16. Oktober 2013 - 19. Oktober 2013

Transgenerational Trauma: Communal Wounds and Victim Identities


October 16-19, 2013 ~ Amman, Jordan

As communal trauma is mounting across the Middle East and world, the need for concerted action to address this common issue is increasingly critical. For those interested in lending their voices and experience to a global effort for developing ways to understand, alleviate, and prevent this toxic process, we invite you to join us.


Held in conjunction with: 
> Global Network for the Study of Transgenerational Trauma
- a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary professional network engaged in the study of inherited, unresolved communal trauma, and the implications for violence and war within and between communities
> Social Health Care (SHC) training and treatment program* - a model for building local capacity for healing massive communal trauma by instilling the means for healing in the local population itself.

Sponsored by:
  Common Bond Institute (US)
Co-Sponsored by:
  International Humanistic Psychology Association, and
  International Federation of Medical Students' Associations-Jordan
Official Partner:
  Charter For Compassion
 & Parliament of World's Religions
Endorsed and Supported by:
  over 100 professional associations, universities,
  and organizations internationally

Keynotes by: Patch Adams and Stanley Krippner

~ Call For Proposals Is Still Open ~

JOIN US for a 4 day program:
A Sharing of Skills - Learning and adapting proven skills for healing trauma at the individual and communal level.
A Search for New Models and Methodologies - Developing new models and methods at the societal level for healing and preventing communal trauma and it's transfer into future generations. As one example, included will be a presentation of the Social Health Care (SHC) Training and Treatment program, a recently launched local capacity building program for healing trauma at the societal level through training hundreds of students, refugees, and NGO staff in proven trauma related skills that are culturally adapted and integrated with traditional healing practices to serve refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria.
A Focused Dialogue and Deliberation - Defining and addressing the dynamics of inherited, unresolved communal trauma from one generation to the next, including historical understandings, the development and perpetuation of communal victim identities, exclusive cultural membership and rites of belonging, and implications for present and future relations between communities - particularly war and violence.

Transgenerational trauma is seen as an underlying and potent fuel for the eruption of violence in the past, present, and future. Understanding it's dynamics and implications, and developing ways to effectively treat it, are essential to healing and reconciliation within and between communities, establishing compassionate local and global relations, and achieving sustainable peace.

Format and Content:
Keynote Speakers - Skills Workshops - Topical Panels and Roundtables - Break-out Sessions of Research, Theory, and Practical Presentations - Presentation of Social Health Care training and treatment program - Daily Facilitated Dialogue and Action Planning Groups - Live 2-Way Global Links to Other Countries - All-conference Experiences - On-site Blogging - Rich Networking and Cooperation on Practical Applications - Multi-disciplinary, Multi-cultural Learning Community - Social-Cultural Events and Performances - In-process Artistic Expressions of the Conference - Artistic and Organizational Displays

Conference Languages: English and Arabic

LOCATION:   Amman, Jordan
SCHEDULE: 4-Day Conference Program
Wednesday night opening to Saturday closing
                            Followed by Saturday night Farewell Dinner Party

Registration Opens August 23

For DETAILS on Proposals, Program, Registration, Accommodations, & Travel visit our website or CONTACT:

Common Bond Institute
   Details at
   Steve Olweean, Conference Coordinator
   12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, MI 49034 USA 
   Ph/Fax: 269-665-9393 Email:
* More on the Social Health Care (SHC) training and treatment program at: