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The issue of dignity has become very important in times of globalization and populism. For the exploitation of the weak and the conquest of power by means of proclaiming hate slogans is always accompanied by the violation of human dignity. Overwhelming experiences through trauma also leave deep traces on the level of the psychological injuries and violate the dignity of those affected. Therefore, this year we dedicate ourselves to dignity as a value that needs to be nurtured again on a broad scale and to the mental injuries that often prevent this and are marked by shame and guilt.

Dr. Peter A. Levine

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. (USA) is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing® and the President of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. He holds doctorate degrees in both Medical Biophysics and Psychology. During his forty plus year study of stress and trauma, Dr. Levine has contributed to a variety of scientific, medical, and popular publications.  

His best selling book, Waking the Tiger; Healing Trauma, is available in 24 languages. He is author of "It Won't Hurt Forever", a guide to the prevention and healing of trauma with children. Together with Maggie Kline he published: "Trauma-Proofing your Kids", a parents' guide to instilling confidence, joy and resillience. The culmination of his life's work you find in "In An Unspoken Language", where he explains the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and psyche. His newest book "Trauma and Memory" has just been released. There Peter Levine tackles the most difficult and controversial question whether we can trust our memories or not. Peter was a consultant for NASA during the development of the Space Shuttle, and has taught at hospitals and pain clinics in both Europe and the U.S., as well as at the Hopi Guidance Center in Arizona.

Prof. Dr. med. Gerald Hüther (DE)

Gerald Hüther, Doctor of Natural Sciences, MD, neurobiologist. Member of the Executive Board of the Akademie für Potentialentfaltung (Academy for the Unfolding of Human Potential). Gerald Hüther is one of the best known brain researchers in Germany. In practical terms, his main focus is on research related to neurobiological prevention research in the context of various initiatives and projects. The author of several non-fiction books, he gives lectures, organizes conferences, works as an advisor to politicians and entrepreneurs and is is a frequent guest on radio and TV shows.

This way, he is a knowledge mediator and implementer in one person. Dr. Gerald Hüther completed his studies and research in Leipzig and Jena, followed by research at the Max-Planck-Institute for experimental Medicine in Göttingen since 1979. He was awarded a Heisenberg scholarship of the German Research Foundation and held a position as a Professor for Neurobiology at the University of Göttingen from 2004 to 2016. From 1994 to 2006, he headed a research department at the Psychiatric Hospital in Göttingen which had been established by himself. Between 2006 and 2016, his focus was on the dissemination of research results related to neurobiological prevention research. In 2015, he founded and began to manage the Akademie für Potentialentfaltung. His public relations work aims at disseminating and implementing scientific findings from modern brain research. He views himself as someone helping to bridge the gap between scientific findings on one hand and their practical implications for the everyday life of our society and of its individual citizens on the other. All his activities strive to help create more favorable conditions for the unfolding of human potential.

Host: Dr. Urs Honauer

Dr. phil. Urs Honauer Urs (CH) is the director of the Polarity Center and the Center for Inner Ecology in Zürich, Switzerland. He is also the founder of the Learning Festival in Weggis and the originator of the communication model AUTHENTIC COMMUNICATION (AK) which he also teaches himself. He has long been involved in adult education and has taught among others in trainings like Somatic Experiencing (SE), Polarity, and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).

In his private practice he works with people of all ages (from infants to senior citizens). He holds a Master’s degree in psychology, education and journalism and a doctorate in the field of social education at the University of Zurich; Masters in Psychosocial Trauma at the Psychiatric Polyclinic of the University of Zurich. Studies in Polarity Therapy and Craniosacral Balancing with Dr. John Beaulieu in New York, Prenatal- and Birth Therapy with Dr. Ray Castellino, Process-Oriented psychology with Dr. Arnold Mindell, and Somatic Experiencing with Dr. Peter A. Levine.

Over the years, the Zurich Trauma Days have become an important meeting place for people interested in the complex consequences of trauma. Being able to experience Gerald Hüther and Peter A. Levine together on one occasion is the gift of this year's event - which - as an exception - has been postponed to September this year.