Explore the key issues faced by psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs, social workers, counsellors and others dealing with patients or clients affected by adversity and trauma.

Learn the latest techniques and methodologies that are being applied in the real world to help support the mental health and well-being of both children and adults. Discover the consequences of living in long-term trauma and conflict, and the progress being made in the prevention and intervention in mental health consequences of trauma.

In May 2017, many of the world’s leading mental health practitioners and researchers convened in Jerusalem to attend the first International Conference on Trauma and Mental Health.

​The conference at Hadassah Hospital, itself an internationally-recognised leader in the treatment of mental health, was ground-breaking in many respects, not the least being the location – historically, an epicentre of wars and terrorism and, more recently, a city conflicted by inter-communal issues like family dysfunction, violence and sexual abuse.

​By any measure the conference was an outstanding success. 

​So it is with the greatest pleasure that we invite you to register for the 2nd Jerusalem Conference on Trauma & Mental Health to be held at the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center from 18-20 September 2022.

The focus in 2017 was on veterans, military personnel and first responders.  In 2022, the focus will shift to community trauma.

The main conference theme is "The Impacts of Trauma and Adversity: Challenges & Innovations".

The conference will address:
   1. The mental health impact of trauma and adversity in ongoing conflict zones, on refugees and displaced persons;
   2. The mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on adults, young people and children; and 
   3. Innovations in PTSD intervention across trauma-affected populations

The committees have developed a truly international event with high profile keynote speakers from Australia, UK, USA, and Europe. It is anticipated that speakers will participate from across the region and internationally in the conference.

Read about the confirmed keynote speakers here.

​Among the confirmed keynote speakers is Professor Richard Bryant, Scientia Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales. Prof Bryant will speak on World Health Organisation mental health programs for refugees and displaced persons.

​The international conference is designed to cover topics of interest and concern to health professional including clinicians (GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatricians, nurses and social workers) and researchers.

The quality of the speakers will again be outstanding and there will be opportunities for paper presentations from clinicians and academics.

We highly recommend a visit to Jerusalem, a city that speaks to the major monotheistic faiths but is also a modern metropolis. Outside of conference activities there are many and varied attractions, both old and new, within Jerusalem and beyond for delegates and partners to explore.

The 2nd Jerusalem Conference on Trauma & Mental Health will have something for everyone!



Professor Omer Bonne
Head, Department of Psychiatry,
Hadassah Medical Organisation,
Jerusalem, Israel

Professor Richard Bryant
Scientia Professor of Psychology,
University of New South Wales,
Sydney, Australia

​Professor David Forbes
Director, Phoenix Australia, Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health;
Department of Psychiatry,
The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

​Professor Yair Bar Haim
Director of the Center for Development and Psychopathology,
and the Laboratory for Research on Anxiety and Trauma,
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel