Dubrovnik Summer School of Psychotraumatology 2018
Since the last Dubrovnik Summer School of Psychotraumatology in 2016, we all have, unfortunately, witnessed many events of violence which have strongly impacted individuals and communities throughout the world. We are facing large movements of people due to armed conflicts, economical and ecological challenges, in particular in the Middle East and Africa. We were witnessing endless cohorts of refugees moving through Europe from its Mediterranean shores to the north, and rubber boats transporting refugees capsizing in front of the Italian and Greek coasts on a daily basis. Hundreds of thousands of refugees are now populating camps in the south of Turkey, and many of these camps are becoming long-term or permanent accommodations due to the ongoing conflicts in countries of origin.
At the same time, governments of the EU countries receiving refugees are fearing cultural and political destabilization and are therefore increasingly rejecting those seeking shelter and protection. We also have witnessed many terrorist attacks around the globe, installing fear in citizens, challenging their illusion of the daily-life safety, and motivating decision makers to build walls, like in Calais, France, and fences, like in Hungary, in one of the many attempts of the nations to „protect“ themselves from arrival of „the others“. At the same time, knowledge regarding assistance and care for survivors of violent events is improving due to persistent daily activities of thousands of helpers worldwide and expansion of knowledge generated by scientific research. More than ever, the international community of professionals, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other counselors, should become aware of the necessity of an interdisciplinary and contextsensitive approach to health of the survivors.
More than ever, we should recognize that all of us assisting those who were exposed to violence can learn from each other, regardless of the population we are helping on a daily basis, refugees, military, terrorist attacks, early childhood trauma or family violence survivors.
Therefore, the 2018 School aims at integrating experiences and knowledge of the three globally respected mental health professionals, each of them approaching challenges of working with the survivors of violence from a unique and different perspective. Through an interactive process of teaching, sharing and learning from each other, we hope that the 2018 Dubrovnik Summer School of Psychotraumatology will be the venue where you will have a chance to improve your craftsmanship.
Dr. Boris Drožđek, The Netherlands
Prof. Rudolf Gregurek, Croatia
May 28 @ 8:00 am – May 31 @ 5:00 pm. Details about speakers and registration can be found here.