IDI President Dr. M. Gerard Fromm will be one of the plenary speakers at the upcoming conference “Listening to Trauma: Insights and Actions” at George Washington University in Washington D.C. on October 20-22, 2016.
Dr. Fromm’s presentation reports on the themes and process of a conference organized through the Erikson Institute at the Austen Riggs Center in 2012. The title of the conference was “The Legacy of Perpetrator Trauma in Groups and Families” as experienced by descendants of Nazis, people who themselves were not guilty in deed but were inevitably caught up in powerful feelings of guilt, shame and horror by association. The presentation examines the nature of the transmission of this trauma, the forms it took and some of the group dynamics that played out in relation to it. It also explores dream processes in the context of massive social trauma, through a remarkable dream journal from the 1930’s.
Interested readers may learn more about this conference by clicking here or reviewing the attached conference flyer.