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Brendan McPhillips, MBBS; Master of Medicine (Psychotherapy); Diploma of Psychotherapy (ANZAP)

GP/Psychotherapist, ANZAP, Ultimo, Nsw, Australia



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046 – The Disasters of War

Paper Session 2, #4 - The Disasters of War

Sunday, November 29

2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Room: Heritage Ballroom

Primary Presenter(s):

Brendan McPhillips, MBBS; Master of Medicine (Psychotherapy); Diploma of Psychotherapy (ANZAP)

GP/Psychotherapist, ANZAP, Ultimo, Nsw, Australia

In the early 1800s the Spanish artist, Goya, was present during the conflict between Napoleon and the Spanish partisans. He documented what he saw in a series of etchings called The Disasters of War. These are profoundly moving and profoundly horrifying images. As therapists we must sit, often for long periods of time, with people who have been subjected to unimaginable levels of terror and trauma. It is our work to help them bring these experiences into imagination and to sit with them as they process the overwhelming emotions. This talk, using Goya's pictures, will look at the transformation of trauma by being able to face the actual reality of what occurred. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of Goya's Disasters of War in the nature of trauma
  • Understand how image can be central to the resolution of trauma
  • Understand the connection between image and emotion