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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

Wednesday, September 19

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Greeting, Mission, Overview, and Announcements
   Steve Olweean
, MA, Director, Common Bond Institute
                                       President, International Humanistic Psychology Association

Charter For Compassion

7:30 - 9:00 pm
All Conference Facilitated Dialogue Session:
"Seeking A Common Perspective And Definition of Transgenerational Trauma"

Thursday, September 20

Morning  9:30 - 10:00 am

Stanley Krippner, PhD


Plenary Workshop
Morning  10:30 am - 12:00 pm

"Discovering And Practicing NonViolent Communications (NVC) On The Way To Conflict Resolution"
Active and interactive workshop, where we start by defining communication (feelings, needs, process, verbal, non-verbal), followed by NVC practice(does and don'ts, active listening, understanding the way I see facts...), NVC during conflict, the four ways of conflict resolution, understanding the conflict circle. All done in an active way, with over five "games" or exercises to be used by participants in their fields.
Tanya Awad Ghorra

~ Lunch ~
12:00 - 1:30 pm


Afternoon  1:30 - 3:00 pm

B 1:  "The Legend of EMDR" (Film and Dialogue)
This film and presentation demonstrates a complete EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) session about childhood and transgenerational traumas done by Roger Solomon on Michel Meignant himself, and is an historic testimony about the discovery of EMDR by Dr. Francine Shapiro, and a pesonnal memory work about the SHOAH.
A discussion of the film and experience follows.
Michel Meignant, MD


B 2:  "Healing History: Indigenous Wisdom Approach To Multigenerational Trauma"
Each of us is a living story influenced by generations past. If we learn what is difficult to hear and see what is difficult to see, then we can better understand transgenerational transmission of unresolved conflicts of hatred and revenge. This session presents a model of healing individual and collective trauma based on indigenous wisdom utilizing healing methods and ritual
Myron Eshowsky, MS

Morning  3:15 - 3:45 pm

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, PhD,

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

"A Universal Human Dilemma: Revealing The Cultural Stories Of Communal Trauma and Victim Identities"

Examples of questions to consider include:
1)  Is there a traditional cultural story of communal victim identity imbedded in most or all societies, if we look deeply enough and far back enough in history?
2)  Might we find this in our folk lore, our arts, our monuments, and our historic icons of group identity and rites of belonging?
3)  How might this influence our perceptions, expectations, and justifications for behavior toward other groups in the present - both those directly related to the original trauma and those who simply remind us of them in some way?
4)  Can acts of retribution against a perceived perpetrator group for past generation wrongs be experienced as victimization by current generation members of that same group, and create a justification for reciprocal retribution?
5)  Are collective stories of tragedy, martyrdom, heroics, victory of good (ours) over evil (theirs), and blame of the Other, common and even interchangeable images we may share that go back in some cases to ancient history?
6)  If so, would uncovering and sharing these victim narratives assist us in gaining a better understanding, appreciation, and mutual compassion for this as a more universal human experience, rather than an exclusive one unique to any particular group, and would this open more possibilities for final healing and resolution?
7)  Is there a difficult trade-off with giving up some of our traditional victim identity?
8)  How does the individual grieving process compare with the communal grieving process?
Tanya Awad, Ghorra, MBA,  James Randolph Hillard, MD,  Myron Eshowsky, MS,
Moderated by:
Steve Olweean
, MA

~ Dinner ~
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Evening Social-Cultural Activities
8:00 - 9:30 pm

Friday, September 21


Morning  9:00 - 10:30 am

D-1:  "Healing Transgenerational Conflict: The experience of Northern Ireland"
Northern Ireland has a long history of hatred and conflict between its Catholic and Protestant communities. Active armed conflict with thousands of deaths existed from the 1960 to 1990s, traumatizing both communities. This presentation will explore the trauma and its healing and its applicability elsewhere.
James Randolph Hillard, MD and Aingeal Grehan, MBA

D-2  "Restorative Retelling After Violent Dying"
Developed in 1999, Restorative Retelling (RR) is proven effective in minimizing trauma and grief in those who have lost a loved one due to violent death. With emphasis on skill development, this Workshop will provide participants with:   1. Understanding of key concepts of RR   2. Specific examples of each RR component
Laura Takacs, MA

Morning  10:45 am - 12:15 pm

"Survivors As Healers: Engaging The Other With The Power of Compassion"

Examples of questions to consider include:
History demonstrates countless examples of victims becoming perpetrators, and visa versa.
1)  What does this mean in terms of these interchangeable roles at any given time in the on-going human story, and particularly in the eyes of each community?
2)   How does the energy of justified revenge and retribution, often upon succeeding generations, allow for a continuing and spiraling cycle of victimhood? And conversely, how can the power of compassion allow for mutual healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation between victim and perpetrator?
3)   Is there an essential role past perpetrators can play in the healing of trauma wounds through victims reclaiming fundamental security and self-worth, and restoring personal balance with the world around them through reconciliation with a perpetrator and demonized Other?
4)   Is there a unique healing power through acknowledgement in sharing narratives between past perpetrators and victims that can cultivate forgiveness, reconciliation, and breaking the cycle of animosity and violence?
Sulaiman Khatib, Aingeal Grehan, MBA, Laura Takacs, MA,
Moderated by:
Steve Olweean
, MA

Afternoon  12:15 - 1:00 pm

Alvaro Cedeno, JD

~ Lunch ~
1:00 - 2:45 pm


Afternoon  2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

F-1:  "Experience Wounded Xrossing Borders"
Presenting the experience of the members of Wounded Xrossing Borders - a group made up of wounded casualties from both sides of violent conflict. The session shares personal stories of change and transformation from difficult beginnings and conditions, and sharing the process and stages they have gone through and are still going through, within themselves and between themselves.
Sulaiman Khatib


F-2:  "Using Telepsychiatry to Address Trauma and Other Mental Health Issues"
Presenters will review how to develop and maintain telepsychiatry services. What kindsof disorders can be treated? How can telepsychiatry be used to help train mental health professionals in mid and lower income countries? How can services be sustained?
Jed Magen, DO MS, Farha Abbasi, MD

Afternoon  4:30 - 6:00 pm

"Mind-Body-Spirit: A Holistic Understanding and Approach"

Examples of questions and issues to consider include:
1)  Uniformity and diversity in the experience of trauma and it's treatment - What is universal and cross-cultural and what may be unique?
2)  Is there a multidimensional interplay of psychological, social, biological, and transpersonal/spiritual factors In communal trauma, it's transmission, and it's healing?
3)  What does brain and genetic research offer in our understanding of the dynamics of trauma?
4)  A search for new models and culturally appropriate methods for understanding and healing collective trauma. Contemporary treatment has focused on the individual and small group.
 - How can this be innovated and extended to healing at the large group and societal level, and how can unprecedented challenges be addressed in moving from understanding and treating the individual to the global, and from direct, primary trauma to secondary, vicarious, and transgenerational trauma?
 - Are there also traditional mechanisms to consider?
Jed Magen, DO MS,  Michel Meignant, MD Myron Eshowsky, MS
Moderated by:
Steve Olweean
, MA

~ Dinner ~
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Evening Social-Cultural Activities
8:00 - 9:30 pm

Saturday, September 22


Morning  9:30 am - 11:00 am

H-1:  "Massage Therapy for PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression"
I will discuss massage therapy research relevant to mental health professionals, focusing on effectiveness of this healing modality for PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I am a published psychology Ph.D. and certified massage therapist, and have served as a massage therapist on medical missions around the globe.
Grant J. Rich, Ph.D. NCTMB

H-2:  " Action Research and The Healing Interview as a Restoration of Communal Dignity"
This presentation provides participants tools to conduct Action research and design the research interview as a cathartic and healing process. As we work in the field of trauma as researchers we must be careful to create an environment of safety. This demonstration provides examples and skills from psychotherapy and the field of disaster mental health that can be used in the interview to empower and assist in beginning the healing of the community. The goal of the project is to demonstrate the skills to conduct quality interviews & that help the community to find its dignity & to create a sustainable system that heals the wounds of trauma
Louis Boynton


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

Opportunities for all participants to engage in facilitated dialogues to process experiences, share additionl learning, further explore concepts, brainstorm practical applications and collaboration to contribute to conference products, and network. Each group is framed around one of 3 topics that arise out of interactions over the course of the conference and that have potential for future study and cooperation. Participants can choose a topical group that most interests them. In addition to facilitators, scribes in each group record content highlights and combine this with notes compiled by scribes throughout the conference days for posting to CBI's web blog. The information is also included in conference proceedings and outcomes, and utilized for future planning.
Facilitators: Tanya Awad Ghorra, MBA, Myron Eshowsky, MS, Steve Olweean, MA

~ Lunch ~
12:30 - 2:00 pm


Final Dialogue and Action Planning Group
Afternoon   2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sharing content from breakout dialogue groups, feedback and final summary of conference program, recommendations and input into the development of the Global Network for the Study of Transgenerational Trauma and the Annual TT Conference, opportunities for practical applications and future cooperation, and action planning for next steps.
Facilitator: Steve Olweean, MA

Afternoon   3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Final community gathering for processing the conference experience, affirmations of positive action beyond the conference, reflection, insight, transition, and farewell.

~ Farewell Dinner Party ~
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
(a final time to break bread together)

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 Transgenerationsl Trauma (Fall 2014, Jordan)

Capacity Building Training Programs by CBI in 2013:
      Social Health Care Training and Treatment (Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria)

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