90 Minute Workshop

The Changing Faces of Trauma Memory

Saturday, March 24
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Salon 10

Tostart with, the attachment and interactive premises of the SPIM 30 treatment model for long-term dissociative mental trauma disorders are to be briefly outlined. Man-made violent trauma often results in complicated forms of subjective memory. The early attachment to perpetrator figures, problems with peri traumatic dissociation and fragmentation, psychodynamic defense mechanisms in the trauma victim, to name but a few things, make remembering a highly sensitive interpersonal treatment process, which needs to be guided by an expert and qualified hand. To that end, a qualitative study will be presented on the gradually altering and opening trauma mind. This will enable new hypotheses and frameworks for professional work with violently traumatized people. The results will provide clinicians with suggestions how, for example, factual, symbolic and atmospheric data change as part of the memory flow. We found out that our dissociative patients are inhabited by destructive mechanisms indicating the presence of perpetrator introjects. These insights will also help refute the unscientific assumptions of the False Memory Foundation. 

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Ralf Vogt

Chair of the Trauma-Institute-Leipzig
Leipzig, Sachsen

Dr. DP. Ralf Vogt is a psychotraumatologist, trauma therapist, psychoanalyst, family therapist, analytical body psychotherapist, training analyst and supervisor. He holds a joint private practice where he has been working with adults as well as children and adolescents, both in individual and group therapy for more than 23 years.
He is a specialist in the treatment of complex dissociative trauma disorders. Together with his wife, he founded the Trauma Institute Leipzig in 2002. He began to develop the SPIM Model for dissociative trauma disorders in 2000 and has updated it ever since, continuously integrating new theoretical and methodological aspects (current version SPIM 30). He and his wife also work as trainers of the SPIM therapy model in English-, Russian- and German-speaking countries.

Fellow and past board member of ISSTD. Member of various societies in the field: ESTD, DeGPT, EABP, DGK.


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