Symposium programme taking shape as early bird deadline approaches


With just over two weeks until early bird registration closes on 31 July, the Scientific Symposium programme is taking shape. Over 100 abstracts from authors from around the world have been accepted to feature on the final programme with several themes emerging, including responding to the specific needs of torture survivors across all identities, such as the elderly, asylum seekers, resettled refugees and internally displaced persons.

Rehabilitation challenges for families, communities and across generations is also a key topic covered by many of the abstracts submitted, with a focus on family and intergenerational issues in rehabilitation work and trans-generational trauma and family dynamics.

Rehabilitation responses across contexts is another area of work which will feature heavily in the programme, covering issues such as, responding to sexual torture and gendered forms of torture, using movement, dance and art therapy for healing and survivor engagement and service user participation in structuring services. Innovative approaches to rehabilitation will also be explored, with the influence of technology clearly increasing.

Topics include computer-assisted assessment of traumatised refugees, using eye movement and desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and non-invasive digital infrared thermal imaging in diagnosis of torture. The progress being made in evidencing the sector's work will also be on display, with a focus on gathering clinical data in the fight against impunity and using clinical change outcome tools to evidence rehabilitation approaches.

Delivering on the promise of the right to rehabilitation is the overarching focus on the event and this area will look at torture rehabilitation providers in public health systems, global, regional and national funding models for rehabilitation services and the independence of service providers and building safe systems. Finally, prevention and approaches to fighting impunity will also be examined. This includes forensic documentation under the Istanbul Protocol, evidence for supporting anti-impunity claims in various legal proceedings and learning lessons from community based justice and reparation processes.

Up to 450 participants from over 60 countries and across professions including clinicians, researchers, lawyers, funders and policy makers are expected to attend the event. Participants can save 100 euro on the registration fee for the rest of the month.

There will be a heavy emphasis on providing opportunties for participants to network and learn from each other, with plenty of time in small group workshops and for reviewing the posters. The official programme will be released at the end of August along with information about the keynote speakers. 

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