Wednesday 8 May
In this Lunchtime Lecture, Michael Robertson will discuss the transmission of trauma within and across generations.
Traumatic stress is contagious – the phenomena of “secondary PTSD”, compassion fatigue and transgenerational transmission of trauma are significant problems in public health. From the pioneering work of Henry Krystal in the 1960’s and the description of the “Concentration camp syndrome” (KL syndrome), emerged a significant body of scholarship on the topic of vicarious trauma. Considering both the literature on the Holocaust and Indigenous mental health, this lecture will review different conceptualisations of traumatic stress and its effects on those around the victim/survivor, as well as the various approaches to the psychological treatment of vicarious trauma.
Michael Robertson is a consultant psychiatrist Clinical Associate Professor of Mental Health Ethics at SHE at the University of Sydney. He is a visiting professorial fellow at the Sydney Jewish Museum