Psychology of Traumatised Communities as Whole Entities
Free Public Lecture
Seminar Room 515, level 5
207 Bouverie Street
T: 8344 4037
The focus on community resilience has largely been on how it is organised (e.g. social network analysis) or individually experienced (e.g. psychological sense of community). This presentation on traumatised community is based on a new psychology of community that considers how it might function as a whole. It will discuss the mechanism of collective trauma and regression, in context of large group psychology, and also the notion of culture as the collective/group mind, especially its unconscious dimension.
Dr Eugen Koh, Honorary Senior Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Dr Eugen Koh
Honorary Senior Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
University of Melbourne
Dr Eugen Koh is a Consultant Psychiatrist at St Vincent’s Hospital and psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice; previously Director of the Dax Centre, and CASSE. He has a special interest in individuals with childhood trauma and is consulted by traumatised communities internationally. He has been developing a psychoanalytic concept of traumatised communities drawing on his experience with the communities of aboriginal people in Central Australia, and survivors of the Holocaust, natural disasters such bushfire and tsunami, and the sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland.