«Anatomy of Trauma»

International experience of trauma psychotherapy.


“Anatomy of Trauma”

International experience in psychotrauma therapy

During the past year Ukrainian trauma therapists helped their compatriots daily and round the clock, doing that against the background of full-scale war which brought misery, destruction and losses to their homes as well.

War Psychotrauma Institute decided to combine the experience of Ukrainian colleagues with that of international experts working with mental health during emergencies.

Let us meet at Anatomy of Trauma conference and discuss that.  

Anatomy of Trauma conference agenda

20-23 April 2023

4 days

A rich lecture program during the whole day, with small breaks

22 speakers

Psychotherapists with significant experience, most of them Ukrainians

36 hours

Total duration of lecture video recordings

Day 1. Flagship Day

Thursday, April 20, 10:00 – 19:30

10:00 – 11:30

A Year of War in Ukraine: Scale of Traumas and Their Consequences

“Psychological” results of the year. Official stats and psychotherapist’s real experience. Grave war cases. Mental state of those returning from zones of active hostilities.

11:30- 13:00

Psychological competence on the basis of rehabilitation centers network in Ukraine

Principles of competence-building. Professional criteria. Challenges and opportunities for professional fulfillment when working with war veterans.

14:30- 16:00

An Integrated Holistic approach to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Physical and emotional recovery of veterans from the consequences of war trauma. Theoretical justification and pilot implementation of an integrative approach in the treatment of war trauma combining traditional Ayurvedic medicine with group psychotherapeutic interventions.

Dr Andrew Vikram Naharwar, PhD, CEO at Amsar Goa Privat limited, India

16:00- 17:30

A practical study of Hibuki therapy efficiency when working with psychologically traumatized children

Foundation of Hibuki therapy method. Practical study results.

16:00- 18:00

Dynamics and Challenges of Collective Trauma

Different types of collective trauma, each causing certain dynamics and triggering various problems for individuals, communities, and psychotherapists. External and internal psychological context for refugees.

18:00- 19:30

СупеSuperhero therapy: how to overcome trauma

How to use superhero therapy to help overcome PTSD symptoms, feel understanding and support, expand emotional vocabulary and become one’s own version of a superhero in real life.

Day 2. International experience of trauma therapy

Friday, April 21, 10:00 – 19:00

10:00 – 11:30

Black-and-White Mind of the Humanity

On inevitability of psychological traumas. On the meaning of transformation and revival using the symbols of Christianity, India, Egypt, China, Ancient Greece and Rome as examples. Constant affinity to death and life as the gist of human nature and its mental driving force.

Lesya Nikiforova, teacher of Indian philosophy, Poland

11:30- 13:00

Challenges for psychotherapy and supervision in the times of war

How to preserve loving presence in professional support. Total immersion in misery and loss, forced migration, setting disruption due to air raid alerts, and connection problems. What the professional should lean on for the work to continue and remain efficient.  Experience of a public clinic and Dignity Against Torture, a Ukrainian project.

Anna Vovk, dean of psychology chair, clinical psychologist in a military hospital, psychotherapist, supervisor of Dignity project in Ukraine (with Danish Institute Against Torture), Danish

13:00- 14:30

The trauma of a witness

How did the war change us and our world? from the experience of working with refugees, relocators, volunteers, helping professionals

Elena Vasilieva, existential psychotherapist, Lithuania

14:30- 16:00

Grief and despair: psychological consequences of Kantar in Kazakhstan

Solution-oriented approach in working with witness trauma; therapeutical role of human rights advocates and independent studies of Kantar events; a view from outside on January events in Kazakhstan through the prism of war in Ukraine.

Yelena Voronova, family psychologist, Kazakhstan

16:00- 17:30

Sexual Violence Trauma: Wartime Context

The comprehensive nature of sexual violence trauma. Shame, guilt, value of life. Mental defenses and resistance about going to a psychologist. Basic therapy principles. Victim vs survivor. Emotion-image therapy as a method. Case studies.

17:30- 19:00

Psychological consequences of political repression

Captivity and torture: from the Middle Ages to the present day. Victims of terror. Victims of political repression. Features of accommodation and rehabilitation. Case Study (live communication with a survivor of a traumatic experience).

