Täterintrojekte - Diagnostik und Behandlung eines bislang unterschätzten wichtigen Themas in der Psychotherapie
Symposium für trauma- und körperorientierte Psychotherapie
16. – 18. Juni 2011 in Leipzig
Psychotraumatologie, Psychoanalyse, Körperpsychotherapie, Hirnforschung, Affektforschung, Bindungsforschung, moderne systemische Psychotherapie für Erwachsene sowie für Kinder und Jugendliche
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Trauma-Institut-Leipzig
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Advanced training curricular for Trauma Counselor and Traumatherapist

Akademie für Ganzheitliche Psychotherapie
Academy for Integrative Psychotherapy
(non-profit organization) Training in trauma and body oriented integrative psychotherapy

Psychotraumazentrum Leipzig, e. V
Psychotrauma Center
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Program

Main Symposium, Thursday, June 13, 2013 – Saturday, June 15, 2013
Post Symposium, Sunday, June 16, 2013

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Thursday, June 13 – Saturday, June 15, 2013

Main Symposium

On the days of the main symposium speakers will present lectures on the core issue of slander and betrayal in regard to all fields. Friday will emphasize the research from clinics, practices and academia while Saturday the focus will be a little more on treatment concepts and case examples. We, as organizers, hope to offer a seminal environment for learning and discussion by gathering professionals from a wide range of expertise. We hope this variety will pique your curiosity as a participant as well as your interest to integrate new approaches into your practice as a colleague.

Time

Thursday, June 13, 2013 – 1. Day

12:00 am

Opening of the conference office

1:00 pm

TwomblyJennifer J. Freyd, Ph.D (US)

 

Betrayal Trauma Theory

 
In this opening lecture Professor Jennifer Freyd will explain her Betrayal Trauma Theory.  Betrayal traumas (such as emotional or sexual abuse by a parent, marital rape, or government mistreatment of citizens) are events and patterns of events that involve profound social betrayal. Betrayal trauma theory is an approach to conceptualizing trauma that points to the importance of social relationships in understanding post traumatic outcomes, including reduced recall. Betrayal trauma theory emphasizes the importance of human relationships in both the harm of trauma and the potential for healing.  Although historically the diagnosis and treatment of trauma has emphasized psychological responses to the fear-inducing aspects of traumas, new research suggests that betrayal is just as important – maybe even more important -- in predicting response to interpersonal atrocities and severe relational violations.  Freyd will discuss research on betrayal trauma, including findings regarding the impact of victim-perpetrator relationship on memory, dissociation, and physical and mental health.

 

CV: Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D in Psychology from Stanford University. Professor Freyd is an expert on the psychology of trauma and she directs a large laboratory investigating the causes and impact of trauma, particularly child abuse, on physical health, mental health, behavior, and society. Freyd is the author of the award-winning book Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse.  She currently serves as the Editor of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. Her research has contributed significantly to us highlighting the conference topic.

1:40 pm

MoserJulia Schellong, Dr. med. univ. (Dresden, DE)

 

Who betrays whom? How to Deal with Loyalties in Traumatherapy

 

Complex posttraumatic disorders are complex not just because of the multiple or sequel trauma at their origin but also because of the challenge they pose for diagnostics and treatment.

Transgenerational dynamics are important, victim-perpetrator constellations cannot always be differentiated easily. Relational dynamics and comorbidity complicate the process of treatment. Sometimes, change will only become possible if internal loyalties or demands for silence are addressed.
Facing social exclusion, slander or betrayal is unsettling. Patients often feel as if they’re traitors themselves. Or sometimes, they try to protect their therapists from these difficult issues. A study regarding the changes measured by the CTQ during the course of a hospital stay shows how traumatherapy changes the internal evaluation of what happened.
In addition to this study, the presentation will demonstrate how to deal with this issue in specific case examples from a clinical setting

 

CV: Senior physician at the clinic and polyclinic for psychotherapy and psychosomatics of the University hospital Carl-Gustav-Carus Dresden. She works with traumatized patients at the outpatient department and offers an integrative traumatherapeutic treatment approach for in-patients. Research focus are resource oriented techniques and psychophysical modifications over the course of therapy. Chair of DeGPT.

