Reconstructing Meaning in the Aftermath of Collective Trauma

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This webinar was broadcasted live on October 20, 2022 as part of the Collective Trauma Conference

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Collective trauma is a cataclysmic event. It not only threatens the physical existence of the individuals and groups involved, but also constitutes a crisis of meaning.

In this presentation, we will distinguish between individual trauma and collective trauma, and delineate the commonalities and differences between types of collective trauma. We will also discuss the impact of collective trauma at the immediate level and over time through collective memory.

Because collective trauma is transgenerational, it continues to affect subsequent generations of the group involved across time and space. Some of these effects are deleterious, such as the influence of collective historical trauma on contemporary intergroup conflict. But others are constructive, such as the effects of trauma on collective vigilance to threats and group survival.

We will also present the process by which trauma may culminate in a system of meaning that allows groups to redefine who they are and where they are going.

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be better able to—

  • Understand what collective trauma is; how it is similar to yet different from individual trauma; and how there are distinct types of collective trauma
  • Understand the effects of collective trauma on individuals and communities both immediately and long-term
  • Learn from history as to how different people facing different traumas coped with the trauma that often shaped their national identity
  • Understand how collective trauma—that is in essence a destructive force—may be redirected into a constructive meaning-building process
  • Identify the factors that predict destructive vs. constructive responses to collective trauma

Gilad Hirschberger is Professor of social and political psychology at Reichman University, Israel.

Gilad’s work focuses on collective existential threats and on how threat perceptions influence and shape political cognitions. This work is guided by a multidimensional model of existential threats that he recently developed. In his research, he focuses on threats located in the past that cast a long shadow on the present, such as the memory of collective trauma, as well as on the perception of threats looming in the future, such as the Iranian nuclear threat. This research also distinguishes between threats of commission that are immediate and local (e.g., terrorism) and threats of omission that are universal and slow to develop (e.g., climate change; viral pandemic). Studying populations worldwide, Gilad shows that the perception of these threats is contingent on political ideology such that liberals and conservatives perceive certain threats while ignoring others.

Professor Hirschberger also conducts applied research for various non-government organizations. This research, aiming to define the parameters of a sustainable agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, includes opinion polls and experimental surveys conducted on the general Israeli population and on specific West-Bank settler populations.

Aside from publishing over 90 academic papers and book chapters, Gilad Hirschberger also occasionally writes for magazines and newspapers in Israel (e.g., aaretz, YNet, Alaxon) and the US (Washington Post). His book Group Survival: The Psychology of Collective Threat is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

TimeTopic Covered
1st hour
  • Understand what collective trauma is; how it is similar to yet different from individual trauma; and how there are distinct types of collective trauma
  • Understand the effects of collective trauma on individuals and communities both immediately and long-term
  • Learn from history as to how different people facing different traumas coped with the trauma that often shaped their national identity
2nd hour
  • Understand how collective trauma—that is in essence a destructive force—may be redirected into a constructive meaning-building process
  • Identify the factors that predict destructive vs. constructive responses to collective trauma

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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals, including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
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This course is an intermediate-advanced level.

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