The European Union was built in the shadow of the Holocaust and in the aftermath of war to avoid a repetition of the horrors of the past.
Today dark clouds are gathering across the continent, and the union thus conceived seems to be at risk, fuelled by:
- The influx of migrants from Africa and the Middle East, which has introduced fears of ‘invasion’ into the social fabric of European nations.
- The tension in the Middle East: the endless conflict between Israel and Palestine, and the disastrous situation in the region in general.
- The fear of a terrorist attack.
- A disturbing upsurge of neo-Nazism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, racial intolerance, fascism and authoritarianism, and a return to tribalism and the “me – first” mentality.
- A growing gap between rich “elites” and the poor (“the people”) – left behind, largely white and “indigenous” – fed by globalization and de-industrialization.
- Instability in the financial sector, rooted in the financial crisis of 2008, which continues to generate tension between the strong EU core, located in the West, and the periphery – the austerity-ridden Mediterranean and the poorer Eastern Europe.
- Growing alarm, alongside denial, over climate change, spawning a culture of intergenerational blame.
All of this seems to produce on-going tension and cycles of inter-group strife, hatred and violence. The call to narrow, exclusive national/regional identities, once confined to the margins, grows louder and now yields electoral success. Old enmities are being invoked to drive nationalist populism – in Europe there is Brexit and, across the rest of the continent, the rise of far right parties in Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, etc.
This unfolding situation raises the issue of whether we are living through a period when a profound and deeply lodged trans-generational imprint left by the Holocaust and other atrocities and conflicts – the Past in the Present – is being played out, producing suspicion, hostility, enmity and violence.
In this context the idea of borders – walls to keep out the “other” in order to safeguard what defines “us” – takes centre stage, amplified, ironically, by borderless and immediately accessible social media.
How do we make sense of this situation? Was the idea of creating unity out of diversity a realistic aspiration or an idealized dream that avoids a deep need for borders – walls, both inner and outer? Does today’s situation once again foretell a horrific future – are we heading for a Europe and a world in which the rigid walls of the last century will once again prevail? Or, are we paying the price for living as if we didn’t need walls? If we do need them, do they have to be either closed or open, or is there another way?
THE CONFERENCE SETTING
This conference will create a space in which questions like these can be considered in depth. It is a 4-day residential, experiential event which will use an adapted form of the Group Relations method in order to allow participants to supplement their views on these matters with observations of what goes on beneath the surface, including their own emotional experience and dynamics that emerge within and between groups, and in this way to deepen our understanding of whether, and if so to what extent the current situation in Europe and in our world today may also involve a repetition of the past.
To provide a space for participants to explore how issues around the theme WALLS – OPEN, CLOSED, SLIDING play themselves out in Europe and in our world generally, and in the conference itself.
Relevant issues that could be explored include the following: Are the Past in the Present and a return of the repressed impacting our personal and cultural identities and identifications? If so, how do these play out in the relationships between individuals and groups in the conference? And could studying these shed light on wider cultural and political processes in Europe and in our world today? Can the learning involved inform a more responsible citizenship?
The PCCA method has developed from the experience of a pioneer group of German and Israeli psychoanalysts and others working directly in the presence of the other of the victim-perpetrator dyad, i.e. the “enemy”. The Tavistock Group Relations conferences model was specially adapted to create a setting where experiences relating to the Holocaust, in the first instance, and later expanded to other societal conflicts and tensions, which are ordinarily disowned, can be comprehended and voiced. Inner thoughts, feelings and fantasies about oneself, as a member of one (or more) of the groups in the conference, form the raw material that every individual brings to the work.
Application of this experience to each members’ personal, professional, political and social context is an important part of the learning process. These conferences are experiential events. The work is done in groups. Most groups will have one or more consultants, partners in learning, whose role is not to lead the group but to support its working on the Primary Task. Consultants focus on the dynamics of the group as a whole rather than the individuals within it. There is no conventional teaching and what each participant learns cannot be forseen in advance since this depends on the nature of the individual’s participation in the ongoing process.
WHO MAY BENEFIT
This conference is for you if you are concerned or troubled by the situation described above and you want to understand and learn about how this is played out at a personal, social and political level, both at the manifest level and beneath the surface. Such engaged, experiential learning may enable us to consider where our responsibilities, as citizens, lie in today’s world.
PARTICIPANTS IN THIS CONFERENCE
is open to professionals – psychoanalysts, psychologists, psychotherapists, consultants, coaches, public and private managers and in general to any concerned citizens – with or without any previous experience of this kind of conference, but who wish to learn from one’s experience of membership and participation in the events on offer.
should preferably have PCCA conference and Group Relations conference experience and want to develop an understanding of the PCCA method and acquire skills and competences in it. Places for Associate Consultants are limited, and application must be made on a special form obtainable from Brigitte Reusch email@example.com .
