Renos K. Papadopoulos, PhD is Professor of Analytical Psychology, Director of the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees, and member of the Human Rights Centre and Transitional Justice Network, all at the University of Essex. He is also Honorary Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic; training and supervising Jungian psychoanalyst and systemic family psychotherapist in private practice. As consultant to the United Nations and other organizations, he has been working with refugees, tortured persons and other survivors of political violence and disasters in many countries. He is the founder and director of the MA/PhD in Refugee Care that is offered jointly by the University of Essex and the Tavistock Clinic. He lectures and offers specialist trainings internationally and his writings have been published in 14 languages.
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WORKSHOP: Working in synergy with survivors of different adversities: trauma, resilience and Adversity-Activated Development
This workshop will familiarise participants with the basic theory and practice of the Synergic Approach to working with adversity survivors. This is based on the Adversity (Trauma) Grid' devised by Papadopoulos (2004, 2007, 2009). It will enable them to discuss its relevance and applications in their own work contexts. Emphasising the importance of approaching adversity survivors in their complexity, uniqueness and totality, the Grid enables us to appreciate that in addition to all the traumatising effects they experience, such survivors also retain some existing strengths (despite the adversity) as well as developing new, positive and transformative responses as a direct result of their exposure to the same adversity. This approach helps us perceive these persons in their complexity and not simply only as caricatures of trauma. Therefore, this approach, enables us to differentiate the wide range of responses to adversity, and it counteracts the tendency to focus exclusively on the negative ones (e.g. PTSD). Once firmly established on this perspective, we are then able to work in synergy with them, i.e. also collaborating with their retained and new strengths.