Key Note 1

Ulrich Sachsse

Ulrich Sachsse (D)

From Freud to Shapiro - a Walk

Friday, June 3rd, 2011, 10.00 am – 11.00 am
Campus of the University of Vienna, Room C1
(English with German Translation)

Biographical Sketch: Born in Beuel near Bonn/ Germany (1949). Spent childhood and school in Bonn, Kattenvenne (Westphalia) and Herford. Medical studies at the Georg-August-University Goettingen (1968-1974). Internship at Cook-County-Hospital and Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital, Chicago (1973). Training in psychosomatic medicine at the Clinic Tiefenbrunn (1976-1982). Medical training in psychiatry at the Psychiatric State Hospital Goettingen by Ulrich Venzlaff (1982-1986). Medical director of the department of psychotherapy of this hospital (1987-2009), now scientific consultant. Training and supervising psychoanalyst. EMDR supervisor. Honorary professor of the University of Kassel. Publications on self-mutilation, borderline personality disorder, complex PTSD. Co-editor of the "Handbuch der Borderline-Störungen" together with O F Kernberg, Sabine Herpertz and Birger Dulz. Articles on brain changes in patients with PTSD, dissociation and BPS together with Eva Irle.


Coming to Vienna means coming to a city where some of the earliest roots of psychotherapy developed, and at the same time coming to a city, which in 2002 awarded (with the World Council for Psychotherapy) the International Sigmund Freud Award for distinguished contribution to psychotherapy to Francine Shapiro.


Key Note 2

Atle Dyregrov

Atle Dyregrov (N)

Clinical Work following Acute Trauma – Crisis Intervention and Trauma Therapy – Implications from Recent Research

Saturday, June 4th, 2011, 05.00 pm – 06.00 pm
Campus of the University of Vienna, Room C1
(English with German Translation)

Biographical Sketch: Director for crisis psychology in Bergen, Norway. Atle Dyregrov is a clinical and research psychologist and is a board member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and one of the founders of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Children and War Foundation. His former positions included 4 years of clinical and research work at the Children's Hospital in Bergen, and 4 years at the University of Bergen. He is the author of numerous publications, journal articles and books including "Grief in children", “Grief in young Children” “Psychological debriefing: a leader’s guide for small group crisis intervention” and “Children and Trauma” (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). Together with his wife Kari Dyregrov (first author) he has published: Effective Grief and Bereavement Support. The Role of Family, Friends, Colleagues, Schools and Support Professionals, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.  He has lectured extensively in the Scandinavian countries as well as around the world and has worked as a consultant for different UN organizations. His clinical work has covered areas such as: grief reactions in parents following the loss of a child, grief and trauma in children, organizing psychosocial disaster assistance, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing work with disaster-workers and other helpers, and work with children in war and disaster situations. 


Abstract: Newer research, especially within memory research, has practical relevance and implications on how we provide help to people who experience critical events. In this presentation potential benefits for early intervention and trauma therapy will be presented. New knowledge should make us rethink and change what we do on the day of an event. Although the present “Zeitgeist” is to monitor and screen, and intervene later sooner than earlier, there are also reasons to rethink this view and consider how a “wait and see” approach may leave time for negative reactions to consolidate. Modern research results also have implications for trauma therapy and may help us add different techniques and treatment methods to our therapy armamentarium. As our knowledge of brain mechanisms and processes increase, modern therapy approaches for trauma, like EMDR, should make better use of the new knowledge. Modern neurobehavioral research paves the way for the development of new methods and the refinement of “old” ones. We may well echo Bob Dylan and say that “The times they are a- changin’ ”.


Key Note 3 - Joint Day

Peter Bumke

Peter Bumke (D)

Trauma Centered Psychotherapy and EMDR in a Humanitarian Mass Disaster: Evaluating the Aceh Experience

Sunday, June 5th, 2011, 8.30am – 9.15am
Main Building of the University of Vienna, Audi Max

Biographical Sketches: Peter J. Bumke is a social anthropologist and Southeast Asian (Ph.D. Heidelberg 1970). He has done fieldwork in Thailand and Turkey, worked in development projects in Jamaica and served, until his recent retirement, as a cultural exchange officer for the Goethe Institute in India, Indonesia and Vietnam. Over the last years he has become increasingly involved in helping to initiate and build up a trauma therapy network in Southeast Asia and has, more particularly, designed and carried out research into the effectiveness of EMDR after the Tsunami in Aceh/Indonesia. At present he has joined a project to extend the training-cum therapy approach in psychotraumatology of the Aceh project into the wider Southeast Asian region.


Abstract: In a project carried out by Trauma Aid-HAP Germany between 2007 and 2009 and sponsored by tdh (terre des homes) and German ODA, more than 3200 adult and child clients were treated for psychic disorders related to traumatic experiences after the Tsunami of 2004 and the civil war in Aceh/Indonesia. To guide both the therapeutic processes and the training process in psychotraumatology and to check on their long term effectiveness an accompanying monitoring and research component provided detailed diagnostic data before and after therapy. These findings in turn were related to various traumatic events, i.e. socio-economic conditions and to other non-psychological factors that had a bearing on the outcome of the therapies. Particular attention was given to a variety of cultural implications entailed in using therapies such as EMDR in a non-Western and deeply religious and traditional context.


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