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Hedda Bolgar Series:Experiences of uprootedness in an unsafe world. Dogma and complexity. (Renos Papadopoulos, PhD)

  • 21 Oct 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom
  • 374


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Hedda Bolgar Series

Renos Papadopoulos, PhD

(London, England)

Friday, October 21, 2022

Experiences of uprootedness in an unsafe world. Dogma and complexity. 

7-9pm (CST): ZOOM

About the presentation: Inspired by and paraphrasing the titles of Hedda Bolger's conference (The Uprooted Mind: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Living in an Unsafe World)” and her lecture during that event (Dogma and Flexibility in Psychoanalytic Technique”), I explore the complexities of Involuntary Dislocation beyond the predominant 'dogma' or 'trauma discourse'. My central argument is that the complexities of the lived realities of involuntary dislocation are not perceptible through the lenses of the predominant paradigms that emphasise either 'trauma' or 'strengths'.  Instead, what is required is a sharper epistemological scrutiny to enable the discernment of the wide spectrum of consequences of being exposed to adversity, which include not only ‘trauma’ but also resilience as well as phenomena of ‘Adversity-Activated Development’. Attention is also given to various forms of victimization and inadvertently emerge in this type of work. 

Renos K. Papadopoulos, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Director of the ‘Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees’ and of the postgraduate programmes in ‘Refugee Care’, a member of the ‘Human Rights Centre’, at the University of Essex, as well as Honorary Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic. He is a practising Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist and Jungian Psychoanalyst who spent most of his professional life training and supervising specialists in these three spheres. As consultant to the UN and other organisations, he has been working with refugees, tortured persons, trafficked people, and other survivors of political violence and disasters in many countries. His writings have appeared in eighteen languages. Recently, he has been given Awards by the European Family Therapy Association (for Lifetime ‘Outstanding contribution to the field of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice’), by the University of Essex (for the best ‘International Research Impact’), by two Mexican Foundations (for his ‘exceptional work with vulnerable children and families in Mexico’), and by the International Association for Jungian Studies (for his lifetime contribution to Jungian studies). His last two books are on 'Moral Injury' and on 'Involuntary Dislocation'. In particular, the one on 'InvoluntaryDislocation' has been receiving remarkably positive reviews and hailed as a genuine milestone in the field, inaugurating a new paradigm. 

Learning Objectives 

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

1.Appreciate the importance of epistemological scrutiny in perceiving and processing the wide spectrum of involuntary dislocation experiences

2.Differentiate between the various forms of victimisation engendered in working with involuntarily dislocated people. 

This is an All Level Presentation


CCP members: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Students:free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.

Fellows: free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.
Non-CCP members, single admission: $50

Continuing Education
This program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation).

Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 2.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he/they should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by October 20, 2022 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Readings

Papadopoulos, R. K. (2002). Refugees, home and trauma. In Papadopoulos, R. K. (Ed.) Therapeutic Care for Refugees. No Place Like Home. London & New York: Routledge.

Papadopoulos, R.K. (2007). Refugees, Trauma and Adversity-Activated Development. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 9 (3), 301-312. 

Papadopoulos, R.K. (2018a). Trauma and Umwelt. An Archetypal Framework for Humanitarian Interventions. In Maercker, A., Heim, E. & Kirmayer, L.J.(Eds.) Cultural Clinical Psychology and PTSD. Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Papadopoulos R.K. (2018b). Home: Paradoxes, complexities, and vital dynamism. In Bahun, S., & Petrić, B. (Eds.) Thinking Home: Interdisciplinary Dialogues. London: Bloomsbury.

Papadopoulos R.K. (2020). The traumatising discourse of trauma and moral injury: distress and renewal. In Papadopoulos, R.K. (Ed). Moral Injury and Beyond. Understanding Human Anguish and Healing Traumatic Wounds. London and New York: Routledge. 

Papadopoulos R.K. (2021a). Involuntary Dislocation: Home, Trauma, Resilience and Adversity-Activated Development. London & New York: Routledge.

Papadopoulos R.K. (2021b). Families migrating together. In Bhugra, D. (Ed.) The Oxford Textbook of Migrant Psychiatry. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Papadopoulos, R.K. (in press). Therapeutic Complexity. In Maloney, C., Nelki, J. and Summers, A. (Eds.) Seeking Asylum and Mental Health. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Alan Levy, PhD.

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