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 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
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
SYMPOSIUM 3: Treatment
of Child and Adolescent Trauma
William Friedrich, Ph.D.
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
examined as well such responses to victimization as self injury.
We will explore treatment approaches with parents and children
safety and facilitate better attachment, as well as individual
approaches such as play and other expressive therapies, hypnosis,
and imagery techniques.
3: Study of Trauma - Historical and Cultural Perspectives
SYMPOSIUM 4: Trauma,
Loss, and the Family
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.
4: Health and Welfare for Organizations: Peer Support
Programs in International Context
Carol Prendergast, J.D.
Proposals Due - written proposals
will be collected at salon
5: Trauma and Cultural Amnesia: An Anthropological
Allen Feldman, Ph.D.
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
SYMPOSIUM 6: International
Psychosocial Work with Children
In this class, Dr. Baron will introduce the psychosocial issues
affecting children during and after war and the impact of intervention
Included will be:
A review of the international principles of children's
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
targeting children's issues.
Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma
Trauma, Resilience, and Coexistence
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
Memory, and Cognition
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
with trauma in special populations: Trauma
and the Aging
Tazuko Shibusawa, Ph.D. and Jack Saul, Ph.D.
Testimony and Witnessing: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Stevan Weine, M.D. and Jack Saul,
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.
9: Representation of Trauma in the Arts and Media
Presentations and Graduation Dinner