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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Book Fare - Living Beyond Terrorism: Israeli Stories of Hope and Healing

Sunday, October 5, 2014
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Selected readings and discussion of a new book: Living Beyond Terrorism: Israeli Stories of Hope and Healing by Zieva Dauber Konvisser, Ph.D. Fellow, Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding Graduate University

“So many Israeli lives have been taken by terrorism and so many families shattered. This book tells a different story: the determination and will of Israelis to rebuild and, indeed, to triumph over the terrorists, a victory of the human spirit.”
-- Daniel Kurtzer, Princeton University, Former United States Ambassador to Israel and Egypt

“….this book is the key to unlock the inspiring complexities of the little understood phenomenon of post-traumatic growth. The powerful stories of healing and hope in this volume are a reflection of how remarkable the human spirit is. This book is a must read for anyone facing the darkness of tragedy.”
-- Eli Somer, PhD. Clinical Professor of Psychology, University of Haifa; Past President of International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

No one can forget the devastating aftermath of a suicide bomber detonating in a crowded bus or cafe. But what happens to the survivors of such indiscriminate and horrific attacks? Will the physical and emotional scars overwhelm them, or will they be able to transcend the traumatic experience and lead healthy and fulfilling lives? Many of those who survive are able to grow and thrive, as described in Living Beyond Terrorism. This book shares compelling stories of hope and healing, as told by ordinary people who suddenly became the innocent victims of indiscriminate terrorist attacks in Israel, primarily between 2000 and 2006. Forty-eight survivors, their relatives and the families of the bereaved discuss their remarkable life journeys – from terrorism to hope and optimism and from grief to meaning and healing; they speak not just of moving on with life as usual, but of moving forward with new vitality, purpose and productivity, contributing to society while turning tragedy into action. They bear witness to their experiences in order to make sense of them as best as they can and to help others. The powerful stories in Living Beyond Terrorism are testimony to their inner strength and determination - a victory of the human spirit - and inspire each of us as we meet the challenges in our lives.

About the Author/Presenter: Zieva Konvisser, Ph.D., is a Fellow of the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University. Her research focuses on the human impact of traumatic events, such as terrorism, genocide, war, and wrongful conviction. She served on the National Commission on American Jewish Women and is currently on the international board of the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma. She is a former board member of The Association for Psychoanalytic Thought.

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: All of us struggle with life’s challenges that may overwhelm the ordinary systems of care that give us a sense of control, connection, and meaning. By listening to the stories – the oral histories, testimonies, or case studies – of survivors of terrorism, their families, and the families of the bereaved and the qualities that have helped these people survive and thrive, we can think about how they may enhance or detract from our own ability to experience positive psychological changes or even to grow and thrive, find new meaning in the way we respond, and perhaps find the strength to be able to use the trauma itself to advance our own healing process and find new enrichment.

Objectives: At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize the wide range of psychological responses to trauma and improve our understanding of posttraumatic growth that can occur paradoxically alongside of persisting negative sequelae of trauma.
2. Discuss the qualities and strategies that have helped people live productively with the devastating impact of the trauma of terrorism and how this might apply to other traumatic events.
3. Describe such positive changes in the context of both psychoanalytic and existential theories.

General Public $15
APT Members $10
Students $5

One CME/CE Credit Hour

For additional information, contact: Zieva Konvisser, Ph.D.