In Collaboration with the William Alanson White Institute: Trauma as Silence, Trauma as Speech

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
May 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Stephen Frosh, MPhil, PhD, is professor of psychology in the Department of Psychosocial Studies (which he founded) at Birkbeck, University of London. He was pro-vice-master of Birkbeck from 2003 to 2017. He has a background in academic and clinical psychology and was consultant clinical psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic, London, throughout the 1990s. He has authored many books and papers on psychosocial studies and on psychoanalysis. His books include: Hauntings: Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions (Palgrave, 2013); A Brief Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory (Palgrave, 2012); Feelings (Routledge, 2011); Psychoanalysis Outside the Clinic (Palgrave, 2010); For and Against Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2006); Hate and the Jewish Science: Anti-Semitism, Nazism and Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 2005); After Words (Palgrave, 2002); and Simply Freud (Simply Charly, 2018). His most recent book is Those Who Come After: Postmemory, Acknowledgement and Forgiveness (Palgrave, 2019). His current research interests are in processes of acknowledgement and recognition after social violence and in questions of social and ethnic identity.  He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, an academic associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society, a founding member of the Association of Psychosocial Studies, and an honorary member of the Institute of Group Analysis.


The literature on trauma emphasizes the difficulty of speaking about terrible events. But hard as this is, it may be the failures of listening that really count: the difficulty that witnesses have when faced with the demand to listen to a testimony that implicates them directly or indirectly; or requires some kind of painful action in response; or possibly simply shows how emotionally challenging it is to witness a suffering that cannot be remedied. This talk draws on psychoanalysis to explore the haunting effects of such unrecognized experiences, focusing especially on historical, social trauma. A key question is how to respond to these in ways that allow silenced voices to be heard.

This presentation is designed for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, with no regular registration fee. View the entire schedule for the 2018-19 Friday Night Guest Lecture Series.


The Austen Riggs Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category1 Credit(s)

The Austen Riggs Center also designates this live activity for 1.00 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology and social work.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at 244 CMR 5.00 for 1.0 contact hours.

The Austen Riggs Center, #1344, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 02/02/2017-02/02/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 continuing education clock hours. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

For a listing of jurisdictions that accept ACE, please visit www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/.

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No registration required. For more information contact Kathleen Young at 413.931.5230. 


1.5 Hours