Speaker, Belarus

Day 2. Work of Ukrainian Psychologists During the War

Saturday, April 22, 10:00 – 19:00

10:00- 11:00

Art Therapy in Overcoming Trauma

Impact of stress on cognitive abilities. Regress as accompaniment to trauma. Art therapy as a way of soft expression of emotions, decreasing tension and obtaining resource. Practical cases and an exercise for lecture participants. 

Yulia Farafonova,  psychologist, art therapist

11:00- 12:00

“I Don’t Care”: The Indifference Reaction

Threatening reality. Physiological process of exhaustion. Ignoring danger and reasons for such reaction. What is an adequate response to danger and how to leave the state of indifference.

AnnaTokranovs, psychologist

12:00- 13:00

Military Occupation: Accepting the Experience, Mental Defenses, and Grieving

A study of the mind’s defenses among civilians on the occupied territory of Kyiv region (November 2022). Presentation of results and trends. Self-help recommendations.

Yana Stadilnayajournalist, psychologist

13:00- 14:00

Survivor’s Guilt

Unconscious mechanism of vulnerability. Actualization of old traumas. Feeling guilty about who and what you are. Grieving the loss of oneself. Living through past losses. Relying on own resources.  

Yulia Denysenkopsychologist, scheme therapist

14:00- 15:00

Story About Oneself as a Way to Heal

Memory development while growing up. Trauma as a disruption of narrative and impossibility to continue the story. Traumas of development, relationship traumas, situational traumas in adult age.

15:00- 16:00

Forced Displacement: Life “Across the Border” of Life

Psychological and social problems of refugees, their classification and possible solutions. Basic needs and the ways to cover them. Adaptation problems. Identity challenges. Practical cases.

Natalia Pluzhnikovapsychologist

16:00- 17:00

Shock Stage of the Trauma: Survive and Move On

War “live”. Sources of traumas. Shock state and its difference from crisis state and PTSD. How to talk to a person in the state of shock. Sources of mental and physical resources. Self-help methods.  

Irina Khrisanfovabody-oriented psychotherapist

17:00- 18:00

Projective Methods in Trauma Therapy

Signs and symptoms of a psychological trauma. Stages of psychotherapy for trauma. Classification and directions of projective techniques. Examples of projective methods in trauma therapy.

Svetlana Butunetsfamily psychologist

18:00- 19:00

War. Living Through Anger

Psychological and physiological mechanisms of negative emotions and their resource potential. What the body and mind live through when we feel anger or hatred. How to use aggression not to be a victim and to obtain life energy from it.  

Day 3. Webinars about PTSD from American Institute of Psychology (Vilnius)

April 23, Sunday, 10:00 – 19:00

10:00 – 11:30

Trauma According to DSM-V Criteria

PTSD. Acute stress disorder. Dissociative subtype of PTSD. Complex PTSD. Differential diagnostics. Comorbidities.

11:45- 13:15

Instruments of Diagnostics and Evaluation

Screening tools for PTSD diagnostics. Advantages and features. Diagnostics protocol and study algorithm.

14:15- 15:45

Trauma and the Brain

Rethinking trauma in contemporary science. Functional structure of the brain. Neurobiology of trauma. Paul MacLean’s theory. Neurobiological mechanisms of trauma.  

16:00- 17:30

Review of Approaches to Treat Trauma

Trauma-informed approach. Classification criteria for efficient methods. Approaches and interventions when working with trauma.

Different participation options

Choose what interests you the most

Two days of participation

50 euros

-20% until April 10

Participation in “Flagship day” webinars, April 20

Participation in webinars of one more days – April 21, 22 or 23 (upon your choice), plus video recordings  

Three days of participation

90 euros

-20% until April 10

Participation in “Flagship day” webinars, April 20

Participation in webinars of two more days – April 21, 22 or 23 (upon your choice), plus video recordings  

Four days of participation

120 euros

-20% until April 10

Participation in “Flagship day” webinars, April 20

Participation in webinars of three more days – April 21, 22 and 23, plus video recordings