2:20 pm

MarksEli Somer, Ph.D. (IL)

 

Psychotherapy on Trial: Coping with Legal Issues in the Field of Complex Psychotrauma and Dissociative Disorders

 

The field of trauma and dissociation often focuses on the outcome of severe child abuse and neglect, traumata considered severe offenses in most legal systems. The consequences of these crimes can be brought to court, years after they were committed, particularly in countries where the statue limitations on child abuse crimes had been extended. Professional care for victims of childhood abuse represents an inherent threat to the suspected perpetrators and their sympathizers and can foster a motivation to discredit the field, its methods and the psychotherapists involved. Service providers in the field of trauma and dissociation could be summoned to court, either as regular witnesses invited to report about their treatment of a plaintiff, as expert witnesses or, as defendants. This presentation will identify some key legal issues professionals in this field must be aware of.

 

CV: Eli Somer, Ph.D. is the Past President of both the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). He is a clinical psychologist, author of over 100 scientific publications and book chapters and of two books in the field. Somer, a professor at the University of Haifa, Israel, has been involved in consulting with the Judiciary Committee of Knesset (Israel’s parliament), Israel’s Legal Advisor to the Government and appeared as expert witness in trials associated with sexual crimes.

3:00 pm

Coffee Break - Book and CD sale and information

3:30 pm

BrunsGeorge F. Rhoades, Jr., Ph.D. (Hawaii, US)

 

Cultural Differences Regarding Slander and Betrayal in the International Field of Trauma and Dissociation – An Introduction

 

This presentation will address the ethnical and cultural differences regarding slander and betrayal. Are terms like “slander” and “betrayal” seen differently in different cultures – and how? How do different cultures deal with slander and betrayal in conflict? Are there cultures who deal with it more open and/or violently? What does literature and research has to say on this?
To exemplify, the author will address the differences between Hawaii and the rest of Northern America and its impact on the treatment of dissociative disorders in this introductory presentation.

 

CV: Holds a PhD in clinical psychology and counselling. He has been on the board of the ISSTD since 2003 and is the director of the Ola Hou clinic in Hawaii. He is a specialist for the organization of psychological first aid for traumatized victims from war and disaster regions (e.g. Sudan).

4:10 pm

BrunsManfred Thielen, Dr. (Berlin, DE)

 

The Specifics of Slander and Betrayal in Body Psychotherapy

Body Psychotherapy includes setting, which lead to great interpersonal proximity. Psychodynamic regressions or later psychodynamic conflicts can provoke subsequent discussions and dispute around slander and betrayal even with very experienced body psychotherapists. Any psychotherapist should be prepared for this.
This presentation will outline this relationship with case examples and address options how to alleviate the potential for these kind of conflicts methodically. Transference and counter transference play an especially important role in a humanistic form of body psychotherapy that focuses on the interpersonal relationship.

 

CV: behavioral and psychodynamic psychotherapist, bodytherapist and indicudual and group therapist, supervisor and training therapist. He is the director of the Institute for Body Psychotherapy Berlin. Since 2005, he is the delegate of the Psychotherapists Chambers. Since 2003, he is on the board of the German Society for Body Psychotherapy (DGK).

4:50 pm

Winja Marie LutzFrances S. Waters, MSW, DCSW, LMFT (USA)

 

Traumatized Child’s Conundrum – Love & Betrayal = Dissociation

 

Traumatized children are innately vulnerable and dependent on their abusive parents to provide for their physical needs and whatever nurturing they can receive. They have inherent loyalty to their parents while at the same time feeling betrayed. This presentation will examine what children experience and the development of dissociation as a way to escape the inescapable. Implications for treatment will be described.

 

CV: Clinical social worker and licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. She is an internationally recognized educator, trainer, consultant and clinician in the area of childhood trauma, abuse and dissociation and has presented extensively, including training programs in Europe, Africa, South American and North America. She was the Past President of The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD).

5:30 pm

End of session

 

Time

Friday, June 14, 2013 – 2. Day

8:00 am

Opening of the conference office

9:00 am

TwomblyJennifer J. Freyd, Ph.D (US)

 

Betrayal Blindness, Institutional Betrayal, and Telling about Betrayal.
 
