Akin to our last conferences “Perpetrator Introjects” (2011) and “Slander and Betrayal” (2013) our upcoming conference again tackles a special issue in the field of posttraumatic disorders after relational trauma:
Group Therapy, Perpetrator Attachment and Social Neurobiology
We encounter perpetrator attachment in our every day clinical practice in a subtle way: Clients feel obliged to be obedient and loyal to people who humiliated them by physically, emotionally and sexually abusing them. Other clients feel sorry for their parents, even if their parents demand submission and slander them behind their backs. Many clients are scared to end their intimate relationships even though their partners constantly cheat on them and neglect them. Then there are children who want to go back to their alcoholic or drug dependent parents even though all they’ll find is unheated apartments, dirt and hunger.
Why is this?
What are the relevant psychodynamic and brain physiological laws that rule these vicious circles of dysfunctional dependency? And how can we break them? Is it helpful to develop new treatment models that focus on group therapeutic work in order to facilitate a kind of long term, committed substitute family? In case it is possible to build alternative attachment systems, what are the characteristics they have to adhere to so clients are neither hindered by fearful perpetrator transferences resulting in avoidance nor by perpetrator introjects resulting in the destruction of the relationships offered?
Scientists and clinicians from various fields will come together at this conference to discuss these questions and share their ideas, experiences, and approaches. While preparing this event we realized there is a lot more to this topic then even we assumed beforehand. It is a deeply complex issue that we need to further research and broaden our minds about, to fully comprehend its many implications. Latest neurobiological theories will be introduced to help further our understanding of introjected traumatic experiences and social healing and will surely proffer interesting starting points for trauma and group therapists. Neuroscientific experts, of whom two of the most important representatives will be present, have confirmed the importance of social relationships for physiological regulation and stress coping and how early trauma can only be healed by social attachment. Which begs the question: How dynamic and how well structured can or should a course of psychotherapy be? Is it feasible, maybe even necessary to acknowledge combined individual and group therapy as a new standard for psychodynamic therapy?
Renowned speakers from the US, Denmark, Great Britain, Austria and Germany will present the latest research and practical case evaluations to address this cutting edge topic at the 2015 conference of the Trauma-Institute-Leipzig!
We are looking forward to an exciting conference of outstanding professional competency and productive discussions!
Main conference including all speakers Thursday, June 11 til Saturday June 13:
Prof. Dr. Stephen W. Porges (USA)
Social Connectedness as a Biological Imperative: A Polyvagal Perspective
Dr Porges is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
Prof. Dr. med. Luise Reddemann (D)
Resource Oriented Group Psychotherapy with Complex Trauma Patients
Prof. Reddemann is honorary Prof. for psychotraumatology and medical psychology at the University of Klagenfurt, she is MD for psychotherapeutic medicine and psychoanalyst.
Prof. Dr. Andrew Moskowitz (DK)
Whose voices are we hearing? Are there continuities between normal self-states, the voices of schizophrenia and personality parts in DID?
Prof. Moskowitz is Professor for clinical psychology at Aarhus University in Danmark and director of the research group ADiTS (Attachment, Dissociation and Traumatic Stress). He is Board member of the ESTD and member of ISSTD’s research committee.
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Strauß (D)
Trauma and the Social Microcosm of the Group
Prof. Strauß is psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, and director of the institute für psychosocial medicine and psychotherapy at the university clinic in Jena. He is an expert for psychotherapy and attachment research.
Prof. Dr. DP Michael Hayne (D)
Regaining Trust in Group Psychotherapy
Prof. Hayne is psychotherapist, psychoanalyst in Bonn. He was trained at the Group-Analytic Society in London and is founder of a training institute for group analysis and group therapy in Austria
Dr. Sue Carter (US)
The healing power of love: The Oxytocin-Hypotheses
Dr. Carter is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. She co-directed the Brain-Body Center and is a former president of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society.
Prim. Prof. Dr. Dr. DP Andreas Remmel (D, A)
Perpetrator Introjects and Perpetrator Attachment in Severe Posttraumatic Disorders and Emotionally Instable Personality Disorders
Prof. Remmel is medical director of the psychosomatic centre at the Waldviertel-Clinic in Eggenburg near Vienna. He is psychodynamic and behavioral psychotherapist and member of the research group clinical psychology and psychotherapy research at the university of Munich.
Dr. Ruth Blizard (US)
Attachment to the Perpetrator in Families and Oppressive Social Groups
Dr. Blizard is clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in Binghampton, New York. Her research focuses on perpetrator attachment, the transgenerational passing on of trauma and attachment trauma in Borderline Personality Disorders.
Adah Sachs (GB)
Looking at two kinds of DID: Stable and Active
Dr. Sachs is an attachment oriented psychoanalytical psychotherapist and member of the Bowlby Center. She works at the Clinic for Dissociative Studies in London and is forensic expert.
DP Claudia Maria Fliß (D)
Group Therapy with Personality Parts in Dissociative Disorders
Claudia Fliß is psychotherapist and behavioral therapist in Bremen. She is specialized in body oriented work with dissociative patients.
MSc Psych Winja Lutz (D)
The Influence of Group Therapy on Attachment Behavior
Winja Lutz is certified care worker, holds a diploma in fine art, is a psychologist, psychotherapist and trauma therapist in-training. She works as a research assistant, translator, interpreter and lecturer in the field of trauma and dissociation.
The organizers, DP Irina Vogt and Dr. Ralf Vogt, received the Fellowship Award of the ISSTD for outstanding theoretical and practical contributions (SPIM-20 model) in 2011.
Irina Vogt (D)
Preparing Dissociative Patients for Group Therapy
Irina Vogt is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and trauma therapist for adults, children and adolescents. She is the director of the Trauma-Institute-Leipzig.
Dr. rer. nat. DP Ralf Vogt (D)
Framework and Issues of a Combined Individual and Group Therapy with Dissociative Trauma Patients
Dr. Vogt is psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, trauma therapist, family and group therapist. Together with his wife he developed the SPIM 30 treatment model for dissociative trauma disorders and founded the Trauma-Institute-Leipzig. He is a former board member of the ISSTD.