HRFT Psychological Trauma Symposium – The Child in Trauma, October 26-27, 2019


Human Rights Foundation of Turkey

Psychological Trauma Symposium

The Child in Trauma

October 26-27, 2019

 Cezayir Rooms, Beyoğlu

The Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) struggles to put an end to torture and severe human rights violations, and carries out work that aims to contribute to the individual and social reparation processes from the impact of such experiences. Torture and severe human rights violations that consist of different forms of social violence (discrimination, sexual violence, child abuse, migration and forced migration, etc.) leave significant traces and effects on the individual psyche; different groups and generations are contaminatedwith these traces and effects, and therefore the whole social psyche is permeatedwith them either directly or vicariously.

In this regard, besides the individual treatments for social violence, we believe that creating common spaces to share the effects of individual and social trauma, and mentalizing gained experiences have a healing quality that is important.

In order to construct such a space, we are organising the HRFT Psychological Trauma Symposiumin Istanbul between 26-27 September, 2019. This year’s symposium main theme will be The Child in Trauma, and we will be dealing with the different forms of social violence and their psychological consequences, how to work with these consequences, and the ways to contribute to individual and social reparation processes –especially focusing on children and chilhood. In an area where social violence and traumatic experiences are ceaseless, children relate to the world and the society in their own ways; they develop, grow, and form their psychic capacities within these ways of relating. Dealing with the child in trauma brings forth important discussions on children, childhood, and thus the intergenerational and transgenerational transmission of social trauma and violence.

The symposium will host clinicians and scientists from Turkey and abroad, and include various workshops that will examine in-depth different psychotherapy orientations and social work approaches for specific situations. We welcome everyone with an interest in the subject, especially clinicians and juniour collegues who work in public institutions and NGO’s, and have contact with children effected from social trauma. 

Registration Information: This event is free of charge. Pre-registration is required for participation. For registration, please send an e-mail to the following address declaring your professional status:



Saturday, 26 October

08.30-09.00 Registration

09.00-9.30 Opening Speech

09.30-11.30 Keynote Paper

Liselotte Grünbaum Thinking About Psychodynamic Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy in a Family Context of Complex Trauma

Moderator Perge Akgün

11.30-12.00 Break

12.00-13.30 Double Conference

Expressions of Traumatic Effects in Varying Milieus and Situations

Sezai Halifeoğlu Education as Trauma

Elif Akdağ Göçek Migration and School

Moderator İlker Özyıldırım

13.30-14.30 Lunch Break

14.30-17.00 Case Presentation

Presenter Deniz Akyıl

Discussant Liselotte Grünbaum

Moderator Şebnem Kuşçu Orhan

17.30-19.00 Forum

Psychosocial Solidarity: Past and Future

Moderators Baran Gürsel – Didem Doğan


Sunday, 27 October  

09.30-11.00 Workshop

Liselotte Grünbaum Qualitative Case Documentation – Core Themes, Turning Points and Change.

Moderator Pınar Önen

11.00-11.30 Break

11.30-13.00 Panel

Social Trauma, Social Memory and Reparation

Tanıl Bora Social Trauma, Remembering and Forgetting

Şebnem Korur Fincancı The Struggle for Rights and Reparation

Moderator Türkcan Baykal

13.00-14.00 Lunch Break

14.00-17.30 Working Groups

Room A

Funda Akkapulu Psychoanalytic Clinical Work With Traumatised Children and Their Families

Case Presentation Rozerin Yıldırım

Moderator Tuğba Kocaefe

Room B

Dilek Karabenk Childhood, The Concept of Abuse, and Social Work in Institutional Care

Suzan Oktay Erol Children at the ‘in-between’: Social Work with Refugee Children

Moderator Neşe Şahin Taşğın

Room C

Ezgi İçöz Özgür Expressionist Art Therapy and Its Role In Psychosocial Support

Moderator Banu Aslantaş Ertekin

17.30-18.00 Closing Speech


(There will be consecutive interpretation to Turkish for the sessions where presentations are made in English. The case presentation, workshop, and working groups are for clinicians only.)