In her second lecture Professor Freyd will focus on new research on betrayal trauma, including research on betrayal blindness, institutional betrayal, and the disclosure of betrayal. Betrayal blindness is the unawareness, not-knowing, and forgetting exhibited by people towards betrayal. This blindness may extend to betrayals that are not traditionally considered "traumas," such as adultery, slander, and inequities in the workplace and society. Victims, perpetrators, and witnesses may display betrayal blindness in order to preserve relationships, institutions, and social systems upon which they depend. The term "Institutional Betrayal" refers to wrongdoings perpetrated by an institution upon individuals dependent on that institution, including failure to prevent or respond supportively to wrongdoings by individuals (e.g. sexual assault) committed within the context of the institution.  New research suggests that institutional betrayal can exacerbate the impact of interpersonal traumas.  Freyd will also discuss research she has conducted with her colleagues investigating aspects of the disclosure of trauma.  She will discuss some of the ways that telling about betrayal trauma can be risky and some of the ways it can be healing.

 

CV: Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D in Psychology from Stanford University. Professor Freyd is an expert on the psychology of trauma and she directs a large laboratory investigating the causes and impact of trauma, particularly child abuse, on physical health, mental health, behavior, and society. Freyd is the author of the award-winning book Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse.  She currently serves as the Editor of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. Her research has contributed significantly to us highlighting the conference topic.

10:00 am

TwomblyRalf Vogt, Dr. (Leipzig, DE)

 

Ralf Vogt will introduce basic theoretical and empirical ideas and experiences from his longstanding practical work with traumatized/dissociative patients regarding the conference issue. He will demonstrate how slander and betrayal are important and necessary issues of all severely traumatized patients in a therapy, which aims to reveal the original causes by trauma processing work. They might be the dramatic peak of an internal and external power struggle between the dissociated parts and perpetrator groups or perpetrator loyal forces in the patient’s social environment. Case examples will demonstrate interesting connections.
They also illustrate slander and betrayal to be a basic dynamic in society and therefore also in professional associations. The new and different is maliciously attacked in order to avoid facing personal destabilization, insights and consequently, demands for change. Tackling this repressed issue is of great importance not least to foster progress in psychotherapy and also for the development of our joint living environment.

 

CV: psychotherapist, psychotraumatherapist, family therapist, body therapist, EMDR therapist and SPIM-20 therapist. He is the author of the SPIM-20/30 model for individual and group therapy.

11:00 am

Coffee Break – Book and CD sale and Information

11:30 am

MarksEli Somer, Ph.D. (IL)

 

How to interpret dissociative disorders to the court and survive the cross-examination?

 

Dissociative disorders (DDs) have been informally accepted by mental health professionals for more than 100 years. However DDs and their treatment have come under attack in courtrooms in various countries, leaving judges confused and conflicted about the legitimacy of diagnosing a patient with a DD, and about the impact of DDs on legal issues (e.g. memory). This presentation will advise experts on how the law in their countries might perceive dissociation. Important questions will be asked and answered about the interface between dissociation and the law. Among them: Do courts recognize dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) as a real psychiatric disorder? What is the relationship between DID and the law’s treatment of amnesia? Can DID be used as in defense of a crime? May expert testimony be admitted to establish that a defendant has DID? What is the relationship between DID and the law’s treatment of hypnotically refreshed recollection? What is the standard of care for treatment of DID? This presentation will also focus on key principles for quality expert testimony and coping with cross-examination.
Based in part on Somer & Scheflin (April, 2010) Advocacy On The Defense: Coping With Attacks On The Field Of Trauma And Dissociation: Ten Questions An Expert Must Answer About DID In Court. Paper presented at the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation 2nd International Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

 

CV: Eli Somer, Ph.D. is the Past President of both the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). He is a clinical psychologist, author of over 100 scientific publications and book chapters and of two books in the field. Somer, a professor at the University of Haifa, Israel, has been involved in consulting with the Judiciary Committee of Knesset (Israel’s parliament), Israel’s Legal Advisor to the Government and appeared as expert witness in trials associated with sexual crimes.

