“Addressing consequences of Political Violence” - was hosted by ILia State University on October 13 and 14 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The workshop was the first of several events that will be held across Europe to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT): https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/zept20/current. The EJPT was established as an open access journal to support research into psychotraumatology and today is one of the leading journals within the field of trauma.
The workshop was opened by the President of ESTSS Prof. Jana Javakhishvili. This was followed by the round of presentations by Prof. Miranda Olff (Editor-in-chief of the EJPT, Netherlands) and then several members of the ESTSS board: Prof. Ingo Schäfer (University of Hamburg, Germany), Dr. Dominic Murphy (Kings College London, UK), Prof. Evaldas Kazlauskas (University of Vilnius, Lithuania) and Dr. Gavin Rees (Director of the European branch of the Dart Center of Journalism and Trauma). The presenters shared the newest research data and the best clinical experiences on such topics, as trauma and SUD co-morbidity, veterans’ trauma, intergenerational transmission of trauma among family members of victims of political repressions, online harassment of journalists and open access publishing. On the second day of the event Prof. Rita Rosner (The Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany) delivered a full day workshop on how to address trauma among children & adolescents.
The two-day workshop was well attended by the local community of mental health professionals from the Georgian Society of Psychotrauma, as well as the international participants from Australia, Iran, Turkey and Ukraine. The workshop created an excellent platform for the professional exchange, capacity building and the opportunity to learn about and enjoy Georgian culture.
Continuing the EJPT 10th Anniversary celebration
Following on from the success of the first event, the ESTSS have planned two more workshops. The ESTSS Spring Workshop 2019 will take place in Belfast, UK on the impact of childhood adversity on the 21st May, 2019 and then the ESTSS Autumn workshop 2020 will take place in Coimbra, Portugal on September 24-26, 2019. The both events will be widely advertised on the ESTSS website and we would like to strongly encourage our members to participate in these exciting events and enjoy professional and cultural exchange.