08:15

09:30

Parallel Sessions 1

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09:30

10:00
Room:
Exhibition Area

Coffee break

10:00

11:00
Room:
Arena

Plenary 3

Recovered Memories in the Court: implications for therapy, justice and prevention

The very existence of recovered memories of traumatic events has been controversial, partly because such experiences contradict lay beliefs about memory but also because of the way the debate has been framed. In this talk I will examine the arguments and supporting evidence and discuss how to present a balanced picture in legal settings. I will also present suggestions about interviewing complainants alleging historic sexual abuse in order to identify issues of concern and to pre-empt challenges in court.

Prof. Chris Brewin, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University College, London, UK

Prof. Chris Brewin is professor of clinical psychology at University College London and consultant clinical psychologist with the Camden & Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust. He has been treating patients traumatised in childhood and adulthood for over 20 years and is widely known internationally for his research on traumatic memory and posttraumatic stress disorder. He was a member of the British Psychological Society’s working party on Recovered Memories and has been an expert witness in numerous UK trials involving recovered memories.

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11:00

11:15

Short break

11:15

12:30

Parallel Sessions 2

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12:30

13:30
Room:
Exhibition Area

Lunch

12:30

13:30
Room:
Szenario 1

ESTD Country Representatives Meeting (incl. lunch)

13:30

14:45

Parallel Sessions 3

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14:45

15:15
Room:
Exhibition Area

Coffee break

(Foyer: Book Launch - Handbuch sexualisierte Gewalt)

15:15

16:15
Room:
Arena

Plenary 4

Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse: What Traumatherapy, Justice and Prevention Need to Know

The Perpetrators – who are they and how do they act?

Professor Wolfgang Berner’s keynote speech gives an overview of the personality structure, the motivations and the development of perpetrators. By using various typologies, the differences between the biographies of perpetrators are outlined. Additionally, the various strategies used by perpetrators in their approach to their victims are discussed and distinctions made between offences that are premeditated to a greater or lesser extent. Why are these violations happening and what impact do seduction and violence have on the actions of perpetrators? Are there psychological or psychodynamic models that can explain how a person becomes a perpetrator? Professor Wolfgang Berner will be addressing these questions in his speech.

The Therapy – what to do, what works and how?

Professor Wolfgang Berner will build on the previous discussion. He will describe the most effective ways of treating offenders in line with evidence from the current research base. He will explain how treatment works and what the limitations of the treatment are. The context and treatment setting is very important, particularly the matters of voluntariness, motivation or compulsion for treatment. Should perpetrators be forced to attend treatment by the justice system or not? What impact does compulsory attendance have on the therapists

What are the goals of the psychotherapeutic treatment of perpetrators? What are the potentials and the limitations of the treatment?

What impact do perpetrators’ own histories of sexual victimisation have? How can dealing with perpetrators’ own trauma be embedded in treatment?

What about perpetrators who cannot be treated? How do we distinguish between “treatable” and “untreatable”?

Prof. Wolfgang Berner, Hamburg

Prof. Wolgang Berner was the Director of the Institute of Sex Research and Forensic Psychiatry, University Clinic of Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany.

16:15

16:30

Short break

16:30

17:45

Parallel Sessions 4

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17:45

19:00

Break

19:00

23:00

Social Event on the "Gurten"

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