8th International Psychological Trauma Meetings will take place in Istanbul on 5-7 December
2014 in Istanbul.
We are going through the years that wars and conflicts tires and wears the country and
the people of the region. Conflicts, disappearances, deaths, migrations are events that
negatively affect mental health. The common features of these events occur deliberately
at the hands of human beings and are spread over a long period of time. It’s known that
long-term social traumas affect the community mental health adversely. Many problems
associated with traumatic stress may appear and continue.
Our country and our region unfortunately is located in a area that many of long term
traumas has been experienced. These persistent problems and their effects seem to
continue for years. The efforts of capacity building for mental health and human rights
workers are required in order to reduce the harmful effects of these traumatic events. We
need to increase our knowledge and experience together with different disciplines and
fields of expertise as mental health and human rights workers.
Trauma meetings aim to provide us such an added value with the participation of different
disciplines with different topics.
We aimed to discuss the war, violence, consequences and causes with various aspects within
the framework of this enrichment. We tried to emphasize resolution methods. Besides
social resolutions and community mental health interventions, individual approaches to
mental health problems is a main topic. We have designed to share all developments from
psychotherapy to biological treatment within a rich frame.
On one hand, we are going through a period during which intensified clashes, increasingly
important internal and external migration movements occur, while some provinces
experience changes of social structure which might increase alienation and discrimination.
Women, children and aged people are also known to be more vulnerable in this context.
International Psychological Trauma meetings will allow us to discuss different aspects of the
war, conflict, including the refugee.
It is clear that our participation and contribution being aware of the importance of sharing
information and experiences will provide real benefits for the people and communities in
difficult situations. We would like to invite you to contribute the meetings in order to create
a significant enrichment.