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Assessment and treatment principles for survivors of childhood trauma: Clinical psychology and art therapy perspectives

Date: 13-14 October 2017, from 10 am to 5 pm every day

Location: Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Education and Psychology (ELTE PPK)  46 Izabella street, 1064 Budapest  - Room 301

Registration (open until 30 June 2017): 

https://elteppk.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3KK4AGJWOlV03Jz

Registration fee: 60 EUR

Organized by Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Education and Psychology and the Pro Psychologia Foundation

Liora Somer is a professional trainer and lecturer at the Treatment Center for Sexually Abused Women, Bnai Zion Medical Center, Haifa, Israel and an active mixed media artist. She is a psychotherapist and an Israel Ministry of Health Certified Expressive and Creative Arts Therapist specializing in the treatment of trauma survivors. Liora graduated from the departments of Psychology and Special Education at the University of Haifa (1980).  She is diplomate in Expressive Arts Therapy (Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI, USA,1986) and holds a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy (Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US, 1988) and diplomate of the School of Integrative Psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy track (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 2004). She is former clinical supervisor of Graduate Art Therapy students at the University of Haifa. In 2009 she was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). For the last 10 years, she had served as the chairperson of Trauma and Dissociation Israel (TDIL). Liora Somer has presented and taught on trauma and art therapy in numerous international conferences and workshops.

            Eli Somer, a clinical psychologist, is full clinical professor of psychology at the University of Haifa School of Social Work. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology and anthropology and his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Haifa (1975, 1980). His doctoral degree is in Counseling Psychology (University of Florida, 1985).  Somer is the founder and Scientific Advisor of Trauma and Dissociation Israel (TDIL), co-founder and past president of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Somer is the ISSTD recipient of the Cornelia Wilbur Award (2000) for his outstanding clinical contributions to the treatment of dissociative disorders and the recipient of ISSTD's Fellow status (2001) for his outstanding contributions to the field of dissociative disorders. In 2014 Somer received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ISSTD. He has been treating survivors of trauma for over 30 years, first as Mental Health Officer in the Israel Defense Forces and later as civilian clinician for survivors of prolonged childhood trauma.  Somer has published over 100 scientific publications in this field.

            Liora and Eli Somer are currently conducting research on a pathological form of dissociative absorption called Maladaptive Daydreaming and two of their research articles on this unknown phenomenon have been recently published:

Somer, E. Somer, L. & Jopp, S.D. (2016). Childhood Antecedents and Maintaining Factors in Maladaptive Daydreaming. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204(6), 471-478. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000507

Somer, E. Somer, L. & Jopp, S.D. (2016). Parallel Lives: A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experience of Maladaptive Daydreaming. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation doi: 10.1080/15299732.2016.1160463 


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