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September 2020      

17. - 19.

11th Annual Zurich Traumadays

Dignity And The Wounding Of The Soul

Prof. Dr. med. Gerald Hüther (DE), Dr. Peter A. Levine (USA)



Peter A. Levine, PhD

Chronic shame is one of the most corrosive emotions that people experience. It is like cancer. First there is a “tumor”--- perhaps it comes, initially, from a severe scolding by a parent or teacher, along with a breaking of connection and a rupture of trust. The shame then “metastasizes” and spreads, affecting the entire organism, collapsing the body, polluting the spirit, and undermining our basic sense of wellbeing and worthiness.  
Shame is associated with a very specific body posture and autonomic pattern. It is a pattern which is similar to those we see in trauma, including hyper-arousal, hypo-arousal and shutdown. The opposite body experience of shame is the direct experience of the somatic/autonomic posture of dignity and pride. It is physiologically impossible to experience shame while one has a rooted and embodied sense of an inner sense of dignity (and also pride). Utilizing this dynamic relationship, within the context of a therapeutic alliance, shame can be transformed to a core sense of self-respect and self-compassion. This integrative process is essential for promoting overall health and a renewed sense of dignity and self-hood. 

Prof. Dr. Gerald Hüther

Prof. Dr. Gerald Hüther

Course language: English and German with translation into both languages

Cost: CHF 830.--

Dates, times and place:
September 17 - 19, 2020 (Thursday - Saturday)
Working hours: 10 am - 1 pm and 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm
Location: Johanneum, Aemtlerstrasse 43 a, 8003 Zürich

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Teacher: Prof. Dr. med. Gerald Hüther (DE), Dr. Peter A. Levine (USA)

Gerald Hüther, Doctor of Natural Sciences, MD, neurobiologist. Member of the Executive Board of the Akademie für Potentialentfaltung (Academy for the Unfolding of Human Potential). Gerald Hüther is one of the best known brain researchers in Germany. In practical terms, his main focus is on research related to neurobiological prevention research in the context of various initiatives and projects. The author of several non-fiction books, he gives lectures, organizes conferences, works as an advisor to politicians and entrepreneurs and is is a frequent guest on radio and TV shows. This way, he is a knowledge mediator and implementer in one person.
Dr. Gerald Hüther completed his studies and research in Leipzig and Jena, followed by research at the Max-Planck-Institute for experimental Medicine in Göttingen since 1979. He was awarded a Heisenberg scholarship of the German Research Foundation and held a position as a Professor for Neurobiology at the University of Göttingen from 2004 to 2016. From 1994 to 2006, he headed a research department at the Psychiatric Hospital in Göttingen which had been established by himself. Between 2006 and 2016, his focus was on the dissemination of research results related to neurobiological prevention research. In 2015, he founded and began to manage the Akademie für Potentialentfaltung.
His public relations work aims at disseminating and implementing scientific findings from modern brain research. He views himself as someone helping to bridge the gap between scientific findings on one hand and their practical implications for the everyday life of our society and of its individual citizens on the other. All his activities strive to help create more favorable conditions for the unfolding of human potential.

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Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. (USA) is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing® and the President of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. He holds doctorate degrees in both Medical Biophysics and Psychology. During his forty plus year study of stress and trauma, Dr. Levine has contributed to a variety of scientific, medical, and popular publications. His best selling book, Waking the Tiger; Healing Trauma, is available in 24 languages. He is author of "It Won't Hurt Forever", a guide to the prevention and healing of trauma with children. Together with Maggie Kline he published: "Trauma-Proofing your Kids", a parents' guide to instilling confidence, joy and resillience. The culmination of his life's work you find in "In An Unspoken Language", where he explains the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and psyche. His latest book "Trauma and Memory" tackles the most difficult and controversial question whether we can trust our memories or not. Peter was a consultant for NASA during the development of the Space Shuttle, and has taught at hospitals and pain clinics in both Europe and the U.S., as well as at the Hopi Guidance Center in Arizona.

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