Hadassah Hospital will host the 2nd International Conference on Trauma and Mental Health in September, 2020.

The first conference in May 2017, also held at Hadassah, was the first of its type internationally. It was hailed an outstanding success, setting the scene for this latest event.  Not only did it attract many of the world’s leading mental health practitioners and researchers to Israel, it also resulted in the sharing of important information on issues around trauma, mental health and PTSD.

The theme of the forthcoming conference is ‘The Impacts of Trauma and Adversity: Challenges and Innovations’.  It will run from September 6 – 8, 2020.

“Attendees will meet at the coalface with people who are living with PTSD and other stress-related conditions,” says Professor David Forbes (?), representing the Hadassah Australia organising committee.

“Hadassah’s work with people affected by these conditions is world-renowned, and Jerusalem is a conflicted city where there are a disproportionate number of young people dealing with stress for a wide variety of reasons.

“This is a city and a community that well understands how unresolved issues can fracture an unprepared society.”

The keynote speakers are all international PTSD experts.  They include:

Tine Jensen (Norway), Professor of Psychology at the University of Oslo and a Research Professor at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies.

Barbara Rothbaum (USA), Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Research at the Atlanta-based Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Sir Simon Charles Wessely (UK), Professor of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, head of its department of psychological medicine, and Director of the King's Centre for Military Health Research. 

Richard Bryant AC (Australia), Scientia Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales and Director of the UNSW Traumatic Stress Clinic, based at UNSW and Westmead Institute for Medical Research.

 

Other speakers include Dr Akram Amro, CEO of Hebron-based Green Land Society for Health Development, which mentors a cross-border transport service for West Bank Palestinians to access medical services in Israel.

Professor Esti Galili-Weisstub, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and head of the Jerusalem Crisis Intervention Center and the Binational School of Psychotherapy, will discuss broader psychosocial and societal impacts of living in a long-term conflict zone.

Dr Ghada Al Jadba, the Gaza-based UNRWA Chief of Health Programmes, will speak on innovations in prevention and intervention in Gaza.  It is anticipated that speakers from the Arab and Muslim world will participate in the conference.   

While the focus in 2017 was on veterans, military personnel and first responders, in 2020 it will shift to community trauma including living and managing trauma in long-term conflict, a situation affecting many communities worldwide.  It will address how those in mental health roles provide support, intervention and innovations for those affected by conflict.

There will be a number of symposia during the conference and an NGO Panel to include representatives of Red Crescent, Red Cross and Magen David Adom.  The theme of the Panel will be ‘NGO Implementation of psychosocial services.’

Major sponsors of the 2nd International Conference on Trauma and Mental Health include Phoenix Australia, Hadassah Medical Center and Hadassah Australia Medical Research and Collaborations Foundation.

Further information is available at the conference website: www.traumaandmentalhealthconference.org