Psychological Impact of College Violence on Israel and U.S. to be Explored in Workshop

Berger will discuss the impact of terrorism on the individual, professional community, society and culture.

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

NOTE: Journalists are welcome but must RSVP by contacting Dr. Berger in advance at Riberger@netvision.net.il and agree to ground rules for protecting the confidentiality of participants.

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November 9, 2004

PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT OF COLLECTIVE VIOLENCE ON ISRAEL AND U.S. TO BE EXPLORED IN WORKSHOP BY INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EXPERT, TUESDAY, NOV. 9, AT PACE UNIVERSITY

WHO: Rony Berger, PhD, director of community services for Natal – The Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War. Berger, a clinical psychologist, is an internationally recognized expert in dealing with psychological preparation for and aftermath of terrorist attacks. Berger brings years of experience in work with victims of terrorist attack, emergency relief medical teams, first responders and direct clinical providers.

Berger will discuss the impact of terrorism on the individual, professional community, society and culture. Specific issues will be the effects of living under conditions of uncertainty and ongoing threat on personal security, interpersonal relationships, perceptions of the “other,” and the collective identity. Berger will also present suggestions about how to cope.

WHAT: Pace University workshop: “Society Under Siege: Is there a National Trauma Syndrome?” Over the last decade, increased acts of terrorism around the world, causing immeasurable suffering, have led to unprecedented challenges for understanding the extent and nature of impact and planning effective response. This workshop will explore the psychological impact of collective violence and trauma on Israeli society, the United States and other parts of the world.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 9, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pace University, One Pace Plaza, Lecture Hall South, New York City.

As a private metropolitan university, Pace has a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It is one of the ten founders of Project Pericles, developing education that encourages lifelong participation in democratic processes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Approximately 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu.

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