The conference starts on Thursday 27th August 2020 at 1.00 pm (following registration and lunch at noon) and ends on Monday 31st August 2020 at 1.45 pm (followed by lunch).
The programme will comprise Plenaries, Small Study Groups, Large Study Group, European Event, Review Groups and Application Groups. The detailed timetable of the events will be available at the beginning of the conference.
The Associate Consultants will have their own dedicated programme. They will arrive on Wednesday 26th August 2020 in the afternoon and will start their programme at 5pm that day.
Additional events or modifications of the above events may take place, depending on the conference composition and dynamics.
Staff are not merely observers of the process, but partners in learning.
They are actively involved, using their own individual and national identity as an entry-point to the work.
A key part of the role is to observe, to think about what is going on and
to feed this back into the conference in order to promote learning from experience.
Director: Louisa Diana Brunner, PhD, lives and works in Milan as a Leadership & Family Business Consultant, Coach and Researcher. She is a Faculty Member of the Global Education Network and Fellow of the Family Firm Institute. She has served in different staff roles in Group Relations Conferences in Cyprus, England, Israel, Italy, Poland, USA and the Netherlands. She is a founding member of PCCA, an honorary member of Il Nodo Group, a member of ISPSO, OFEK and OPUS.
Associate Director: M. Fakhry Davids, M.Sc., TQAP, Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst in full time practice in London; Supervising and Training Analyst of the British Psychoanalytic Society and Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis; Honorary Senior Lecturer, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London; Visiting Fellow, Centre for Trauma & Refugees, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex; Member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists, and Founding Board Member of PCCA.
Administrator: Antoaneta Mateeva, PhD, Professor in Clinical Social Work MA and BA programs, New Bulgarian University; Researcher at Know-How Center for Alternative Care for Children, NBU; Co-founder, Group Dynamic Trainer and Organisational Consultant Psychology of Groups Institute. Co-founder and Clinical Supervisor, Right to Childhood Foundation; Member of ISPSO and ÖAGG.
*The Conference Management will also take up consultancy roles
Leila Djemal MA, Organization Development Consultant and Executive Coach; Co-Director and Instructor, Touch OFEK Courses and Workshops; Graduate, William Alanson White Institute Organization Program, focusing on system psychodynamics, New York; Associate, A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems, USA; Past Board Member, OFEK.
Shmuel Erlich, PhD, Training and Supervising Analyst and past-President, Israel Psychoanalytic Society; Psychoanalyst in private practice and Consultant to Organizations; Sigmund Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis (Emeritus), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Chair, IPA Institutional Issues Committee; Founding Member, OFEK, PCCA.
Bettina Jesberg M.D. (Psychiatry and Psychosomatics), a Practising Psychoanalyst; Member, Training and Supervising analyst of PaIB (Psychoanalytical Institute Berlin), DPG (German Psychoanalytical Society), IPA and DGPT. A supporting member of PCCA; (Co-) Founder several working groups on a National and European level (“Rencontre Franco-Allemande”; “Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy of Psychosis” and “Market Place” in DPG; “Dealing with historical, political and social issues in the cure”).
Mannie Sher PhD., TQAP, FBAP, BA, AAPSW, Principal Social Scientist, the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, London; Former Director, Group Relations Programme, Tavistock Institute; a practicing psychoanalytical psychotherapist and author of The Dynamics of Change: Tavistock Approaches to Improving Social Systems (2013); Editor of Dynamics at Boardroom Level: A Tavistock Primer for Leaders, Coaches and Consultants (2020); Former ember of the Board of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO).
Iwona Soltysinska MA, Jagiellonian University, MA, Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Foundation Trust, UK), Psychologist, Organisational Development Consultant, Psychodynamic therapist (KCP), Certified Coach (PCC, ICF); Member Hanna Segal Institute of Psychoanalytic Study; Supporting Member PCCA; Consultant to Experiential Groups and Group Relations conferences and abroad.
Martijn van der Spek M. General Social Sciences, BSc. Health Psychology; Assistant Professor, Organisational Consultant, Program Leader Executive Programme Inside Dynamics in Organisations, Theory and practice of working with hidden processes in organisations,Utrecht University School of Governance, NL (professional partnership with Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, UK); Associate Consultant Tavistock Consulting, UK; Member ISPSO.
Dorothee C. von Tippelskirch-Eissing (Convener Associate Consultants) Dr. phil., Dipl. Psych., Psychoanalyst in private practice, Supervisor and Training Analyst; Former Chairperson of the Karl-Abraham-Institute, Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute (BPI) and Board Member German Psychoanalytic Association (DPV); Member of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA); since 2015 chairperson of Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities (PCCA).
*Will be drawn from this list
The working language of the conference is English;
however in groups or situations where everyone speaks another language
that language could serve as working language.
The working language of the conference is English;
however in groups or situations where everyone speaks another language that language could serve as working language.
