COMPREHENSIVE COURSE IN INTERNATIONAL TRAUMA STUDIES: 2004-2005

FALL 2004:

 Course Orientation– Introduction and Course Overview
Jack Saul, Ph.D., Esther Perel, M.A., Susanna Kearney, M.A

  SYMPOSIUM 1 -
Trauma: Understanding, Healing, and Prevention Nancy Baron, Ed.D.
Dr. Baron will introduce a basic framework for understanding and responding to trauma from a multi-systemic and international perspective. Drawn from her global experiences, she will discuss the relationship between traumatic experiences, protective factors, resilience and traumatic reactions in a cross-cultural and human rights context.   The presentation will engage participants in the practice of skills for preventing and intervening with traumatic experiences with special focus on how to stimulate protective factors and resilience and mobilize families and communities.

Students will participate in experiential work to initiate the formation of a student-working group that will enhance the student's experiences within this year long course

Case examples will exemplify the critical therapist/helper issues of vicarious traumatization, burnout and work induced stress. Self-care strategies as essential interventions will be shared.

SALON 1: Mapping Trauma: Multi-systemic Perspectives
Jack Saul, Ph.D.

SYMPOSIUM 2: Individual Interventions in a Public Health Context
Claude Chemtob, Ph.D.
This symposium will explore the nature of trauma and its bio-psychosocial impact. Dr. Chemtob will present an evolutionary perspective, survival mode theory, as well as explore the impact of trauma at different stages of psychosocial development.   He will present an overview of clinical interventions with individuals, and present a public health approach to working with trauma populations.

SALON 2:
Psychodynamic Approaches
Steven Reisner, Ph.D.

SYMPOSIUM 3: Treatment of Child and Adolescent Trauma
William Friedrich, Ph.D.

In this symposium, Dr. Friedrich will provide an understanding of child and adolescent trauma and abuse in the context of previous generations, attachment theory, and the impact of caretakers. The sequelae of physical and sexual abuse in children's lives will be

examined as well such responses to victimization as self injury. We will explore treatment approaches with parents and children which

establish safety and facilitate better attachment, as well as individual approaches such as play and other expressive therapies, hypnosis, and imagery techniques.

SALON 3: Study of Trauma - Historical and Cultural Perspectives

SYMPOSIUM 4: Trauma, Loss, and the Family
Pauline Boss, Ph.D.
This symposium will examine the impact of loss and traumatic experience on family systems and subsystems - parental, marital, and siblings. Author of Ambiguous Loss (Harvard, 1999), Dr. Boss will present a framework for working with families that have suffered traumatic and ambiguous loss. The symposium will explore interventions with individual families and multi-family groups.

SALON 4: Health and Welfare for Organizations: Peer Support Programs in International Context
Carol Prendergast, J.D.

Project Proposals Due - written proposals will be collected at salon

SPRING 2005:

SALON 5: Trauma and Cultural Amnesia: An Anthropological Perspective
Allen Feldman, Ph.D.

SYMPOSIUM 5: Enhancing Resilience in Families and Communities
Judith Landau, M.D.
Dr. Landau will focus 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 will present 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 and 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. 

SYMPOSIUM 6:
International Psychosocial Work with Children
Nancy Baron, Ed.D.
In this class, Dr. Baron will introduce the psychosocial issues affecting children during and after war and the impact of intervention models.
Included will be:
•  A review of the international principles of children's rights.
•  Assessment of findings about the psychosocial impact of war on children.
•  Historical perspectives on intervention models.
•  Cultural and contextual variations in consequences of war and intervention models.
•  Family focused and community based models of intervention
specifically targeting children's issues.

SALON 6: Treating Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma
Jack Saul, Ph.D.

SYMPOSIUM 7: Collective Trauma, Resilience, and Coexistence
C. Sluzki, M.D. & S. Cobb, Ph.D.
From conflict to coexistence; an examination of coexistence as an evolving process. 

SALON 7:
Key Issues in Mental Health and Human Rights: Transitional Justice  
Ruti Teitel, J.D.

SYMPOSIUM 8: Trauma, Memory, and Cognition
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

SALON 8: Working with trauma in special populations: Trauma and the Aging
Tazuko Shibusawa, Ph.D. and Jack Saul, Ph.D.

SYMPOSIUM 9: Testimony and Witnessing: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Stevan Weine, M.D. and Jack Saul, Ph.D.
This workshop will offer 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.

SALON 9: Representation of Trauma in the Arts and Media Project Presentations and Graduation Dinner


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