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INVITATION LETTER

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.

International Psychological 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.

Sincerely,

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE