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Culture, Migration and Identity Issues in the Interface with Trauma

27 November 2012


Registrations essential

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Amanda DowdThe Meaning of Place and Psychosocial Border Zones

Amanda Dowd

An immigrant is defined as someone who has moved or been moved from one familiar place to another unfamiliar place, but to be an immigrant, rather than to simply intellectually know it, “one must inhabit mental and emotional states that are not easy to endure …The nature of [this] pain… permits no easy definition. Although linked to feelings of loss, it is not what could be called depression nor is it, strictly speaking, anxiety though it does include elements of anguish. People usually experience it as something nearly physical… as if it lies on the border between the physical and the mental”. This is a good description of the experience of the particular mental pain of being displaced; it is a state which occasions extreme anxiety, alienation and dissociation because something previously taken-for-granted can feel traumatically ruptured or even catastrophically lost. This state, which can be difficult to recognise and articulate, is camouflaged by intense shame.

In this presentation Amanda will introduce STARTTS members to her thinking about the meaning of ‘place’ and the traumatic experience of displacement with special attention given to the way in which it complicates the clinical picture when working with individuals who have already experienced the traumatic effects of being cast out of the taken-for-granted realms of human contact and love by early relational failures and by the violations of abuse and torture.

Please phone (02) 9794 1900 if you have any questions.

Live internet broadcast

If you can’t make it to Carramar, then you can save on time and petrol by watching the live internet broadcast of these events from your own computer. It only costs $5.99 to register via STARTTS’ website, and you will be able to participate in the panel discussion by sending in your typed questions which are answered live.

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STARTTS – 152-168 The Horsley Drive Carramar NSW

On-site parking is available. Drive into Mitchell St at the cross-road with The Horsley Drive. Turn into the driveway on the right between Fairfield Community Health Centre and the Ambulance Station. Follow the signs to STARTTS.

The Carramar site is approximately 10 minutes walk from Carramar station and 15 minutes from Fairfield station. Alternatively, take the 904 or 905 bus from Fairfield station.