12:30 am

Lunchtime-snacks on-site - Book and CD sale and information

1:30 pm

HuberHarald Requardt, Dipl.Soz.-Päd. (Stuttgart, DE)

 

Unbelievable, but true
– about the difficulties to realize betrayal

 

Betrayal happens on all levels, not just within relationships but also internally and in society. In couple or family therapy we encounter betrayal in the form of many secrets and lies. Pretending and disguising the true motifs and goals has been associated with psychotic symptoms for a long time.
In violent relationships or perverted structures betrayal is applied deliberately and experienced with malicious glee. Patients as well as therapists find it difficult to realize the extent. In the work with DDNOS and DID patients we encounter betrayal on all levels to an extent that is so vast, it is easier to interpret it as delusional than accept it as truthful. When it comes to organized crime and deliberate betrayal these patients have experienced, therapists need to be prepared to recognize their own illusions and be willing to give them up. Complexly traumatized patients often report events which seem „unbelievable“. Therefore, these accounts and behavior of the patients will be assessed as psychotic or manic. Therapists will only be prepared for a reality check of a reality they assume to be at all possible. We have to be knowledgeable about societal realities. The focus of this talk is on the realization of these external realities in order to do justice to the internal realities of our patients.

 

CV: Psychotherapist for children and adolescents, EMDR and PITT therapist, supervisor, training therapist for systemic therapy. Together with Gaby Breitenbach, he is the director of the Institute for Traumatherapy Villa Lindenfels in Stuttgart.

2:30 pm

Winja Marie LutzFrances S. Waters, MSW, DCSW, LMFT (US)

 

Traumatized Child’s Conundrum – Love & Betrayal = Dissociation

 

Helping dissociative children to begin to uncover their defenses and reveal their unearned but understandable feelings of shame and betrayal require a trusting atmosphere. This presentation will present clinical strategies and case examples of how to help children erode their amnestic barriers rotted in shame, betrayal, and fear of retribution, and reconnect with hidden parts of themselves.

 

CV: Clinical social worker and licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. She is an internationally recognized educator, trainer, consultant and clinician in the area of childhood trauma, abuse and dissociation and has presented extensively, including training programs in Europe, Africa, South American and North America. She was the Past President of The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD).

3:30 pm

Coffee break – Book and CD sale and information

4:00 pm

BrunsWinja Lutz (Leipzig, DE)

 

Parental Death Wish – A Core Betrayal

 

This lecture will introduce the concept of the infanticidal attachment, a concept defined by Brett Kahr and refined by Adah Sachs. Ms Lutz has conducted a study on the interactions between dissociation, betrayal trauma, especially in the form of childhood sexual abuse, and infanticidal attachment. The German versions of the Dissociative Experience Scale (DES), the Brief Betrayal Trauma Survey (BBTS), and the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) were employed. Childhoof sexual abuse by caretakers implies a double bind as the child is deliberately and severely damaged while the perpetrator demands something from the child. The child thus, receives the message: Die but be available! The CTQ proffers the statement „When I grew up, I believed my parents wished I was never born“. This item describes the immanent message of an infanticidal attachment. Bringing a child into the world and then telling her „I don't want you to live“ constitutes the greatest betrayal and the strongest double bind.

 

CV: State approved care worker, holds a diploma of fine arts and a BA in psychology and is a candidate for trauma counselor. She has worked as care worker with traumatized adolescents in state care, as research assistant in a psychotherapeutic practice and as translator and interpreter in the field of trauma and dissociation.

4:30 pm

PfäfflinAxel Petermann (Bremen, DE)

 

Tracing Evil

 

Research argues on different levels about the essence of Evil when it comes to the criminal coping with interpersonal relationships. Is it nature or the genetic predisposition of an individual, is it the society in which he grew up, his upbringing and his acquired system of values or is it the lack of ability to put himself into someone else’s shoes and develop empathy?
In most cases, the power of the situation will decide whether someone will be killed or not. Criminological routine shows, however, that perpetrators will use slander and betrayal against themselves and against others to gain the trust of the victim or co-perpetrators in order to accomplish a crime.
Axel Petermann will illustrate the abysmal depths of human behavior by two case examples of homicide from his practice.

 

CV: he has been working with the Criminal Investigation Department for almost 40 years, 35 of those he’s been a homicide investigator, head of the homicide division and vice director of the division for violent offences. He is a profiler and has investigated over 1000 cases: homicide, accidents, suicides. He teaches criminology, advises the editorial department of a famous German TV crime series. He will talk about the internal dynamics of perpetrators, who have committed crimes, which included slander and betrayal.

