A review of the Transcending Trauma Conference— Lucy Raizman & Bea Hollander-Goldfein


On December 2-3, 2001, the Transcending Trauma Conference sponsored by Penn Council for Relationships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, provided a rare opportunity for the sharing and acquisition of knowledge. What made this conference different? There were many factors, but the most significant was the fact that the presentations were based on the multiple realities of the trauma experience as described by trauma survivors. Discussions of theories and ideas served only to enhance the understanding of the complexity of human adaptation to horror and devastation. The words and stories of survivors themselves and their family members offered insights that described the impact of trauma and their unique experiences of coping, adapting and rebuilding their lives.