When The Bough Breaks: Perspectives On Trauma From Psychoanalysis, Attachment Theory, And Psychobiology

October 29, 2001

WHAT: On Sept. 11, the world changed forever. In the wake of the heinous terrorist attacks on America, parents and caretakers have been left wondering how to understand and minimize the trauma and confusion of our children in this extraordinarily uncertain time. Fortunately, psychoanalysts, attachment theorists, and psychobiologists are in a unique position to increase our understanding of the impact of these and other traumatic events on children’s growing minds and brains. Assuming a leadership role at the forefront of recovery efforts, Columbia University is bringing together its finest scholars, clinicians, researchers, and collaborators in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and developmental psychobiology for a day-long forum and seminar on youngsters and trauma—emphasizing and discussing the most complex psychological issues and considerations facing parents, educators, caregivers, and public health officials in the aftermath of Sept. 11. Topics will include familial communication of violent trauma to young children, preventive intervention in early childhood, and parental influence on brain chemistry and structure.

WHEN & Saturday, November 3, 2001, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Miller Theater, Columbia University, Morningside campus West 116th Street and Broadway Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

WHO: Speakers will include a number of noteworthy guest lecturers, plus faculty from several Columbia-affiliated institutions, including the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology. In addition, Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, will lead an afternoon panel discussion on the implications of early trauma intervention for public health policy.

RSVP: For more information or to reserve a place at the seminar, contact Joan Jackson at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, at 212-927-5000.

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CEO, Columbia University, Herbert Pardes, Mailman School