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2nd Annual
International Conference on
Transgenerational Trauma
     October 16-19, 2013

     Amman, Jordan

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2012 TT Program

1st Annual International Conference on
"Transgenerational Trauma:"

Communal Wounds and Victim Identitites

September 19-22, 2012
Sadeen Hotel ~ Amman, Jordan

Sponsored by:
Common Bond Institute,
International Humanistic Psychology Association
International Federation of Medical Students' Associations


We wish to honor and thank this year's presenters who recognize the importance of this initiative and have stepped forward to help facilitate it. Presenters have gathered from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to share learning, promote an engaged, inclusive dialogue, and facilitate action planning toward a global study of transgenerational trauma.

(In Order of Appearance in the Program)

Wednesday, September 19

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Greetings, Conference Mission, and Announcements:

  Steve Olweean, MA
is founding Director of Common Bond Institute, co-founder & President of International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA), & past President of Association for Humanistic Psychology. He has written & presented internationally on concepts of The OTHER & dynamics of belief systems. Current writing projects are"Engaging The OTHER," & "Transgenerational Trauma: Communal Wounds and Victim Identities." Founder of Annual International Conference on "Engaging The Other;" Annual International Conference on Religion, Conflict, and Peace; Annual International Conference on Transforming Conflict; International Conference on Practical Models for Peace:, Annual International Conference on Transgenerational Trauma, & Global Network for the Study of Transgenerational Trauma. Co-founder of International Conference on Conflict Resolution. He is a therapist with an MA in Clinical Psychology, with a treatment focus on abuse recovery of victims & perpetrators, trauma recovery, & healing negative belief systems. He developed the Catastrophic Trauma Recovery treatment model for treating large populaions of trauma victims. He is 2011 Recipient of the Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award from the American Psychological Assoc. for outstanding contribution to Humanistic Psychology internationally, and has been recognized for his life long work in a chapter devoted to his role with CBI in the "The New Humanitarians."

~ Thursday, September 20 ~

 Speaker and Dialogue
Morning   9:30 am- 10:00 am

 Stanley Krippner, PhD   
is professor of psychology at Saybrook University, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., a Fellow in four APA divisions, and past-president of two divisions (30 and 32). and formerly was director of the Kent State University Child Study Center, Kent OH, and the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory, in Brooklyn NY. He is author of numerous books on PTSD, trauma, dreams, hypnosis, and spirituality, and has conducted workshops and seminars on dreams and/or hypnosis in numerous countries across the globe and has published cross-cultural studies on spiritual content in dreams. He is also co-editor of The Psychological Effects of War Trauma on Civilians: An International Perspective, and is an international expert and speaker on PTSD and communal trauma. He is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's 2002 Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology, and in 2003 he was the recipient of the Ashley Montagu Peace Award at the International Conference on Conflict Resolution in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he has presented a number of times. He has presented frequently at CBI conferences.
Email:   Web:

Morning   10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 Tanya Awad Ghorra, MBA
has a media background, an MBA in journalism, & an MBA in Non-Violent Education and conflict resolution from AUNOHR (Academic Univ. for Non-violence & Human Rights). She took a challenge 2 years ago, & volunteered to create a non-violent communication & conflict resolution course in a private school for children aged 5 to 10. Now the school declared itself a non-violent one, & they are in the process of implementing a mediation desk & extending the course to higher classes. She is also a trainer for teachers & NGOs where she introduces NVC & conflict resolution, often traveling to Egypt & other countries to do so. Tanya is an activist in her country of Lebanon, working on abolishing capital punishment & achieving permanent peace in civil society & civil marriage. She is often featured in the media for her work & increasingly enlisted by media, business, & even political parties to offer NVC programs & workshops to staff members, corporate managers, & the public. In August of 2012 she began the 1st weekly public education TV show on NVC in Lebanon.
Email:   Blog:

Afternoon   2:00 - 3:30 pm

  Michel Meignant, MD
is a Medical doctor, EMDR practitionner, Sexologist, Humanistic Psychotherapist, Group therapist, and Professionnal film director ( Lion de bronze - Mostra Venezia). Films include: 2008 Film "The Legend of EMDR" (1h07), 2009 Film "EMDR for a child" (EMDR training on the River Kwaï), 2010 Film "Love and Punishment," 2011 Film "The Freud affair,", 2012 Film "Life Story"
Email:   Web:
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Myron Eshowsky, M.S.
has taught shamanism and its application to peace and healing internationally since 1986. He has published dozens of articles on the integration of shamanic methods into modern life including healthcare, mental health, prisons, gang work, healing revenge, and peacemaking. He worked for six years in a community mental health center as a shamanic healer. He is the first known shamanic healer to be covered by a health insurance company to provide soul retrieval work. He has a private practice in healing services, mediation, and organizational consultation in Madison, Wisconsin. Additionally, he is the author of Peace with Cancer: Shamanism as a Spiritual Approach to Healing.
Email:  Web:

Morning  3:15 - 3:45 pm

  Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, PhD
is professor at Dept of Psychology at the Univ. of Cape Town. She served on the So. African Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as coordinator of victims' public hearings in the Western Cape. In that role she participated in & facilitated encounters between family members of victims of gross human rights & perpetrators responsible for these human rights abuses. Since serving on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) & witnessing some of the unexpected outcomes of the TRC's public hearings process & public dialogue about the past, Gobodo-Madikizela has been interested in this question: what features of the TRC process were effective in opening up the possibility of transformation? She has been studying the process of forgiveness & its relation to past trauma in encounters between survivors/victims of gross human rights violations & perpetrators in order to deepen understanding of the reparative elements of forgiveness. Her current research examines the development of empathy in victim-perpetrator dialogue. Her interest in relation to empathy focuses on the web of feelings & the transformative shifts that open up the possibility of reconciliation when conditions for respectful dialogue in small groups are created.
Email:    Web:

and Breakout Dialogue Groups
Afternoon  3:45 - 6:00 pm

 Tanya Awad Ghorra, MBA  (see A)

  James Randolph Hillard, MD
is Professor of Psychiatry at the Michigan State University. His undergraduate was BA in Psychology With Highest Honors at University of North Carolina. His medical training was at Stanford University and his psychiatric training was at Duke University. His research has involved emergency, post traumatic stress disorder, and psychiatric epidemiology. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Myron Eshowsky, MS  (see B-2)

Steve Olweean, MA   (see Wednesday night Opening)

~ Friday, September 21 ~

Morning   9:00 - 10:30 am


James Randolph Hillard, MD  (see Plenary Panel C)

  Aingeal Grehan, MBA
grew up as a Catholic in Northern Ireland and was a "Child of the Troubles." She was caught up in the violence. Her family has been involved with the "Peace People," headed by Nobel Laureate Mairead McGuire, devoted to international peace and understanding. Ms. Grehan has been a BAFTA nominated actress in Britain performing, among many other roles, in the internationally distributed 1998 film "Titanic Town," dealing with the Northern Irish peace movement

Laura Takacs, MA
is a clinical social worker with a Master Degree in Public Health from the University of Washington, Seattle. Since 1996, Ms. Takacs has been working in the area of mental health and trauma in the United States, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. During her career, she has worked with children and adults affected by war, gender-based violence, chronic mental illness, crisis intervention related to man-made and natural disaster, and community-based mental health.

Morning  10:45 am - 12:15 pm

  Sulaiman Khatib
from Ramallah, Palestine, is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of People's Peace Fund, the first international Palestinian-Israeli fund for conciliation. Sulaiman spent over 10 years in Israeli jails from age of 14 following his active role to resist the Israeli occupation. In 2005 he co-founded Combatants For Peace, and Since early 2008 has co-lead a grassroots dialog project called Wounded Xrossing Borders which is centered around people wounded in the Palestinian-Israeli-Arab conflict and belonging to the socio-political mainstreams of their societies.
Email:  Web:

Aingeal Grehan, MBA   (see D-1)

Laura Takacs, MA   (see D-2)

Steve Olweean, MA   (see Wednesday night Opening)

Afternoon  12:15 - 1:00 pm

 Alvaro Cedeno, JD
is Costa Rican Ambassador to Japan. Prior to this he has been Chief of Staff of the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Trade, and Commercial Counselor on his country’s first diplomatic mission to China. He is a Lawyer with a Masters degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation from the University of Tromsø, Norway, and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He has worked for 10 years as an international volunteer in intercultural competence building, facilitating workshops in several countries, and has also worked with Common Bond Institute since 2003. He has presented at the International Conference on Conflict Resolution in Russia and the Annual International Conference on Engaging The Other in the US.
Blog:   Twitter:  @alvarcidane


Afternoon  2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Sulaiman Khatib  (see Plenary Panel E)
  Jed Magen,
is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and Chair of the Dept of Psychiatry
in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State Univ. His clinical work includes children with autistic disorders, depression, aggression and other psychiatric disorders. He has a MA in Health Care Management from the Univ. of Texas at Dallas. He writes on graduate medical education financing, a subject on which he is a national resource for psychiatry educators and chairs. He is a representative to the Council of Academic Societies of the Assoc. of American Medical Colleges and has been elected to membership in the American College of Psychiatrists. He is a member of a research group studying neuropsychiatric outcomes of cerebral malaria in the African country of Malawi

  Farha Abbasi, MD
is general psychiatrist who graduated with an MBBS from Liaquat Medical College, Hyderabad, Pakistan. She was medical intern in a Radiology Internship at Liaquat Medical College and then a Medical Intern at the Liaquat Medical College Eye Hospital. She was an Internist at Faisal General Medical Clinic form 190-1992 and then at Abbasi Medical and Surgical Hospital in Hyderabad. She graduated from the Michigan State Univ. Psychiatry Residency Program in 2010 where she was an American Psychiatric Assoc. Minority Fellow. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry at Michigan State Univ. in East Lansing Michigan USA. Dr. Abbasi edits the Journal of Muslin Mental Health, the only such journal published in the United States
Email:   Web:

Afternoon  4:30 - 6:00 pm

Jed Magen, DO MS    (see F-2)

Michel Meignant, MD    (see B-1)

Myron Eshowsky, MS    (see B-2)  

Steve Olweean, MA   (see Wednesday night Opening)

~ Saturday, September 22 ~


Morning  9:30 am - 11:00 am

Grant J. Rich, Ph.D. NCTMB
received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago and is a nationally certified massage therapist in the USA. He has served as a psychology or health professor at several institutions, including the University of Alaska Southeast and Bates College.
His massage therapy publications include a recent article in APA's Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. His edited academic book of touch therapy research, Massage Therapy: The Evidence for Practice, includes the quantitative work of M.D. and Ph.D. scholars. Dr. Rich is past chair of the editorial advisory board of the American Massage Therapy Association's Massage Therapy Journal, and he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Grant is also the editor of International Psychology Bulletin, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Grant has served as massage therapist on medical missions around the globe.
  Louis Boynton, MA, LPC, ABD
is a doctoral student at Univ. of West Georgia, a Project Manager/ Coordinator for the Georgia Disaster Mental Health Website, a counselor at a community psychiatric hospital as an assessment and intake counselor, & worked as Program Designer and Trainer for the K-12 Emergency Preparedness Technical Assistance Center. He has presented on various topics related to community psychology and interdisciplinary research, and main interests include ethics of disaster management planning and ways in which the field of psychology can offer a collaborative role in community building and conflict resolution using restorative principles.


Facilitated Dialogue Groups
Morning  11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Tanya Awad GhorraMBA (see A)

Myron Eshowsky, MS    (see B-2)

Steve Olweean MA  (see Wednesday night Opening)

Guidelines For Compassionate Dialogue
The TT Conference strives to promote an inclusive, compassionate dialogue that honors different personal experiences, perspectives, and narratives, while allowing for better expressing and listening to each other as we work together toward understanding and harmony. Our intention is to create an open venue where we can engage meaningfully and invite in a public dialogue that brings our joint wisdom to bear in exploring sometimes difficult issues that effect us all. This is based on the premise that it does not require that we be the same to be appreciate of, at peace with, and secure in our relationships with each other; only that we be familiar enough with each others story to share the humanity and trustworthiness that resides in each of us.
We ask all participants to assist us by carrying and expressing this intent throughout the conference.
NonViolent Communication Guidelines (Adapted from Marshall Rosenberg):
Unique Assumptions—NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. It also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that all actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.
While NVC is much more than a communication model, the components below provide a structural concept of the process that leads to giving and receiving from the heart.
Honestly Expressing how I am and what I would like without using blame, criticism or demands
Empathically Receiving how another is and what he/she would like without hearing blame, criticism or demands  
Whether expressing or receiving, NVC focuses our attention on four pieces of information:
1) Observations —Objectively describing what is going on without using evaluation, moralistic judgment, interpretation or diagnosis
2) Feelings —Saying how you feel (emotions and body sensations) about what you have observed without assigning blame
3) Needs —The basic human needs that are or not being met and are the source of feelings
4) Requests —Clear request for actions that can meet needs

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Other Annual Conferences by CBI in 2014:
      8th International Conf. on Engaging The Other (Spring 2014 USA)
      3rd International Conf. on Transgenerational Trauma (Fall 2014 Jordan)

Capacity Building Training Programs by CBI:
      Social Health Care Training and Treatment (Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria)

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