5:30 pm

Break – no sale tables

8:00 pm

Conference party with Barbecue, Meigl Hoffmann (comedian), dancing with DJ Andy and Clowning by the Leipziger Nasen

(Attention: you have to purchase separate tickets)

BBQMeigl HoffmannDJ AndyLeipziger NasenClown

 

Time

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 3. Day

8:00 am

Opening of the conference

9:00 am

TwomblyEllert Nijenhuis, Ph.D. (NL)

 

Severe dissociation of the personality in relation to slander and betrayal

 

Severe dissociation of the personality is causally related to a history of chronic childhood traumatization. Apart from sexual abuse and physical maltreatment this traumatization includes emotional neglect and abuse. Slander and betrayal belong to this emotional traumatization, and are at the root of deep attachment problems and dissociative tendencies. The simplest kind of dissociation involves a division between an apparently normal part (ANP) and an emotional part (EP) of the personality. Predominantly mediated by action systems such as care taking, exploration, energy management and play, ANP is a prototype that focuses on functioning in daily life. EP is fixated in traumatic memories, and still lives in "trauma-land." The classical EP engages in mammalian defense to actual and perceived threat, thus, engages in flight, freeze, fight, or playing dead (tonic immobility). In severe dissociation there are two other prototypical EPs. One engages in attachment cry. Seeking control, the other imitates perpetrators. Mediated by the action system of social dominance, controlling EPs may harm what they regard as the bodies of the other parts, or even wish to kill them. Following severe parental physical and emotional traumatization, ANP commonly ignores EPs and traumatic memories, and pleases significant adults to gain their love. EPs engaging in active defense feel fragile, fear and defend against the parents and the controlling EP, and feel abandoned by the ignoring ANP. The controlling EP ignores his or her own fragility and seeks compensation for utter powerlessness regarding parental violations by imitating these controlling adults. Traumatizing parents or other family members are also characterized by shifts among ignorance, fragility, and control. Similar parallels exist in psychiatry and society at large. Thus, regarding chronic childhood traumatization, there are parallels among victims, perpetrators, families, psychiatry and society at large. All share features of ANP, victim EPs, and controlling EPs.

 

CV: Ellert Nijenhuis has more than 20 years of experience in the work with traumatized patients. He is one of the leading researchers in the field of dissociation and speaker at many international conferences. Together with Prof. Onno van der Hart and Kathy Steele, he developed the theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality.

10:00 am

TwomblyIrina Vogt, DP (Leipzig, DE)

 

Slander and Betrayal in the Psychotherapy of Dissociative Patients

 

Mrs. Vogt will outline the impact the conference issue has on the work with highly dissociative patients. Then she will talk about her personal experiences in the course of her therapy training and self-experience and the consequences for the advanced training with colleagues. Many young colleagues do not learn enough about the issue of slander and betrayal for the work with dissociative patients. In their training they are sometimes even faced with an already dissociative approach which they might then internalize which leads to it constituting the practicing norm.
Case examples from her clinical practice will comprise the main part of the talk. She has assessed severe symptoms in regard to slander in betrayal and has developed therapeutic interventions for processing the underlying trauma on the basis of these insights. She based her insights on the disclosures of her patients, feedback from attending physicians, from the romantic partners of her patients and in some interesting individual cases from the permitted exchange with other therapists. It is important to process these challenging relational problems with a respectful and yet confrontational approach. This has achieved significant progress in treatment. It turned out that before, all of the above mentioned patients had not worked sufficiently with their internal system of parts. As a result, destructive perpetrator introjects had implemented a double-entry. It is the task of these parts to keep up these double standards covertly and deliberately. On the other side, additional perpetrator transferences with the fear of loss and the fear of punishment contributed to the secrecy. Specific programs as well as ongoing contact to the perpetrators that had been kept secret from the therapist turned out to be other important sources for slander and betrayal.

 

CV: psychodynamic psychotherapist, EMDR therapist, SPIM-20 therapist, individual and group therapist, and body therapist for adults and children and adolescents. She is the Director of the Trauma-Institute –Leipzig.

11:00 am

Coffee break - Book and CD sale and information

11:30 am

BrunsGeorge F. Rhoades, Jr., Ph.D. (Hawaii, US)

 

Cultural Differences Regarding Slander and Betrayal in the International Field of Trauma and Dissociation – Practical Implications

 

In this presentation the author will introduce case examples from the international field of complex trauma and dissociation, in which slander and betrayal play an important role. He will draw from his longstanding practical experience in troubles areas in Asia and Africa. He will also introduce practical application of techniques to address slander and betrayal in the international, intercultural realm and elaborate on the specific problems this can present. Audience participation and sharing of case examples will be encouraged. A highly charged question regards the issue of forgiveness - under which circumstances can a previous betrayal be forgiven?

