Täterintrojekte - Diagnostik und Behandlung eines bislang unterschätzten wichtigen Themas in der Psychotherapie
Symposium für trauma- und körperorientierte Psychotherapie
16. – 18. Juni 2011 in Leipzig
Psychotraumatologie, Psychoanalyse, Körperpsychotherapie, Hirnforschung, Affektforschung, Bindungsforschung, moderne systemische Psychotherapie für Erwachsene sowie für Kinder und Jugendliche

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We thank all speakers, participants and the many helpers for the succesfull completion of the symosium. We are happy for the increased interest of the subject, shown by the high number of participants.

The book "Slander and Betrayal" will be published approximately 2014 at Asanger Verlag.

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The English edition of the conference book from our last conference on Perpetrator Introjects is out now, published at Asanger Verlag.


Vogt, R. (Ed.) (2012). Perpetrator Introjects – Psychotherapeutic Diagnostics and Treatment Models


In the psychotherapeutic field, a lot has been written on “transferences”. Yet “perpetrator introjects” have been largely neglected even though violence remains an issue that has plagued humanity since ancient times. The dynamics in the relationship between victim and perpetrator is a very important dimension in psychophysical development and it has not been sufficiently researched yet. How can we explain the self-harming behavior some victims show, which paradoxically seems to resume the perpetrator’s intent? How do personal experiences with violence influence vicious circles of violence, suicidality or killing sprees?
The authors of this anthology examine the issue of “perpetrator introjects” from various perspectives and derive consequences for the treatment within different psychotherapeutic schools and settings. Case examples and the latest research results will provide therapists, colleagues from related fields, as well as interested laymen with insights into this difficult and extremely important issue.

Asanger Verlag, Kröning
ISBN 978-3-89334-563-2


Trauma Potentials IV: “Slander and Betrayal”

Main Symposium: Thursday – Saturday, June 13. – 15. 2013
Post Symposium: Sunday, June 16. 2013


Slander and Betrayal play an important role in the field of trauma and dissociation. Patients have made outrageously malignant experiences, which they disclose and process in therapy, therefore the issue is omnipresent.

Resuming the discussion on the specifics of perpetrator introjects, this symposium will examine violence at the limits of the imaginable which leads to extreme psychological ambivalence. The forward-looking wish to change vs. retrograde powers of stagnation. In this situation, the internal fight over values experiences a relational script, which will inevitably end in the destructive forces of slander and betrayal.
This maelstrom of chaotic information, vicious scheming and other deceitful motifs for destruction, mirrors the atmosphere of annihilation of the original trauma, reenacted today like a terrible sequel. At times, psychotherapists are completely blindsided by this and react with accordingly destructive actions.
These aspects play an important role, not only in the realm of therapy, but also in the social field of reference of the perpetrators, in the family of origin or among old friends. Slander and betrayal may be expressed by not offering or denying support, doubting credibility, or refusing to reform living conditions.
Naturally, all of this will happen under the disguise and within the framework of societal values or legal regulations. We are faced with this in many ways and areas, for instance, insidious criminals, who manage to get away on perfectly legal ground. Furthermore, slander and betrayal will always happen when newly developed theories or treatment methods for psychotherapy are introduced. Here, we encounter scheming scientists, who covertly sideline each other, eliminate each others merits and enviously obstruct progress.
This symposium will examine all of these occurrences with a trauma-specific as well as an interdisciplinary view. There will be positions from the field of psychotherapy, criminology and philosophy offering case examples and possible explanations to discuss.


Main Speakers:

Jennifer J. Freyd, Ph.D (US), is Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D in Psychology from Stanford University. Professor Freyd is an expert on the psychology of trauma and she directs a large laboratory investigating the causes and impact of trauma, particularly child abuse, on physical health, mental health, behavior, and society. Freyd is the author of the award-winning book Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse and her brand new book Blind to Betrayal: Why We Fool Ourselves We Aren't Being Fooled. She currently serves as the Editor of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. Her research has contributed significantly to us highlighting the conference topic.

Eli Somer, Ph.D. (IL), is the Past President of both the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). He is a clinical psychologist, an author of over 80 scientific publications and two books and a professor at the University of Haifa, Israel. He will talk about his valuable experiences regarding the professional defense of our treatment concepts.

Ellert Nijenhuis, Ph.D. (NL), has more than 20 years of experience in the work with traumatized patients. He is one of the leading researchers in the field of dissociation and speaker at many international conferences. Together with Prof. Onno van der Hart and Kathy Steele, he developed the theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality. Dr. Nijenhuis will talk about the meaning of slander and betrayal in the field of highly dissociative disorders. At the post symposium, he will introduce and elaborate his treatment model in the course of a day workshop.

Frances S. Waters, MSW, DCSW, LMFT (US), is a clinical social worker and licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. She is an internationally recognized educator, trainer, consultant and clinician in the area of childhood trauma, abuse and dissociation and has presented extensively, including training programs in Europe, Africa, South American and North America. She was the Past President of The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD). Fran Waters will talk about case examples of slander and betrayal in the field of dissociative children and their families and environment.

