5th Annual International Conference on
” Transgenerational Trauma:”
Communal Wounds and Victim Identities
October 26-29, 2016 ~ Amman, Jordan
* Watch for updated information for 2016
Previous 2015 Program ~~ Previous 2015 Presenter Bios
A Sharing of Skills:
Training in proven, practical skills and applications in current, real-world situations.
A Search for New Models and Methodologies:
Developing new culturally appropriate, practical models and methods at the large scale, societal level for healing communal trauma and preventing it’s transfer into future generations.
A Focused Dialogue and Deliberation:
Defining and addressing the multidimensional dynamics of inherited, unresolved communal trauma from one generation to the next, including historical understandings, development and perpetuation of communal victim identities and belief systems, effects on exclusive cultural membership and rites of belonging, war and violence, epigenetics, and implications for present and future relations within and between communities.
Transgenerational Trauma is seen as an underlying and complex global syndrome that divides, polarizes, and perpetuates enemy images, has been a central basis for past conflict and wars, and is a potent fuel for the eruption of violence in the present and future. Understanding it’s dynamics and implications, and developing ways to effectively prevent and treat it, are essential to healing and reconciliation within and between communities, establishing compassionate local and global relations, and achieving sustainable peace.
“Every society and culture has it’s traditional victim story, if we look back far enough. It emerges in our folklore, our arts, our monuments, our historic icons of group identity and belonging, and at times our justification and readiness for retribution, particularly toward descendents of past perpetrators, or simply those who remind us of them“ …. Steve Olweean
Held in conjunction with:
- Conducting an on-site training intensive in the Social Health Care (SHC) training and treatment program – a model for building local capacity for healing communal trauma and instilling confidence within the effected community.
- Conducting a Disaster Health Care Field Clinic providing comprehensive Psychosocial, Medical, and Dental services to the refugee population in Jordan
- Conducting a separate Invitational Psychosocial Seminar for Religious Leaders and Teachers to assist in identifying symptoms, basic interventions, and those in need of professional psychosocial services.
- The Global Network for the Study of Transgenerational Trauma – a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary professional network engaged in the study of inherited, unresolved communal trauma, and the implications for violence and war within and between communities, past, present, and future.
Common Bond Institute (CBI)
Michigan State University (MSU)
International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA)
International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA)
An international list of over 100 cooperating organizations and universities
Official Partner and Event of:
Charter For Compassion and Parliament of World’s Religions
For Further Information or Questions Contact:
Common Bond Institute
12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, Michigan 49034 USA