Trauma and the road to Resilience

Trauma and the road to Resilience

17 September to 23 September 2017

Trauma and the Road to Resilience


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Trauma, resilience and working with the changing world of migration and asylum. Join us at the world famous  Centre Minkowska in Paris this fall.
The Centre is on the cutting edge of research, training, teaching and practice in trauma, resilience and 
the mental health of migrants. 

Journey with us to Paris this fall for an in depth training and compelling experience with an internationally acclaimed team of  multidisciplinary and plurilingual experts in the field of trauma , resilience, immigration and asylum. We will expeience unique excursions enriching your professional and personal scope of trauma and resilience in the beautiful yet multi-cultural and complex city of Paris as the backdrop.

Paris is a melting pot of cultures and receives a large percentage of the worlds  international migrants.
There are over 232 million international migrants in the world today. This global phenomena has created  the need for understanding and skills. The need for the  globalization, education and training of health care professionals, social workers, educators and justice professionals are increasingly imperative. We are confronted with the problems of linguistic and cultural diversity of the people we  encounter daily in the world today. This diversity can lead to trauma, misunderstandings,  and complexity in the way they are dealt with.

Who is this course for?
Professionals and advanced students in: Clinical or Educational Psychology, Neuropsychology, Social Work, Psychiatry, Counseling, Nursing, Medicine, Law, and Public Health, as well as civil servants, clergy,  interested professionals from other fields and those with a desire to learn more about trauma and resilience.


Day 1,  Sunday Sept. 17
Arrivals; exploring Paris and its cultural diversity. General meet and welcome,
basic professional introductions and overview, review goals for the overall program.
2 p. m.  Cultural visit to The Shoah Memorial in Drancy. 70 years after the start of the deportation of the Jews of France towards nazi extermination camps, the center’s mission is to present the history of the Drancy camp. Built as a collective living space in the 1930s but never finished, the Cité de la Muette became an internment camp in 1941, and then in 1942 a regroupment camp for the Jews of France in preparation for their deportation towards extermination camps. Between March, 1942, and August, 1944, approximately 63,000 of the 76,000 Jews deported from France went through Drancy. The Cité de la Muette was once again inhabited after 1948 by immigrants. It is a place of history and of transmission, and opened on September 2012.  The central role of the Drancy camp in the exclusion of the Jews of France during the Second World War and in the implementation of the final solution by the Nazis with the complicity of the Vichy government. (Included)
7:30 p.m. Group welcome dinner. ( Included)

Day 2, Monday Sept. 18
7 a.m. Breakfast (included)
8 a. m. Depart for Centre Minkowska
9- 9:30 a.m. Welcome, introductions and information at Centre Minkowska. History and current missions of the centre in the understanding and treatment of trauma and resilience. Current modalities and research on trauma and resilience
9:30- 12:30 p.m.  lecture/seminar; Dr. Rachid Bennegadi. A person Centered approach on trauma and resilience in the context of immigration and exile
12:30 p. m. -2 p. m. Group lunch. (included)
2-5 p.m.  lecture/seminar; Dr. Boris Cyrulnik, The Brain, trauma and psychotherapy
7 p.m. Cocktails and gathering at Le Comptoir Ghetto museum and space of immigration
Le Comptoir is dedicated to exoticism (the quality of being attractive or striking through being colourful or unusual, style or traits considered characteristic of a distant foreign country). As a curious adventurer and a voyage lover, it invites you to explore and appreciate these foreign and strange cultures, poorly known, sometimes underrated and often marginalized. Because exoticism does not only define itself through frontiers and territories, it is also rooted in history, traditions, communities, and exclusions. Thus, Le Comptoir Général explores these faraway lands, looking for the most powerful references and the best talents they might hide away. Once identified, it brings them back to life from the details of their decoration, to their slightest codes and moods. For some of these talents, the adventure goes beyond this: what better way to fight against exclusion and difference is there than offering the society as useful as desirable goods? Accompanied by Le Comptoir Général, these exotic talents can learn to manage, preserve and promote durably their patrimony, transforming it in a new source of revenues and knowledge. Le Comptoir Général is a filial of the W.A.L.T. group, a private and independent actor that reinvests all its benefits in the promotion of animated projects.
8:30 p.m. dinner as a group or on your own

Day 3, Tues. Sept. 19
7 a.m. Breakfast. (included)
8;30 a. m. Depart for Centre Minkowska
9;30 a.m. lecture/seminar; Dr. Jalil Bennani: Refugees  in Morocco: memories, traces and traumas
12;30- 2 p. m.  lunch.
2:00-4:00 p.m.  Dr. Jalil Bennani: Refugees  in Morocco: memories, traces and traumas
4:30 p. m.  Visit to 59 Rue Rivoli (Included)
On November 1, 1999, the KGB (Kalex, Gaspard, Bruno), managed to open up the cemented-over door of 59 rue de Rivoli in Paris. The building had been abandoned by the Crédit Lyonnais and the French state for 15 years. A dozen artists showed up to lend a hand in the clean-up which was a mess full of dead pigeons, syringes, rubble, etc. The purpose of this operation was threefold:
– Revive an unused empty place
– Create a place for artists to create, live, and expose
– Prove the validity of a cultural alternative 
The space receives tens of thousands of visitors each year, sometimes as many as 4,000 visitors a week coming for expos, concerts as well as studio visits and the 59 Rivoli has become one of the three most visited sites of contemporary art in Paris, one of the ten most visited places in France. This is a real cultural alternative way to present art that allows for a more democratic access to its creation, both for the artists and for the public. Right in the center of Paris, 59 Rivoli creates interest by its fun, unique, and creative façade which changes every few months.
Evening free or dinner together

Day 4, Wed. Sept. 20
7 a.m. Breakfast. (included)
8;30 a. m. Depart for Centre Minkowska
9;30 a.m.-12:30 p. m. lecture/seminar; Dr. Stéphanie Larchanché : Cultural competance and clinical work with refugees.
1 p.m. lunch in historic quartier: Le Marais
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Vist to Memorial de La Shoah (Included)
The Shoah Memorial was opened to the public in January 2005, rue Geoffroy l’Asnier, on the site of the Mémorial du Martyr Juif Inconnu (Memorial to the Unknown Jewish Martyr). Situated at this turning point of the “century of genocides”, open to the new century, the new institution is intended as a bridge between the men and women who were contemporaries of the Shoah and those who did not experience this period of history, either directly or through the mediation of their parents. Although it is a continuation of the CDJC and the Memorial to the Unknown Jewish Martyr, the Shoah Memorial is also a new phase in the transmission of the memory and the lessons of the Shoah, which so far had been essentially borne by the direct witnesses of the extermination of Jews of Europe. The Memorial’s mission, at the heart of the work of the historians, researchers and educators who come together here to be a source of inspiration open to all, ready to welcome the new generations. The Memorial is a resource center, the first and foremost collection of archives on the Shoah in Europe, but it is also a “museum of vigilance”, designed to learn, understand and experience, because now and forever it will always be necessary to construct “a rampart against oblivion, against a rekindling of hatred and contempt for man”, to quote Eric de Rothschild, President of the Memorial. The Documentation Center has a collection of over a million archives, 75,000 photos and 55,000 books. Archives originated in particular from the German administration and Gestapo in France, trials including Nuremberg and French sources such as the Commissariat Général aux questions juives (General Commission for Jewish Affairs). The Museum: the permanent exhibition offers a chronological and thematic visit composed of twelve sequences depicting the history of Jews in France during the Shoah. The exhibition alternates between individual destinies and collective history. Based on the archives of the Documentation Center, with regular new additions, the museum is accessible to any kind of public.
4 p. m. Memorial de la martyrs de la deportation ( Included)
4;30 p.m. Notre Dame ( Included)
Free time
8 p.m. Dinner Cafe Zimmer
During the “dark years”, the “Honneur de la Police” resistance network met in the cavernous basements, where a secret hiding place, whose precise location is now unknown, enabled several families to escape anti-Semitic persecution. During the occupation, the Café Zimmer hosted secret meetings of a police resistance network. This was later acknowledged by the Mayor of Paris and the Prefect of police with a commemorative plaque that bears the names of Edmond Dubent (police commissaire and founder of the “Honneur de Police” group), Charles Henri Porte (police commissaire), Paul Turgne and Raymond Boudier (national security police inspector), Marcel Pruvost and Raymond Micheli (policeman), all of whom were arrested here and deported.
In 2000, the owner, Jean Luc Gintrand, entrusted the Zimmer’s renovation to the talented decorator Jacques Garcia, who managed to restore much of its authentic charm, thereby preserving the location’s rich past and reinvigorating one of the most beautiful Parisian cafés in the Place de Châtelet.
Shortly after the Franco-German War of 1870, a number of families in Alsace who wanted to remain French, such as the Zimmers, Weplers, Drehers, and Bofingers, moved to Paris and set-up large brasseries upholding their region’s traditions, many of which are still operating today. When it was created in 1896, the Zimmer, in the Place du Châtelet, was the most luxurious of the three establishments belonging to the Zimmer Company of Taverns.
The ground floor room with its elegant ceiling and delightfully refined floral décor offered a different style to the other Parisian brasseries of the time. Guests could also recline on ottomans and sofas in the bar upstairs. It was so successful that the establishment was soon expanded. Just before the First World War, it had four levels, including a mezzanine with a fifty-seat restaurant. Upstairs, lounges and private rooms were available for more intimate meetings.
The Zimmer’s history is closely linked to the Théâtre du Châtelet: there used to be doors connecting them, so that theatre-goers could access the show directly from the ground floor and the lounge on the first floor.  The Zimmer has always been popular with artists and writers, its clientele has included legendary figures such as Jules Verne, Emile Zola, Sarah Bernhardt, Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Richard Strauss, Arturo Toscanini, Edmond Rostand, Marcel Proust, Serge de Diaghilev, Guillaume Apollinaire, Igor Stravinski, Vaslav Nijinski, and Pablo Picasso among many others.

