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  • Academic Joint Research Seminar

    Trauma and Resilience:
    Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012
    8:30 PM

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute continues its popular Academic Joint Research Seminar and is pleased to present Dr. Roberto Ravera who will present his research on “Trauma and Resilience: Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone.”

    The mechanism of embodied emotion occurs through mirror neurons, which have an implicit role in emotion recognition, as indicated by Rizzolatti and Gallese. Based on research with former child soldiers and juvenile inmates in Sierra Leone, Ravera and colleagues conclude that trauma related to experiences of war, violence and abandonment create a profound alteration in the mechanisms of emotion recognition and mirroring. Dr. Ravera will present narrative, clinical, and physiological data comparing these traumatized youth with control subjects.

    Students, academics and clinical professionals in the analytic community are encouraged to attend. Members of the general public are also welcome.

    $ 10 Donation

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Roberto Ravera is Director of the Psychology Department at the Hospital of San Remo and the Hospital of Imperia. He is Professor in Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology at the University of Genoa and a Professor at the School of Cognitive Psychotherapy at the University of Turin and Genoa. Since 2006, he has also been the Director of the Mental Health Project for Child Soldiers and Children in Sierra Leone, developing treatment and research in the areas of trauma, attachment and resilience.

    The Discussant for the evening will be Nathan Szajnberg, MD, the Wallerstein Research Fellow in Psychoanalysis; Visiting Professor, Columbia University; Training Analyst, Israel Psychoanalytic Society; and Faculty at NYPSI. He is also the author of the forthcoming Sheba and Solomon’s Return: Ethiopian Children in Israel.

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guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •