Associate Professor John Pead from Australia lectured us for two days about the results of Trauma associated with conflict such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He clearly defined Trauma as being an event in which you believe your life to be at risk. We looked at the process of ‘Allostatic Loads’ in which your body experiences wear and tear due to repeated cycles of stress and talked about the consequences of bitterness to an individual and to a community. John’s work is largely based with the aboriginal community in North East Australia and quite a bit of his work seems to revolve around the process of conflict being transferred from one generation to the next through “Transgenerational Trauma“. His style was very fluid and allowed me to reflect a lot upon some of the groups I’ve worked with at home.
John talking about Trauma related issues