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Anthony J. Korner, Ph.D.; M.Med (psychotherapy); MBBS(Hons) FRANZCP

Acting Director, University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School; Western Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, Australia



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040.2 – Complex Trauma in the 21st Century: a Conversational Model perspective

Symposium Paper 2: Relational Complexity in the 21st Century

Sunday, November 29

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Room: Ballroom 1 & 2

Speaker(s):

Anthony J. Korner, Ph.D.; M.Med (psychotherapy); MBBS(Hons) FRANZCP

Acting Director, University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School; Western Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, Australia

As the world becomes ever more complex in the information age, an increasing number of individuals develop in the context of multiple ideologies and influences, within institutional structures often embedded in traditions that struggle to adapt to the pace of change. Individual efforts at survival in this milieu aren’t always orientated to social cooperation. Structures that emphasize individual competition, achievement and financial provision, run the risk of proving traumatic and alienating for many. A robust self is a complex coordination, depending on connection with others and the opportunity for affective and communicative exchange, as well as development of the capacity to think reflectively and represent (one’s) self within the broader community. When traumatic conditions apply in development, there is often a failure to achieve this level of functioning. While specific traumatic events may be extremely destructive, resulting in “broken selves”, it is often ongoing traumatic relational circumstances that have the most profound effect in terms of selves that fail to develop the level of coordination required to thrive in a complex world.