriented perspectives in the assessment and planning of
intervention strategies with individuals, families and communities.
Attention is paid to the socio-cultural and human rights contexts
of trauma work as well as the impact trauma work has on providers,
their families and organizations. An overview of international perspectives
in the psycho-social response to traumatic events includes presentation
of guidelines for best practices, development of community and nation
based programs, ethnic and political conflict, justice, and reconciliation.
Multidisciplinary perspectives on the representation of trauma in
the arts, literature and media are presented. The course consists
of 9 one and a half day workshops and 9 salons that include didactic,
experiential learning, and focus on practical skill building for
everyday work and life.
Course Professor: Jack Saul, Ph.D.
Executive Director, International Trauma Studies Program
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry
New York University School of Medicine
Program & Student Coordinator: Susanna
Kearney, MPS Art Therapist
Course Orientation Introduction to the
program and staff members
Guest Workshop Facilitator: Esther Perel, M.A.
Faculty, International Trauma Studies Program, NYU
Family Studies Unit, New York University School of Medicine
Module 1: Trauma, Understanding, Healing and Prevention
Presenter: Soeren Buus Jensen, M.D. Ph.D.
Director, Global Psychiatric and Psycho-social Initiatives (GPSI)
Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, International Trauma Studies Program,
Dr. Jensen of the International University Center for Mental Health
and Human Rights is co-founder and senior advisor of the International
Trauma Studies Program at NYU. He introduces the basic framework
for understanding and responding to trauma from a broad-multi-systemic
and international perspective, drawn from his experiences across
cultures and in different conflict/post conflict situations in Chile
(1989-93), as the World Health Organization Coordinator for Mental
Health during the war in former Yugoslavia (1994-96), in Rwanda
(1997), and in East Africa Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi and Somalia
(2000-present). The presentations engage participants in practicing
the requisite skills in dealing with traumatic experiences. Special
focus is placed on how to stimulate protective factors and resiliency,
how to mobilize family and community, and how to work with trauma
in a human rights context. Attention is paid to vicarious traumatization
and self care strategies for care providers.
Salon 1: Mapping Trauma: A Multi-systemic Approach
Module 2: Approaches to Trauma Treatment within a
Public Health Framework
Presenter: Claude Chemtob, Ph.D.
Visiting Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Mount
Sinai School of Medicine, NY
Director, Stress Disorders Laboratory, National Center for Posttraumatic
Pacific Islands Division, Department of Veterans Affairs, Honolulu,
This module explores the nature of trauma and its bio-psychosocial
impact. Dr. Chemtob presents an evolutionary perspective, survival
mode theory, as well as explores the impact of trauma at different
stages of psychosocial development. He presents an overview of clinical
interventions with individuals, and present a public health approach
to working with trauma populations.
Salon 2: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Trauma Treatment
Presenter: Steven Reisner, Ph.D,
Senior Advisor: International Trauma Studies Program, NYU
Adjunct Professor, Clinical Psychology, Teachers College,
Adjunct Professor, Psychoanalytic Institute of NYU School of Medicine
Module 3: Trauma and Loss in the Family
Presenter: Pauline Boss, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Family and Social Science, University of
This module examines the impact of loss and traumatic experience
on family systems and subsystems parental, marital, and siblings.
Author of Ambiguous Loss (Harvard, 1999), Dr. Boss presents a framework
for working with families that have suffered traumatic and ambiguous
loss. The module explores interventions with individuals, families,
and multi-family groups.
Salon 3: Vicarious Traumatization: Care for Individuals and Organizations
Module 4: Enhancing Resilience in Families and Communities
Following Massive Trauma
Presenter: Judith Landau, M.D.
President of Linking Human Systems, LLC
Senior Advisor: International Trauma Studies Program, NYU
Visiting Professor, Division of Adult Psychosocial Medicine, National
Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, Colorado
Dr. Landau focuses on how to mobilize family and community resources
towards resilience rather than vulnerability, including techniques
for eliciting and understanding family themes, scripts, strengths
and resources, and techniques for intervening in families. She presents
a framework for understanding the cultural contexts and dimensions
of trauma and its impact on communities and society at large. Her
model for promoting community resilience includes assessment of
available resources and vulnerabilities, enhancing collaboration
between natural and auxiliary support systems, and methods for building
long-term recovery and sustainability in communities that have been
impacted by disaster and massive trauma.
Salon 4: Trauma, Resilience, and Group Process
Module 1: Stress, Community, and Culture
Presenter: Stevan Hobfoll, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Director, Applied Psychology Center,
Kent State University
and Kent State University Center for the Treatment and Study of
This workshop covers Conservation of Resource (COR) Theory and its
application to the contexts of trauma, personal relationship factors,
and interface with workplace. Particular emphasis will be placed
on researching resources.
Salon 1: Researching Resources
Module 2: International Psychosocial Interventions
Presenter: Nancy Baron, Ed.D.
Co-Director: Global Psychiatric and Psycho-Social Initiatives (GPSI)
This workshop provides a theoretical framework for community-based
work with conflict-affected populations focusing on culture, assessment
and community. The class develops a format for a basic needs assessment
and works with a group of refugee community leaders on developing
a survey of their community.
Salon 2: Refugee Mental Health
Presenter: Renos Papadopoulos, Ph.D.
The Tavistock Clinic and Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies
University of Essex - United Kingdom
Module 3: From Individual to Societal Trauma
Presenter: Vamik D. Volkan, M.D., DLFAPA, FACPsa
Founder of the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia School
of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia
This workshop introduces participants to Dr. Volkans work
on societal trauma. The workshop covers the resistance to change
in individual and societal trauma, trans-generational transmission,,
the concept of chosen trauma, large group regression,
and methods of dealing with traumatized societies dealing with ethnic
Salon 3: Justice and Reconciliation
Salon 4: Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Trauma in Children
Presenter: Laura Murray, Ph.D.
Center for the Advancement of Children, Columbia University, New
York State Psychiatric Institute
Module 4: The Use of Expressive Therapies in Working
With Traumatized Children and Their Families
Presenter: Eliana Gil, Ph.D.
Director of the Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family
Coordinator of the Abused Childrens Treatment Services of
Inova Kellar Center
This workshop teaches skills in the assessment and treatment of
abused and traumatized children and their families through play,
sand, and art therapy.
Salon 5: Revitalization of Culture Through the Arts
Invited Speaker: Arn Chorn-Pond
Director of the Cambodian Master Musicians Project, Phnom Phen,
Film: The Flute Player by Jocelyn Glatzer
Module 5: Narrative Approaches to Trauma
Presenter: Jack Saul, Ph.D.
Director, International Trauma Studies Program, NYU
This workshop offers a theoretical framework and methodology for
employing narrative approaches to working with survivors of political
violence. Strategies of testimony and witnessing in a variety of
contexts will be examined including psychotherapy, oral history,
media, and the arts.
Project Presentations: Thursday and Friday evening with end of
year graduation dinner