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For those who have suffered torture, oppression and war

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Both man-made and natural disasters are becoming more and more frequent as is made almost inevitable by political instability, soaring population numbers and climate change.

This is disturbing to us all, even if it is only through watching or reading the news. Those who experience this turbulence nearer at hand can be highly traumatised, often in complex ways.

This conference sets out to bring together:

Dr Judy Ryde, Director of Trauma Foundation South West, will speak about trauma in today’s disaster-prone world and Dr Donna Orange, of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, will discuss the needs of all humanitarian workers who work with traumatised people.
They will be in dialogue with each other and then with those who attend the conference, who will also be in dialogue with each other.

Second Biennial
Trauma Dialogues Conference 2016

Saturday 1st October 2016
9.30am - 5.00pm
M Shed
Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN


Conference Information


2016 Conference Programme

9.30  Registration

10.00  Introduction from the chair:
          Prof. Peter Hawkins
          Conference opening by Ann Mitchell,
          our patron

10.20  Keynote Speaker
Dr Judy Ryde: ‘A World in Turmoil’

11.20 Refreshments

11.45 Encountering Trauma
         Testimonies from people who work
         with those traumatised by war and
         global conflict

12.45 Table dialogue among conference

13.00 Lunch
14.00 Dialogue
         How I resource myself when working
         with those who have suffered
         extreme trauma as a result of war
         and conflict
14.30 Keynote Speaker
         Dr Donna Orange
         ‘My Other’s Keeper: Resources for
         Humanitarian Workers’

15.30  Refreshments

16.00  Dialogue/Plenary

17.00  Finish