Bernd Nitzschke, Dr. phil. (DE), psychoanalyst, philosopher, sociologist and political scientist. He is working as psychoanalyst in private practice since 1988. Training analyst and therapist, supervisor and lecturer at various institutes. Founding member of psychoanalytic and philosophical journals. Dr. Nitzschke is a sought-after expert on the history of psychoanalysis in Germany. He will talk about slander and betrayal within the psychoanalytic expert community.

George F. Rhoades, Jr., Ph.D. (US), holds a PhD in clinical psychology and counselling. He has been on the board of the ISSTD since 2003 and is the director of the Ola Hou clinic in Hawaii. He is a specialist for the organization of psychological first aid for traumatized victims from war and disaster regions (e.g. Sudan). He will talk about conflict ridden case examples from his field in which slander and betrayal play an important role for instance in civil wars.

Manfred Thielen, Dr. (DE), behavioral and psychodynamic psychotherapist, bodytherapist and indicudual and group therapist, supervisor and training therapist. He is the director of the Institute for Body Psychotherapy Berlin. Since 2005, he is the delegate of the Psychotherapists Chambers. Since 2003, he is on the board of the German Society for Body Psychotherapy (DGK). He will talk about case examples from his body therapeutic practice in regard to slander and betrayal.

Wiebke Bruns (DE) is a psychologist, state approved sports teacher and psychotherapist in training. She is the Vice-President of the Psychotrauma-Centre Leipzig and a candidate for traumatherapist at the Leipzig Academy for Integrative Psychotherapy. On the basis of six years of experience, she will talk about slander and betrayal in low-threshold programs.

Julia Schellong (DE) is senior physician at the clinic and polyclinic for psychotherapy and psychosomatics of the University hospital Carl-Gustav-Carus Dresden. She works with traumatized patients at the outpatient department and offers an integrative traumatherapeutic treatment approach for in-patients. Research focus are resource oriented techniques and psychophysical modifications over the course of therapy. She will talk about long years of experience with loyalty and perpetrator-victim dynamics in regard to specific case examples from her clinical work.

Harald Requardt, Dipl.Soz.-Päd. (DE) is psychotherapist for children and adolescents, EMDR and PITT therapist, supervisor, training therapist for systemic therapy. Together wwith Gaby Breitenbach, he is the director of the Institute for Traumatherapy Villa Lindenfels in Stuttgart. He will talk about case examples from his practice, in which dissociative patients have been pushed into psychotic symptoms by betrayal. Betrayal of a magnitude, that for therapists the delusion might seem more plausible than the truth.

Winja Lutz (DE) is state approved care worker, holds a diploma of fine arts and a BA in psychology and is a candidate for trauma counselor. She has worked as care worker with traumatized adolescents in state care, as research assistant in a psychotherapeutic practice and as translator and interpreter in the field of trauma and dissociation. She will talk about the connection between betrayal trauma and a parental death wish towards their children and the impact this has on the development of dissociative symptoms.

Axel Petermann (DE) has been working with the Criminal Investigation Department for almost 40 years, 35 of those he’s been a homicide investigator, head of the homicide division and vice director of the division for violent offences. He is a profiler and has investigated over 1000 cases: homicide, accidents, suicides. He teaches criminology, advises the editorial department of a famous German TV crime series. He will talk about the internal dynamics of perpetrators, who have committed crimes, which included slander and betrayal.

Albert Newen (DE) is Professor for Philosophy at the University of Bochum and internationally renowned professor, holding various visiting professorships in the UK and the US. He is a frequent author for the journal Gehirn & Geist (brain and mind) and he is a very interdisciplinary researcher regarding the issues self-deception, self-awareness and authorship. He will talk about the philosophical dimension of betrayal in the history of mankind and about the limitations of the neurophysiological epistemology.

The organizers, DP Irina Vogt and Dr. Ralf Vogt, received the Fellowship Award of the ISSTD for outstanding theoretical and practical contributions (SPIM-20 model) in 2011. Dr. Ralf Vogt has been voted on the Board of Directors of the ISSTD.

Irina VogtDP Irina Vogt (DE) is a psychodynamic psychotherapist, EMDR therapist, SPIM-20 therapist, individual and group therapist, and body therapist for adults and children and adolescents. She is the Director of the Trauma-Institute –Leipzig. She will talk about her work with highly dissociative patients in regard to slander and betrayal.

Ralf VogtDr. Ralf Vogt (DE) is psychotherapist, psychotraumatherapist, family therapist, body therapist, EMDR therapist and SPIM-20 therapist. He is the author of the SPIM-20/30 model for individual and group therapy. He will talk about the specific problems of slander and betrayal in individual and group therapy with complex traumatized patients and introduce new research results together with Ms Lutz.