Peace Psychology – Københavns Universitet

Peace-psychology and protection of vulnerable groups
- psychosocial risk reduction and recovery 

Open conference 

January 30, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


University of Copenhagen. Lecture Hall CSS 34.0.01 -
Centre for Health and Society
Øster Farimagsgade 5A
1353 Copenhagen K

Organised and sponsored by the University of Copenhagen, Institute of Psychology, Centre for Multi-Ethnic Trauma Research, and the Scandinavian peer-reviewed journal Psyke & Logos, IRCT (International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, Paamiut Asasara & Bikuben Foundation, Save the Children DK, the Master of Disaster Management at the University of Copenhagen and Lund University, Sweden.

There is no conference fee.



9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Opening speeches by the University of Copenhagen; Secretary-General of IRCT, Brita Sydhoff; and Director of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, Nana Wiedemann.

9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Introduction - Peter Berliner & Julio Arenas.

9:40 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Building cultures of peace that protect human rights
Joseph de Rivera, Ph.D. Professor; Director of Peace Studies Program. Department of Psychology,
Clark University, USA.

10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.


10:40 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Testimonies - combining treatment and community development in the rehabilitation of torture survivors: healing through social justice
Elisabeth Lira. Director of the Centre for Ethics at Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile.

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Rights and Responsibilities: Creating Safe Environments for Children and Youth
Judi Fairholm, National Technical Director, Fairholm spearheaded the growth of Canadian Red Cross Respected: Violence & Abuse, Canada.

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Torture and Children
José Quiroga, MD, Medical Director, Program for Torture Victims, Los Angeles, USA.
Vice President of IRCT.

1:40 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Child protection in emergencies
Anne-Sophie Dybdal, Child Protection Advisor, Save the Children, DK.

2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.


2:40 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Symposium: Mobilization of psychosocial support in communities and families.
José Gongora Navarro, Ph.D. Professor, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain,
Laila Joergensen, representative, the Group of Young Mothers, Paamiut Asasara, Greenland,
Line Natascha Larsen, Researcher, Ph.D. fellow, University of Copenhagen, Denmark,
Peter Berliner, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Open dialogue and shared reflection