 

CV: Holds a PhD in clinical psychology and counselling. He has been on the board of the ISSTD since 2003 and is the director of the Ola Hou clinic in Hawaii. He is a specialist for the organization of psychological first aid for traumatized victims from war and disaster regions (e.g. Sudan).

12:30 am

Lunchtime-snacks on-site - Book and CD sale and information

1:30 pm

HuberBernd Nitzschke, Dr. phil. (Düsseldorf, DE)

 

Slander and Betrayal of a Psychoanalyst or Rescue of Psychoanalysis under Hitler?
Wilhelm Reich’s expulsion from the German Psychoanalytic Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association 1933 and the consequences

 

After introductory thoughts on the issue of betrayal, the “case” of Wilhelm Reich will be used as an example. One of the consequences of this “case” is the controversy of the psychoanalytical historiography after 1945. For instance, the falsification, Reich’s expulsion had been a voluntary withdrawal. Another one, the fact that important issues Reich had worked on – like the importance of the body in psychoanalysis – only found their way back into the scientific debate decades later. And then mostly without mentioning his name, which is still associated with negative connotations – he had actually been crazy. I will address this defamation, which started with Reich’s training analyst Paul Federn.


CV: psychoanalyst, philosopher, sociologist and political scientist. He is working as psychoanalyst in private practice since 1988. Training analyst and therapist, supervisor and lecturer at various institutes. Founding member of psychoanalytic and philosophical journals. Dr. Nitzschke is a sought-after expert on the history of psychoanalysis in Germany.

2:30 pm

TwomblyRalf Vogt, Dr.; Irina Vogt, DP; Winja Lutz (Leipzig, DE)

 

Researching Slander and Betrayal with anonymous Questionnaires for Patients and their Families

 

Even a strictly anonymous survey of clients and their former caretakers is a very difficult venture. Still, it lead to a surprisingly high response rate of approx.. 66 % of the questionnaires we sent out.
In this presentation, we will outline the sample composition, the questionnaire, and its evaluation and familiarize the audience with our hypotheses as well as provide some insights into some individual answering patterns. We have analyzed sample specific research questions and will introduce the results of this pilot study comprehensively. The results show very clearly that slander and betrayal are relational key issues for all our complex traumatized/ dissociative patients. It seems that especially the family members of our complexly traumatized patients who have very often caused slander and betrayal, feel slandered and betrayed by the psychotherapy their e.g. children seek.
As projecting perpetrators they insinuate that the therapists are perpetrators on principle and thus try to reverse the victim-perpetrator dynamic.
On the other hand, we will give examples of positive feedback regarding the impact of psychotherapy from our patient’s partners. This supports the importance of integrating partners in the psychotherapeutic process, like it is embedded in the SPIM-30 Model. The positive impact of an additional group therapeutic setting is supported by this study. It seems that the acting-out of slander and betrayal issues can be addressed and processed much better and quicker within a social context. An additional group setting seems to be especially useful in the second therapy phase of individual therapy because some of our severely traumatized patients couldn’t manage to get away from the power systems of their dysfunctional families of origin (or other perpetrator systems) without this support.
Our research study shows slander and betrayal to be significant influencing factors, which have to be taken into account within therapeutic work.

 

CV: psychotherapist, psychotraumatherapist, family therapist, body therapist, EMDR therapist and SPIM-20 therapist. He is the author of the SPIM-20/30 model for individual and group therapy.

3:30 pm

Coffee break - Book and CD sale and information

4:00 pm

BrunsWiebke Bruns, Dipl.-Psych. (Leipzig, DE)

 

Slander and Betrayal in low-threshold approaches – does it exist, how does it make itself felt and how can we deal with it
A report of six years of work in a the Psychotrauma Center Leipzig.

This talk will introduce the difficulties of low-threshold work with often traumatized clients due to their slander and betrayal potential. A specific case example will help to illustrate how the issue of slander and betrayal can arise within low-threshold work. The specifics and structural obstacles that come with the turf and ways to deal with them will be explained. The speaker will leave room for discussion. Experiences and possible feelings of powerlessness can be exchanged and solutions discussed.

