APT Public Lecture: The Commodification of Trauma and Refugees. Dangers and Therapeutic Implications

Organised by:

West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy

15 June 2024

Time: 10:15 - 12:45

Price: £50.00 for WMIP members and £60.00 for non-WMIP members whether attending in-person or via Zoom


St Paul's Convent
94 Selly Park Road
Selly Park
United Kingdom
B29 7LL

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The proliferation of Severe Forms of Collective Adversity in our world today and the increasing forms of their media suggestive coverage have contributed to turning both trauma and refugees as forms of commodities, which are ‘traded’ in various ways. This commodification, although it is developed very subtly, it tends to have not so subtle effects, and the resulting multiple dangers are considerable. This presentation aims to analyse the complex contingencies that create these situations, and their detrimental impact across a wide range of spheres. Throughout, the focus will be on the therapeutic dimensions and not the socio-cultural ones. Specific themes that will be examined will be the construction of victim identities and the transformational potentialities of such adversities.

Renos Papadopoulos, PhD., is Professor and Director of the ‘Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees’ at the University of Essex; training and supervising Jungian psychoanalyst and family psychotherapist. As consultant to many 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 18 languages. The ‘International Association of Jungian Studies’ gave him the ‘C.G. Jung 2022 Award’ for life-time contribution to Jungian scholarship.

To book, email aptc@wmip.org



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