Program : 24th March, 2012 (Sat)

24th March


Workshop for professionals
”Treating Traumatic Reactions in Group”

Trainer: Dr. Bonnie Buchele

In the lives of human beings, overwhelming events can occur; when they happen, they can stimulate a wide range of traumatic reactions, some transient and some longlasting. But whenever a traumatic response occurs, the impact is significant. Therefore, in the face of any disaster, helpers of many kinds can benefit from informing themselves about how to diagnose trauma reactions. When a positive diagnosis is the result, additional factors become important to know: how to help the traumatized individuals, the usefulness and power of the group setting to promote healing and special leadership skills necessary for the leader in working with these groups.

Dr Buchele, from her perspectives of group theory and practice, psychoanalysis and trauma, will help the participants learn to diagnose a wide range of trauma reactions in individuals. She will discuss the relationship between attachments and trauma reactions, including the findings of recent neuroscientific research. Theoretical understanding of trauma and its treatment will be presented. She will discuss the treatment of trauma reactions in a group setting with special attention given to delineating an array of types of groups that may be appropriate. Throughout the presentation she will emphasize the effect that working with trauma groups has upon the leader as well as how the leader can maximize his or her effectiveness.


Workshop for the public and professionals
“Community Renewal and Reorganization Following the Disaster”

Lecturer: Dr. Bonnie Buchele

When the community experiences a disaster, every individual is affected as well as every grouping within it, including families, schools, workplaces, governments and all other collectives where people are connected with one another. To one extent or another, the initial impact damages or disables these entities so that their functioning is impaired. At some point, when survival is assured for those remaining, the task of rebuilding the community structures becomes possible and necessary. Understanding the effects of the disaster on the community as a whole so that reorganization can be optimal is very important.

Dr. Buchele will apply her understanding of group life and leadership in community organizations to the rebuilding process. The importance of naturally-occurring, task-oriented groups will be a focus, both in terms of the initial damage to them as well as ways they can be recreated or repaired to facilitate healing and minimize retraumatization.

She will discuss the impact on community leaders, especially exploring the internal responses they are likely to have as well as public perceptions, some of which can be puzzling and even troubling when they are heavily influenced by a variety of large group transferences. Time will be allotted for questions, answers and participant discussion.