Day 5, Thursday Sept. 21
7 a.m. Breakfast.(included)
8;30 a. m. Depart for Centre Minkowska
9;30 a.m.-12:30 p. m. lecture/seminar; Dr. Stéphanie Larchanché : transgenerational trauma and resilience; cellular memories in psychotherapy.
1 p.m. lunch as a group (included)
2:00- 4:00 p.m.  lecture/seminar; Dr. Stéphanie Larchanché :The social determinants of resilience; an anthropological approeach.
Free Time
7:30 p. m. Evening meal with Drisa and family: immigrants from Mali, Africa living in Paris.

Day 6, Friday Sept. 22
7 a.m. Breakfast.(included)
9;30 a.m.-12:00 p. m lecture/seminar: Clinical cases / discussion / closing
12:00 p. m. Closing , apero and goodbye to the Centre Minkowska
1 p. m. Lunch
2:30 p. m. 4:30 p.m.  Visit National Museum of Immigration
Free time
8 p. .m. Group goodbye dinner ( Included)

Day 7, Saturday Sept. 23

What you will gain

  •  Apply a person centered approach to working with trauma and resilience
    • Connect neuroscience with trauma and transgenerational transmission
    • Develop skills in the care of migrants.
    • Plan how to approach cultural diversity in your professional practices.
    • Discuss
     the latest developments in the trauma field in general, and in the European and North African context in particular.
    • Describe the risks of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), related distress symptoms, and potential protective factors.
    • Explain theories and research pertaining to the consequences of trauma, healthy coping processes, and possible pathological consequences.
    • Demonstrate the guiding principles for clinical programs treating post-traumatic disorders through clinical cases
    • Identify strategies in strengthening resilience in the civilian population in the wake of migration and trauma
    .•Analyze programs that have been implemented in Paris at Centre Minkowska which are aimed towards building resilience and preventing pathological consequences of trauma.
    • Discuss theoretical concepts and applications in community preparedness for terrorism and trauma

CE Credits

21 CE Credits
Mind Body Passport is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. Mind Body Passport maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Mind Body Passport Inc. is also recognized as a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider. 
Certificate awarded upon successful completion.

