Individual Presentation:
• Ruth Lijtmaer: Strangers in Their Own Land: Where Is a Safe Place to Go? Displaced People Lost Everything and Have Nothing (60 min)

Abstract: Tragically, in the recent wars (Ukraine and now Israel) people have been forced to flee their homes due to extreme, catastrophic conditions resulting from violence, and human rights violations.

They are displaced to unknown places where there is no comfort and basic necessities are not met. Seeing family members dying, women raped, children orphaned, created a desperation and lack of trust in governments as well as lack of faith in the future. The impact of these multiple losses (loss of home, family, community, culture, and social networks) is a traumatic experience. There is a reactivation of prior traumas, an apres-coup in the context of these current threats.

Bio: Ruth M. Lijtmaer, PhD, is a Senior supervisor, training analyst and faculty at the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey. In private practice, Ridgewood, New Jersey. Board member of IFPE from 2015 to 2022. Now Co-Chair of the Social Responsibility Committee IFPE. She presents papers nationally and internationally as well as published articles and book chapters in topics like immigration, social responsibility, human rights violations, trauma, and race.

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