Bearing Witness: Psychoanalytic Work with People Traumatized by Torture and State Violence

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Andrés Gautier, Anna Sabatini Scalmati
Karnac Books, 2010 - Medical - 172 pages
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"In their discussion of torture, the contributors to this book write of what its victims cannot put into words and the work that has to be done with them to that end. Working with a victim's account of a traumatic experience goes much further than any debriefing technique would have us believe -- above all, victims need someone to listen carefully to what they have to say; that person will be the first to offer a refuge for the pain of those who have no internal 'shelter' of their own.

The authors go on to discuss the kind of mental processing that can free victims from their unspeakable trauma, a trauma that has no framework in time nor words with which to express it.

Under the skilful editorship of Andr s Gautier and Anna Sabatini, this book asks of both psychoanalysts and politicians a question that goes right to the heart of their 'impossible professions'."
--Ren Ka s, From the Foreword
 

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Contents

FAR AWAY FROM HOME
3
CHAPTER
13
CHAPTER THREE
27
CHAPTER FOUR
41
CHAPTER FIVE
65
CHAPTER
91
CHAPTER SEVEN
115
CHAPTER EIGHT
133
CHAPTER NINE
145
REFERENCES
159
INDEX
167
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Andres Gautier, PhD (Bolivia) is a psychotherapist specializing both in adolescents and adults. He has worked for many years in Switzerland as a psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, and supervisor in both private practice and penitentiary institutions. He is coordinator of the EFPP working group on "Trauma and State Violence". In 2001, together with Emma Bolshia Bravo, he founded the Institute for Therapy and Research on the Sequels of Torture and State Violence (ITEI) in La Paz, Bolivia. He has published articles in Spanish.
Anna Sabatini Scalmati (Italy) is a psychoanalytical psychotherapist, training and supervising member of the Italian Association of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy for Children (AIPPI), and member of the Italian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Adults (SIPP). She works through private clinical consultation with both adult and child patients and has a particular scientific interest in the study of primary mental development. She holds psychotherapy sessions with political refugees who are victims of torture or who have survived mass killings. She lives and works in Rome and is author of several articles.

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