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Existential Approaches to Interpersonal Trauma – Dr Marc Boaz – Oct 1 2022 @ 11 am – 1 pm BST

October 1, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Existential Approaches to Interpersonal Trauma

Presented by Dr Marc Boaz


The seminar will provide an introduction to different existential approaches to understanding
interpersonal trauma. Interpersonal trauma includes experiences of; childhood abuse and neglect,
domestic and partner abuse, rape and sexual violence, and inhumane, degrading and torturous
treatment. Marc will give and overview of perspectives from existential-phenomenological,
phenomenological-contextual, existential-humanistic, social phenomenological, logotherapeutic, and
existential analytic writers and practitioners. He will also outline his own approach of modal
existentialism, and explore how this could be used to understand trauma-related phenomena. Finally,
Marc will discuss how these approaches can be applied in practice to support people to make sense of
the trauma they have experienced.

Adversity and trauma-informed practices are increasingly becoming central to mental health service
provision, and practice in psychology and psychotherapy. Existentialism has tended to subsume ideas
about trauma into broader ideas about human suffering and crisis, and many existential practitioners
have had to rely on the ideas and approaches from other orientations and modalities to understand and
work with trauma. This seminar offers an initial introduction to the existential contributions to
understanding trauma, and offers some suggestions about how to work existentially with people who
have experienced interpersonal trauma.

This seminar is for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and psychiatrists who have and
interest, or have a background, in working with people who experienced interpersonal trauma. It is
also suitable for professionals working in wider mental health or allied health professions.
Attendees are encouraged to purchase a copy of the book in advance of the event, and will have time
to ask questions or provide their own reflections during the seminar. The book can be ordered through
the publishers website: https://www.routledge.com/An-Existential-Approach-to-Interpersonal-
Trauma-Modes-of-Existing-and-Confrontations/Boaz/p/book/9781032020600 , through an online
bookstore, or from your local book shop.

Dr Marc Boaz is an existential psychotherapist, member of SEA, and the author of the recent book
(2022) ‘An Existential Approach to Interpersonal Trauma’. Marc is a visiting Professor in Public
Mental Health, and a member of, and policy advisor to, the UK Trauma Council (UKTC) hosted by
the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.


This event will take place on Zoom. A link will be sent prior to the date.

SEA members enjoy a 25% discount at checkout.

A Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to participants.

If you think you have a new and interesting topic to share with us and would like to be our next speaker please don’t hesitate to contact our events organiser on events@existentialanalysis.org.uk.


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October 1, 2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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