Changes in traumatic memory are a hot topic within psychotherapeutic long-term treatment of dissociative posttraumatic disorders. In cases of exposure to violence from major attachment figures or of severely shocking experiences for infants at preverbal and preschool age, the traumatic incidents will often be stored as very fragmentary-distorted, mixed emotional-magical memories, arranged in the mind in a structurally illogical way. Traumatically harmed clients will often be confronted, in the courtroom e.g., with unscientific and sometimes cynical misrepresentations of their traumatogenic memory problems as “evidence of their non-credibility". We have put this important issue on the agenda of our next ‒ shorter ‒ conference so as to not leave the field of a much-needed scientific analysis of changes in traumatic memory to the False Memory movement.
By presenting a number of case studies and different practitioners’ perspectives, we would like to illuminate the ways in which trauma memory changes in an intricate interaction process between individual and group therapy treatment, from the first session to the successful completion of psychotherapy. That is, what kind of atmospheric, symbolic or factual content information initially holds and how these data can be set in motion over the course of the clients’ recovery, or how they can be brought to the surface and be organized through different therapy methods.
List of confirmed Speakers
PD Dr. phil. Rosemarie Barwinski (Switzerland) is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in her own private practice in Winterthur (Switzerland) and a lecturer at the University of Cologne. Since her habilitation dissertation in 2005, she has been researching the topic of trauma processing in analytical long-term treatment; director of the Swiss Institute for Psychotraumatology (SIPT), Winterthur; numerous publications in the field of psycho-traumatology, psychotherapy and trauma memory research.
Topic: “The integration of traumatic experiences”
PhD Renée P. Marks (United Kingdom) is the senior psychotherapist at the Integrate Families Institute in Manchester (Northern England). The institute is a national center for children and youth suffering from complex trauma and dissociation. Mrs. Marks is a national and international coach for attachment disorders, affect regulation disorders and other forms of complex traumatization in children and adults. She is also chairwoman of the ESTD committee on children and adolescents, as a specialist for severe complex traumatization in children and adolescents. Other field Dr. Marks works in are supervision and forensic psychiatric reports.
Topic: “Therapeutic changes in the memory of children and adolescents with dissociative trauma disorders”
PhD Valerie Sinason (United Kingdom) is a poet, writer, psychotherapist for children and adults, and a psychoanalyst. She has worked in the Tavistock and Portman clinics and at the department of psychiatric disabilities at the St George Hospital Medical School (University of London). She is a founding member and director of the Clinic for Dissociative Research, an independent tertiary provider of the NHS (UK National British Health Service). She is the author of numerous articles, books (including, as the editor: "Trauma, Dissociation and Multiplicity: Working on Identity and Selves”), and various other monographs on working with highly dissociative disorders.
Topic: “Therapeutic problems with and access to the memory of highly dissociative patients”
DP Irina Vogt (Leipzig) is a psychotraumatologist and depth psychologist (psychodynamic therapist) working in private practice. She is also a body psychotherapist and creative arts and play therapist. She has been working with complexly traumatized / dissociative patients for over 20 years. Together with her husband, she has been working on the SPIM-30 treatment program for dissociative disorders since about the year 2000. In 2002, they founded the Trauma Institute Leipzig as a training and research center. Irina Vogt has also worked as a trauma specialist lecturer for other national and international institutions. 2011 Fellow Award of ISSTD for outstanding achievements in the field of traumatherapy.
Topic: “Case studies of memory confusion in dissociative disorders”
Dr. rer. nat., DP Ralf Vogt (Leipzig) is a psychotraumatologist and psychoanalyst working in private practice. He is also an analytical body psychotherapist, family therapist and clinician for imaginative psychotherapy (guided imagery). He has been working with complexly traumatized clients for about 20 years. Since 2000, he and his wife have been working together on the development of their own treatment program for dissociative disorders, SPIM 30. Together, they founded the Trauma Institute Leipzig as a training and research center in 2002. Dr. Vogt is a Past Board Member of the International Board of the ISSTD. In 2011, he received the Fellow Award for outstanding achievements in the field. He is the author of numerous books on the subject.
Topic: “Research concept for memory level changes in trauma patients”
MSc Psych Winja Lutz (Leipzig) is a qualified, state-approved educator and a psychologist and specialized trauma consultant, also holding a diploma in fine arts. She has worked as an educator for inpatient youth services for many years, as a researcher at the Trauma Institute Leipzig, and as an interpreter in the field of trauma therapy. Since 2015, she has been working as an inpatient psychologist at the Wicker Clinic, Bad Wildungen. She has translated several textbooks on trauma therapy into German, and in 2013, received the ISSTD Student Award for her outstanding achievements in the field. She is on the editorial board of the ESTD, and a university lecturer for trauma pedagogics.
Topic: “Getting lost in the mall is not child abuse – Loftus and the methodological errors of memory researchers”
Dipl.-Psych. Thomas Haudel (Berlin) is Psychological psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, psychodynamic and biodynamic therapist, trauma psychotherapist, psychotherapist in private practice in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg and staff psychologist at the counselling and family centre in Berlin Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg
Topic: “Trauma memory settings with body-therapeutic interventions”
Dipl. Geogr. Salina Centgraf (Leipzig) is a geographer, mediator, trainee trauma counsellor, and chair of the Psychotraumazentrum e.V. Leipzig since 2015. She is also a professional yoga instructor and runs trauma-sensitive yoga courses for those affected.
Topic: “Prenatal brain development – birth trauma and pregnancy”
Dipl. Kunsttherapeutin Sabine Hampf (Leipzig) is a professional art therapist currently specialising to become a child and adolescent psychotherapist and a trauma therapist. Since 2014 she is a staff member of the Psychotraumazentrum Leipzig e.V., where she provides trauma counselling to adults and one-to-one and group supervision to refugee helpers.
Topic: “Retrieving the missing pieces: elements of art therapy in trauma therapy”
Now also in english language!
SPIM 30. Treatment Model for Dissociative Trauma Disorders
Selected Essays, Concepts and Case Examples
2015, 200 pages
"Täterbindung – Gruppentherapie und Soziale Neurobiologie"
has been published at Asanger Verlag.
Asanger Verlag, Kröning
Hardcover, 272 pages (german)