Bearing witness : psychoanalytic work with people traumatized by torture and state violence / editors, Andres Gautier and Anna Sabatini Scalmati.

1st ed.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
1 online resource (263 p.)


EFPP clinical monograph series. [More in this series]
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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 or words with which to express it.' Rene Kaes from the Foreword --Book Jacket.
"Published by Karnac for the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy"--Cover.
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  • COVER; BEARING WITNESS; PART I: FAR AWAY FROM HOME; CHAPTER ONE: EAmbiguity as a defence in extreme trauma; CHAPTER TWO: Routes to the unspeakable: Working with victims of torture; CHAPTER THREE: Social conflicts and psychic suffering; CHAPTER FOUR: Internal homelessness; CHAPTER FIVE: The post-traumatic nightmare: The via regia to unconscious integration?; CHAPTER SIX: The rupture of links in the context of migration: Open mouthed and sewn mouth; PART II: THERE WHERE HORROR HAPPENS; CHAPTER SEVEN: The place of compassion in political conflict; CHAPTER EIGHT: Tell me your story
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