Under the auspices of the European Commission
The Assistance Center for Torture Survivors (ACET)
International Conferences "Political Persecution in Different Context – What are the Psychological Consequences for the Subject and Next
May 28 - 29, 2009 in Sofia, Bulgaria
Venue: Best Western City Hotel, 6 Stara Planina Str., Sofia
Working languages: English and Bulgarian (a simultaneous translation will be provided)
The programme of the Conference includes presentations of speakers from 5 countries – Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and the South Africa.
The themes of the conference cover the following fields:
• Political Persecution, State Terror, Apartheid
• Influence of trauma and its psychological consequences on next generations
• Assessment and evaluation of mental health services
The Conference will be held with the participations of the following organizations:
Albanian Rehabilitation Center for Trauma and Torture Victims (ARCT), Albania
ARCT is the only rehabilitation centre providing cares for victims of the past totalitarian regime in Albania. Primary objectives of ARCT is to offer medical, psychosocial, legal and social assistance to victims of torture and their families and to raise public awareness about the consequences of torture and its impact on society.
Argentine Team of Psycho-Social Work and Research / Equipo Argentino de Trabajo e Investigacion Psicosocial (EATIP)
EATIP is association of psychologists and psychiatrists that provides free psycho-therapeutic treatment to those affected by human rights violations.
Guest speakers from EATIP Argentina will be:
- Diana Ruth Kordon – psychiatrist and psychotherapist, PhD. in Psychology and Ethics in the University of Buenos Aires. She is an author and co-author of articles in national and international books and magazines.
- Dario Lagos – psychiatrist, co-founder and member of the Council of IRCT (The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims) from 1986 to 1993.
Diana Kordon and Dario Lagos are co-authors of number of publications such as ‘Psychological Effects of Political repression’, ‘Impunity – psychological and clinical perspective’, ‘Psychological and psycho-social effects of repression and impunity. From the dictatorship till nowadays’.
Foundation Centrum’45, the Netherlands
Centrum’45 is the Dutch national expert centre for specialised psychological and psychiatric treatment to victims of torture, persecution and other forms of organized violence. Centrum’45 aims to broaden the knowledge of the effects of traumatic events and the expertise in trauma treatment by research and education in the field of psychotraumatology.
The clients of Centrum’45 come from very diverse backgrounds. They vary from World War II victims to veterans, refugees, asylum seekers and also include people who were traumatized whilst carrying out their profession.
Trauma Center of Survivors of Violence and Torture (TCSVT), South Africa
TCSVT provides informed, accessible, preventive and curative mental health services to individuals, communities and systems affected by violence. The centre also raises awareness with regard to torture and human rights abuses. The clients of the organization include ex-political prisoners from the Apartheid Era, ex-combatants, returned exiles and their families, as well as refugees and asylum seekers.
Guest speakers from TCSVT, South Africa will be Miriam Fredericks (Political Violence Coordinator) and Carmen Lo-Shang (Psychologist: Trauma Response)
The team of ACET is going to present the professional experience of ACET in the Rehabilitation programme. Speakers on behalf of ACET will be: Mimoza Dimitrova (psychologist, psychotherapist), Dr. Evgeni Genchev (psychotherapist), Diana Tsirkova (psychologist, children psychotherapist), Veselka Hristova (psychiatrist, psychotherapist), Kristina Gologanova (social worker), Svetozar Dimitrov (psychologist), Konstantin Banderov (group therapist), Kalina Yordanova (psychologist), Vanya Dimitrova (social worker).