En Plo publications and the Youth and Family Foundation of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens , on the occasion of the release of Pelis Galitis' new book: TRAUMA AND MIRACLE - Stories of Mental Resilience and Forgiveness , are organizing, on Saturday, October 22, at the Divani Caravel Hotel in Athens, Conference on:
Trauma and Wonder:
The impact of childhood trauma on school, family and society: the proposition of forgiveness
- Peli Galiti , M.Ed, Ph.D. Psychopedagogue, Author
- Grigoris Vasiliadis , M.Sc. Ph.D. Psychologist Psychotherapist
- Angeliki Mastromihalaki , M.Ed Ph.D. Educator, Author.
- Fr. Antonios Kalligeris , Coordinator of the "Initiative" program for the prevention of domestic violence - Educator
- Maria Koukofiki , Msc School Social Worker
- Matina Kroustalaki , Educator
- Father Charalambos Papadopoulos (Libyan), Theologian - Author
- Klimis Pyrunakis , Coordinator of the Support Network for Incarcerated and Released Women
A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE THEMATIC CONTENT OF THE DAY
The stressful situations experienced by the society are inevitably transferred to the family and the school, with the result that the mental state of the students is affected as well as their performance at school. Many children often experience pain and trauma (loss, relationship difficulties, rejection, bullying) from a very tender age. Acts of bullying, injustice, rejection, and all kinds of traumatic childhood experiences create many negative effects in the short and long term. The heavier the event and the deeper the trauma, the slower its healing . Many coping strategies have been proposed with limited success.
The forgiveness program is a scientifically proven approach to dealing with traumatic events with very good results in the area of family, school, work, prisons, etc. It targets the deeper feelings of anger and hatred that almost always trigger aggressive acts. It cultivates a culture of acceptance rather than tolerance, recognizing the need for interconnectedness and unity that leads us to "me and the other" instead of "me or the other."
Despite the alienation created by our culture and the transformation of basic structural and functional relationships of family, school and social life, the proposal of forgiveness is an alternative and innovative approach to anger management, to dealing with aggressive behavior, rejection by the group, of anxiety, depression, school bullying, victimization and loneliness. .. Forgiveness benefits not only the physical and mental health of the person who applies it, but also improves the relationships of coexistence and cooperation between people. He bends to the needs of the abuser and the internal situations he experiences and instead of treating him as a violator, or an offender who needs to be punished, he recognizes his personal anxieties and needs and especially his need to belong somewhere and to be noticed by someone.
Through forgiveness training, students practice pain tolerance, mental toughness, and bravery in order to reverse the transmission of anger and bitterness, not only toward those who hurt them but also toward those around them. They learn to discover the hidden strengths within themselves, their inherent worth, their good self and thus transform their trauma into something wonderful and flourish. They realize that however great the pain they have experienced, unhappiness and anger are not the only response options Taking responsibility for their behavior, with compassion and empathy for the difficult and irritable other, without blaming, they decide to come together , thus healing their wounds and making a new beginning with meaning!