With the global increase in terrorism this conference takes place to try and understand the motivation for this social violence and explore the social and psychological factors that contribute to it. Speakers with a wide range of expertise on this subject include subject:
Professor Scott Atran
International cognitive anthropologist who has interviewed militants and jihadis all over the world and briefed governments on why people kill and die for a cause. He is anthropologist at France’s National Center for Scientific Research and the University of Michigan. He is a founding fellow of the Centre for Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Harris Manchester College and Department of Politics and International Relations University of Oxford and also Director of Research at ARTIS International, a scientific research group dedicated to improving understandings of violence and conflict through field-based research. He has briefed NATO, the US Senate, UN security Council and EU governments on problems of, and solutions by, youth in relation to violent extremism. He is author of Talking to the Enemy and In Gods We Trust.
CEO of the Active Change Foundation, a London organisation which helps prevent young people from becoming radicalised. He joined Al Qaeda in Afghanistan in 2002 after Bush declared “war on terror” but left when he saw the crimes being committed against civilians. He returned to the UK and vowed to safeguard young people from losing their lives. He works closely with governmental institutions, most of the UK’s Police Authorities, as well as research academics across the globe. While encouraging governments to invest in young people in order to create positive futures and personal resilience Hanif and his team use social media to engage Muslims in condemning ISIS. He is author of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism & Terrorist Recruitment, a best practice guide.
Psychiatrist, psychotherapist and group analyst. Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and an Honorary Senior lecturer in Traumatic Studies at Kings College London. She is author of From Pain to Violence: the traumatic roots of destructiveness.
Dr Morris Nitsun is consultant psychologist in Camden and Islington NHS Trust, psychotherapist at the Fitzrovia Group Analytic Practice, Training Analyst at the Institute of Group Analysis, and Convenor, Diploma in Innovative Group Interventions, Anna Freud Clinic. His books The Anti-group: Destructive Forces in the Group and their Creative Potential (Routledge1996, classic edition 2015) and The Group as an Object of Desire (Routledge, 2006) have been described as 'classics in the field'. He has lectured and run workshops in countries across the world. He is also a practising artist who exhibits regularly in London.
A supervising clinical psychologist, member of the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis, and in private practice in Tel Aviv. He is on the clinical psychology graduate program at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, and a research fellow at the International Institute for Counter- Terrorism (ICT) in Herzliya.
Group analyst, counsellor and consultant to national and international organisations and former professor for Intercultural Education at the University of Marburg. She has done extensive research on the issues of migration, fundamentalism and gender.
A psychotherapist who hosted reflexive supervision conversations with a multi-disciplinary team for more than 12 years in Northern Ireland. He also provided therapy to former paramilitaries and practitioners with complex trauma arising from the community conflict. He is author of Reflexive Supervision which provides a framework to help practitioners process their emotional experiences.
A psychoanalyst, training analyst in private practice and acts as consultant to a number of Political groups. He worked at the Portman Clinic for 25 years. He is now Chair of the Political Minds Seminars at the British Psychoanalytic Society. He regularly contributes to radio and television and lectures nationally and internationally. (See Frontier Psychoanalyst podcasts). He co-edited Lectures on Violence, Perversion and Delinquency with Stan Ruszczynski.
A Group Analyst and individual psychotherapist who practises in the UK and trains and supervises internationally from Russia to Norway. Previously she was a youth worker, community development activist and lecturer. She is particularly interested in how the social context lives in our unconscious and how each person then shapes their social world.
UKCP psychotherapist in private practice in Barcelona who previously was a youth worker in London and teacher in social studies. He lectures, supervises and is large group convenor in the training of art and dance movement therapists at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona and Metafora.
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