October 14, 2008

Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) Trauma treatment for survivors of war and torture

As part of the International Mass Trauma program of research in the Department of Family Social Science, you are invited to attend a seminar on Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). Seminar presented by its originators from Germany and vivo Foundation.

NET is an evidence based intervention developed for the treatment of PTSD implemented worldwide to those affected by traumatic events resulting from war, organized violence and natural disasters. It incorporates cognitive-behavioral exposure therapy and testimony therapy, explicitly addressing the sociopolitical aspects of healing. The seminar will address the cognitive and neuroscientific background of NET, the procedure and the current state of evaluation research with asylum seekers, refugees, and war survivors in conflict regions.

DATE: Monday, November 10th, 2008

TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (seminar)
12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. (refreshments and Q&A)

LOCATION: University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
Classroom Office Building, Room B25
Parking information

This event is free and open to the public

For more information contact Dr. Liz Wieling

Guest Presenters Dept. of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Bielefeld, Germany:

Claudia Catani, Ph.D.
Expertise: Neurophysiology of stress reactions; epidemiology and treatment of trauma related disorders of organized and family violence
Board Member of vivo Germany and Italy

Frank Neuner, Ph.D.
Expertise: Psychotherapy of torture victims; clinical and neuroscientific research
Board Member of vivo Germany, Italy and Uganda Co-sponsored by the Department of Family Social Science and the Center for Victims of Torture

October 8, 2008

The Iraqi Art Project


The University of Minnesota department of Family Social Science is hosting a small group exhibition called The Iraqi Art Project (IAP). The paintings are made by artists from Karbala, Iraq and loaned to the department by the IAP whose goal is to personalize relationships between people of Iraqi and the United States. Because of the internal disruption of society in Iraq today, these artists are unable to show their work at home. Instead, these paintings were carried to the US in suitcases and examined at numerous checkpoints along the journey. Viewing these paintings gives us the chance to see how this group of Iraqi artists interprets their home and their lives.

Visitors are encouraged to write a note to the artists-after the exhibit, the notes will be translated and given to each artist.

The exhibit is open for viewing
Monday - Friday 8-12 am and 1-4 pm
October 10 - December 12, 2008
Family Social Science
University of Minnesota
290 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
For more information call 612-625-6202.

September 9, 2008

9/21/08 FSoS Potluck Picnic

Please join the Family Social Science community on Sunday, September 21 for a potluck picnic to celebrate the start of the new school year. Plan to arrive at 3:00 p.m. and enjoy the wonderful hiking/biking trails, exciting playground equipment, and beautiful natural surroundings of Central Park in Roseville. Tennis courts are available across the lake on the Victoria Avenue side of the park. We will gather at the Jaycees Shelter which is located just beyond the parking lot at 2540 Lexington Avenue North. Eating will begin around 4:00.

Hot dogs and all the trimmings, plates, cups and utensils will be provided. Please plan to bring something to contribute to the "quasi pot luck"; we suggest the following, but feel free to deviate from that suggestion!
1st year students: Chips/Snack-type foods
2nd year students: Sodas/Water
3rd year and beyond students: Fruit/Desserts
Staff: Salads
Faculty: Main dishes

Please RSVP to fsosrsvp and let us know how many people will be coming. We look forward to a great day of enjoying each other's company in the great Minnesota outdoors!

From your departmental organizers,
Shonda Craft, Cathy Solheim, and Liz Wieling