The September 11 tragedy has heightened the nation's awareness of the emotional and psychological toll taken by highly publicized disasters. Prompted by the need to understand and to deal with traumatic events in both the public and the private sector, Emory University and the American Psychoanalytic Association are conducting a three-day symposium April 29-May 1 at the Emory Conference Center.
Co-chairing the event are Beth J. Seelig, MD, director of the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, and Robyn Fivush, PhD, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology, Emory University.
The symposium will bring together scientists, clinicians, psychoanalysts, psychologists, and neuroscientists to consolidate their knowledge and experience to facilitate future research on ways to better handle emotional trauma. Topics include The Neurobiology of Trauma; Repercussions of Trauma; Diverse Treatments for Diverse Traumatized Populations; The Role of Attachment in Trauma and Recovery in Children; Trauma: A Public Health Perspective; Trauma Remembered and Not Remembered.
Many of the presentations are focused on children and interventions to teach parents how to help their children in the face of a horrible experience.
"The average parents are dedicated to helping their children," says Dr. Seelig. "However, many parents distance themselves because they believe that if they show emotion or concern, the child will become more frightened. It is important for us to be able to give parents the tools to deal with traumatic situations in a way that will keep their children from feeling abandoned."
Media are invited to attend. Experts will be available for interview throughout the weekend. Following is the schedule of speakers and topics for presentation. Contact one of the media representatives listed above if you are interested in attending the conference or interviewing any of the presenters.