CE credits not given for excursions, outside activities


Dr. Boris Cyrulnik is a neuro-psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, most famous in France and abroad for his popularization of the concept of psychological resilience. The theme of resilience is very much linked to his personal experience as a Jewish child during World War II, whose parents were murdered, and who had to develop skills to survive. He is the author of numerous best-sellers in France, among which Un merveilleux malheur (A Wonderful Misfortune) (1999) on resilience’s mechanisms, or De chair et d’âme (From Flesh and Soul) (2006). He teaches at University of the South in Toulon.

Dr. Rachid Bennegadi  is a psychiatrist and anthropologist. After practicing medicine in the Algerian part of the Sahara, Dr. Bennegadi completed his training in psychiatry in Paris, and rapidly got involved in the associative sector of health to improve healthcare access and healthcare provision to immigrants. After receiving a fullbright fellowship to study at Palo Alto with Paul Watzlawick, he returned to Centre Minkowska in Paris where he was appointed medical consultant and implemented a person-centered, medical anthropology approach to mental healthcare that broke from earlier stigmatizing, culture-centered approaches.  He was recently appointed President Elect of the World Association for Social Psychiatry.

Dr. Jalil Bennani is a Moroccan psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, practicing in Rabat. He was co-founder and president of the Moroccan Association for Psychotherapy of the City of Vienna, and is a co-founder and the current president of the Moroccan Psychoanalytic Society. In 2002, he won the International Sigmund Freud Award. He is the author of numerous books, among which Le Corps Suspect(The Suspicious Body) (1980), dealing with the relationship between immigrants and medical institutions in France, Psychanalyse en terre d’Islam (Psychoanalysis in the Muslim World) (2008), and Un si long chemin – Paroles de réfugiés au Maroc (A Very Long Journey – Stories of Refugees in Morocco) (2015) written in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Dr. Stéphanie Larchanché is a medical anthropologist. She carried out her doctoral research on healthcare access and provision to immigrants in France, and studied « specialized » mental healthcare institutions catering to immigrants and refugees in particular. This is how she had the opportunity to collaborate with Centre Minkowska, where she later accepted a position as the coordinator of Research and Teaching. Today she also practices psychotherapy, and is currently completing a book entitled Cutlural Anxieties: The Politics of Mental Healthcare for Immigrants in France. She is the President of a non-profit organization for interpreters in public institutions (ISM-Interprétariat).

Dr. Leslee Brown is a psychotherapist, international educator and founder of Mind Body Passport Inc. leading professionals on international courses which are approved to grant CE credits. Dr. Brown was in private practice for over twenty years, has been a research psychologist for The Neurologic Institute and has served on faculty at UCLA Medical School teaching psychology and rapport building techniques to medical students. Dr. Brown was assistant professor and and Director of Centers for International Studies at The Chicago School , and director of international seminars and gastprofessor at SIgmund Feud University. International psychology and developing “psychologists without borders” has become her focus.

The Organizer

Dr. Leslee Brown is the founder of Mind Body Passport Inc., providing extraordinary international learning experiences and continuing education for professionals. Dr. Brown has been running customized training courses with the Tavistock Centre London for a number of years. She will lead the group on cultural excursions and discussions of the material presented and is the primary liaison and organizer with the Tavistock Centre London. Dr. Brown has more than 20 years’ experience as a psychologist in private practice. She is a graduate level professor at Sigmund Freud University campuses in Vienna and Paris. Dr. Brown is the founder and director of Mind Body Passport Inc. and has led numerous international travel courses. Dr. Brown  has lived, worked and studied throughout Europe for many years. She resides part time in Los Angeles, part time Paris and the rest of the time in the rest of the world.


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