Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm, ~ 6 CE Hrs
Alliant International University
One Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
It is becoming increasingly common that psychotherapists are treating clients with histories of “organized abuse” (Salter, 2012). “Organized abuse” occurs in families, pedophile networks, gangs, criminal organizations and various social institutions, such as, schools, churches, athletic teams, businesses, branches of the military and law enforcement.
There are several subcategories of organized abuse, e.g., sadistic, ritual, torture and murder. These forms of abuse are referred to by the Media and a number of citizen action groups to illustrate the dangers of false memories and to prevent moral panic and community hysteria.
Organized abuse often goes on for years without detection. This is largely due to the fact that the general public, in conjunction with the fields of Mental Health, Medicine, Social Work, Entertainment, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, continue to perpetuate versions of human beings and social life that do not include the fact that human beings regularly cooperate in kidnapping, abusing, torturing and murdering large numbers of children and disempowered adults.
This workshop provides participants with an overview of organized abuse, i.e., the types of abuse, perpetrators and organizations involved. It also looks at how social service agencies, educators, psychologists, social workers, family therapists and representatives of schools, government and Media continue to collude in denying the existence and prevalence of organized abuse. It will also address a number of treatment issues that are relatively unique to all victims of organized abuse
Additional topics will examine the overlap that exists between incest and organized abuse and the relationships that exist between gender, power, perpetration, maternal complicity, parental power and institutional corruption. This workshop will of considerable help to any professional that continues to work in the deep and complicated end of the trauma pool.
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Robert Grant PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has an international reputation in the area of psychological trauma. For over twenty years he has worked in more than 20 countries around the world and several disaster/war zones as a trauma consultant, educator, trainer and author. He is also one of the primary authors of the current Operational Trauma and Stress Protocol that the US Marine Corps currently uses worldwide. He is also author of Healing the Soul of the Church (Ministers Facing Their Histories of Abuse and Trauma) 1994, The Way of the Wound (A Spirituality of Trauma and Transformation) 1997, Living and Working in Environments of Violence (A Resource Manual for Humanitarian Workers) 2002, A Healing Response to Terrorism (A Handbook for Psychological and Spiritual First Responders) 2004, Vicarious Trauma (Handbook for Professionals Working with Victims of Trauma ) 2006, I Love a War Veteran (Handbook for Veterans, Professionals and Family Members Working with Victims of Combat Stress and Trauma) 2007, Complicated Trauma (A Practitioners Manual) 2009, The Challenge of Forgiveness (As Faced by Victims of Abuse and Betrayal) 2010, Anger, Healing and Forgiveness (6 hour CD) 2010 and Dissociation Handbook, 2013. He can be reached at email@example.com and some of his writings can be viewed at http://in-sigththerapy.blogspot.com/2013/06/trauma-and-spiritual-journey.html