September 20, 2017
11:00 am to 12:30 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
About the Session:
The multi-faceted atrocities of genocide, war, and torture may traumatize an entire population– a complication named collective trauma, which delivers a strike to the fibres of community life and destroys the bonds that bind a community. There are many examples of collective traumas in our modern times from the Holocaust, to the Syrian genocide. Collective trauma has the capacity to transfer through generations and become a tragic and accumulative phenomenon within a particular community. In this way, it can become a chronic and endemic condition, which can play a key role in group identity formation. Treatment of collective trauma is particularly difficult and complex due to its intergenerational nature. Treatment only becomes a viable option once the root causes of the trauma have been addressed and removed. Collective trauma can be alleviated through cohesive community efforts such as constant community support, recognition, remembrance, solidarity, holistic communal therapy, and massive cooperation.
Ezat Mossallanejad works at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture as a Settlement/Trauma Counsellor and Policy Analyst. He has lectured on torture and trauma in and outside Canada. He has taught at Seneca College. He is the author of books such as Torture in the Age of Fear and Religions and the Cruel Return of Gods.
Understanding Trauma and Recovery Process of Survivors of Torture and War
About the Session:
In 1986 the United Nations Nansen Award was awarded to the people of Canada for their ongoing and essential contribution to the plight of refugees (UNHCR). 30 years later, Canada continues to prove to the world that diversity is our strength by recently receiving over 30,000 displaced persons in response to the Syrian crisis. While Canada is to be commended for this great leadership, successful integration of displaced persons is not an individual but a social issue that requires moving beyond prominent narratives of citizenship and re-examining our definition of sense of belonging. This presentation will draw upon Canadian Centre For Victims of Torture’s mentorship program as a promising practice in promoting the coping capacity of youth survivors, social citizenship and mental health wellbeing of clients.
Mbalu Lumor has an Honours BA degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto. She has been working with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) for over a decade as a children/youth Trauma counselor and currently manages the Community Engagement program at CCVT. She is passionate about social justice, public education and human rights.