CV: Psychologist, body therapist, psychotherapist in training. She is a founding member and Vice-President of the Psychotrauma-Centre Leipzig and traumatherapist in training. SAFE®-mentor (attachment oriented parent training for expecting parents according to Brisch, LMU Munic).

4:30 pm

PfäfflinAlbert Newen, Prof. Dr. (Bochum)

 

The Basics of Misperception, Self-Deception and Deception of Others

 

Our everyday perception does not produce a photograph of the world, it is a result of various processes in our brain and these processes strongly depend on the situation and are therefore malleable and can be manipulated. Misperceptions can not only happen accidentally but can also be created deliberately. A positive example is the magician who relies on this for his conjuring tricks, whereas in a negative example, we are deliberately presented with a distorted image of the world. We are, however, not just passive victims of these distortions.
In our everyday life, we encounter many things, we would rather not integrate in our view of the world. Seeing our own son as a talented student, is an image we will not give up easily. If he starts coming home with bad grades time and again, we will blame bad teachers or a lack of preparation on the part of our son. We also tend to rationalize facts through self-deception. Self-deception is wide-spread and if applied cautiously, it can help maintain one’s motivation but it can also swiftly tilt into a distorted conception of the world. Similar things can be said about the deception of others: oftentimes we will only partly embrace the societal roles with which we present ourselves to the outside world. We all agree that we are entitled to a private self and this leads to the harmless deception of others. Problematic are cases such as a con man or someone with an antisocial personality disorder. Generally, when it comes to interacting with others, we are always faced with balancing trust and control.

 

CV: Professor for Philosophy at the University of Bochum and internationally renowned professor, holding various visiting professorships in the UK and the US. He is a frequent author for the journal Gehirn & Geist (brain and mind) and he is a very interdisciplinary researcher regarding the issues self-deception, self-awareness and authorship. He will talk about the philosophical dimension of betrayal in the history of mankind and about the limitations of the neurophysiological epistemology.

5:30 pm

End of main conference

 

Sunday, June 16, 2013
10 am – 6 pm

Post-Symposium

(Already fully booked. Registration only for waitlist)

Different Venue!: Leipziger Akademie, Leipziger Straße 36a, 04178 Leipzig
Please note, the Post-Symposium is in German and will not be interpreted.

Colin RossWorkshop: Treating the trinity of trauma and dissociation: Overcoming ignorance, fragility, and malignant control

Ellert Nijenhuis, Ph.D. (NL)

In this workshop, the focus will be on the practical implications of a dissociation of the personality following chronic childhood traumatization that includes, apart from sexual and physical violation, slander and betrayal. The division of the personality as a whole system entails three prototypical parts: Apparently normal parts (ANP), emotional parts engaging in mammalian defense in response to actual and perceived threat (victim EP), and emotional parts that imitate perpetrators (controlling EP). Just like the personality as an overarching system, each of these different prototypes has a biological, psychological, and psychosocial description. That is, an individual’s personality and dissociative parts of that personality do not encompass a body and a mind as two different substances, but their body and mind are different attributes of a living system (personality) or subsystem (dissociative parts of the personality). The different types of dissociative parts fear, avoid and dislike each other. These phobias maintain the dissociation of the personality, as does ANP’s phobia of traumatic memories that EPs carry. Healing from trauma therefore necessitates the conjoint treatment of all dissociative parts. To counter a history of intra-familial abuse, neglect, slander, and betrayal, this treatment must bring (i) care, interest, and empathy rather than intra-individual and inter-individual ignorance, (ii) appreciation of the patient’s fragility and seeking gains in personal strength rather than (ab)using the victim’s fragility, and (iii) benign, therapeutic leading within limits rather than malevolent control. The workshop includes lectures, discussions, video-demonstration and role-playing.

CV: has more than 25 years of experience in the work with traumatized patients. He is one of the leading researchers in the field of dissociation and speaker at many international conferences. He has written and publishes numerous articles and books. Together with Prof. Onno van der Hart and Kathy Steele, he developed the theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality. He plays a major role in various research projects on dissociation working with PET, MRT and other physiological measures.

Literature: Nijenhuis, E. (2004). Somatoform Dissociation: Phenomena, Measurement, and Theoretical Issues. W W Norton & Co.
Van der Hart, O.; Nijenhuis, E.; Steele, K. (2006). The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization. W W Norton & Co.

 

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