PARTNERS IN CONFRONTING COLLECTIVE ATROCITIES
works towards developing strategies to engage with the legacy of past atrocities that can contribute to opening up the possibility of a more hopeful future.
The aim of the organization is to work through the effects of the Holocaust and of past and present national and international conflicts that lead to destructive escalation, in the service of a better understanding among national groups worldwide.
In 2019 PCCA was The Winner of the 2019 Sigourney Award,
a recognition for its pioneering work and contribution in community-based psychoanalytic/social intervention to address and confront the residual effects of trauma and atrocities.
USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT
THE CONFERENCE LOCATION
Hotel Ernst Sillem Hoeve
Soestdijkerweg 10-b Lage Vuursche
3734 MH Den Dolder
Tel: +31(0)35 666 85 41
Fax: +31(0)35 666 84 43
Hotel Ernst Sillem Hoeve Hotel is owned by Ernst Sillem Hoeve Ltd., the YMCA is the sole share holder. The YMCA was founded in 1853 and organizes social activities in the work field for young people to this very day. The Hotel is surrounded by the royal forests of Lage Vuursche. There is a 24-hour front desk, free parking and electric vehicle charging station. There is a swimming pool, fitness centre and sauna. For more information about the Hotel visit www.esh.nl/en/.
Hotel Ernst Sillem Hoeve is in a small town with around 3000 inhabitants called Den Dolder, right in the centre of The Netherlands. There are shops, ATM machines and restaurants. It is close to the Dutch main airport Schiphol Airport(36 km), other airports not far away: Rotterdam The Hague Airport (59 km), Eindhoven Airport (79 km). It is less than 15 km from Utrecht and 35 km from Amsterdam.
Free WIFI is at your disposal in your room and free WIFI is available in all areas of the hotel.
The electric plugs are European. If you are used to the USA or British System you will need a travel adapter. Please make sure that you bring it along and check also the voltage.
There is an onsite coffee house, a bar, a restaurant and vending machines.
In August the average temperature varies 22°-9°.
There is free parking with video surveillance for 250 cars.
Members who have special needs and/or dietary requests, please contact and inform the pre-conference administrator, Brigitte Reusch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a train to Hilversum and from there take bus 59, direction Zeist. This bus stops right in front of the Hotel Ernst Sillem Hoeve. The trip takes about one hour 15-30 minutes.
Take a train to Den Dolder and from there take bus 59, direction Hilversum (or take the hotel shuttle service, see under 6.). The trip takes about 30 minutes.
Take a train to either Hilversum (and from there see point 1.) or to Utrecht Centraal Station (and from there see point 2.). Either trip take about one hour.
Go to Rotterdam Centraal Station first, by bus and metro. From Rotterdam Centraal Station you can take a train to Utrecht Centraal Station (from there see point 2.). This trip takes about one hour 45 minutes.
You go to Eindhoven Station with bus 400. From there take a train to Utrecht Centraal Station (from there see point 2.). The trip takes about two hours.
There is a free shuttle service offered by the hotel, on weekdays from 8am to 6pm. You can order the shuttle bus when you arrive at Den Dolder Station, call +31356668541. The trip to the hotel takes about 5 minutes. The number of the regional taxi company for outside shuttle hours: Taxi Van den Brink, +31885534400.
Region Utrecht, municipality Zeist City: Den Dolder Address: Soestdijkerweg 10b (or 10) Tip: keep a lookout for roadsigns, they will tell you the exact exit.
Intersection Lunetten >A27 to Hilversum Exit Bilthoven/Maartensdijk, exit 32 to Bilthoven (N234) Go straight ahead at the traffic lights (about seven kilometres) You will find Hotel Ernst Sillem Hoeve on the right side of the N234
Exit Den Dolder/ Zeist > exit 3 to Den Dolder/Baarn (N238) At the end of the N238 turn right to Baarn/Lage Vuursche (N234) You will find Hotel Ernst Sillem Hoeve on the right side of the N234
Exit Soest/Baarn noord > exit 10 to Soest (N221) At the second roundabout go straight ahead to Soest (N221) After Palace Soestdijk turn right to Bilthoven (N234) You will find Hotel Ernst Sillem Hoeve on your left side after 4.3 km
THE LAST DAY OF REGISTRATION
Friday 21st August 2020
|Members ( Four Nights )|
|Members||Early Bird until
18th May 2020
|Single Occupancy||€ 1.600,00||€ 1.750,00|
|Double Occupancy||€ 1.500,00||€ 1.600,00|
|€ 750,00||€ 750,00|
|Double Occupancy||€ 700,00||€ 700,00|
|Associate Consultants ( Five Nights )|
|Early Bird until
18th May 2020
|Single Occupancy||€ 1.950,00||€ 2.100,00|
|€ 1.000,00||€ 1.000,00|
*the prices are for full board included