Dr Gabor Maté to take part in Trauma Summit in Belfast this month

Trauma and addiction expert Dr Gabor Maté will be appearing at a special summit in Belfast later this month.

The Trauma Summit 2024 will take place over two days at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Belfast on June 17 and 18 and will see a range of expert speakers provide insights and interventions into trauma resolution and recovery.

It will see speakers talk about their experiences of trauma treatment through a compassionate lens and the importance of prioritising empathy and holistic well-being.

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The event has been organised by Northern Irish charity Action Trauma who said: "This conference invites you to explore the latest insights and interventions from psychological, neurobiological and cultural perspectives. Review the principles of trauma-informed care and how organisations and communities can integrate these principles and interventions into their practice.

"Take time to consider the hard questions and how you can ensure services are trauma-informed and compassionate. Join us in building a compassionate society that supports growth and resilience on a collective journey healing trauma together. Let’s come together, learn from each other and change the world for future generations where compassion is the cornerstone of trauma-informed practices."

The lead speaker at the event will be holocaust survivor and world leading addiction and trauma specialist Dr Gabor Maté, who will be putting on a presentation titled 'Based on The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture'.

This will discuss how chronic illnesses are viewed by western medicine in terms of predispositions and habits.

A statement on his website says: "Western medicine imposes two separations, neither tenable scientifically. First, it separates mind from the body, largely assuming that most chronic illnesses have nothing to do with people’s emotional and psychological experiences.

"And yet, a large and irrefutable body of research has clearly shown that physiologic and behavioural functioning of human beings can be understood only if we integrate our body functions with those of the mind: functions such as awareness, emotions, our interpretations of and responses to events, and our relationships with other people.

"Second, Western practice views people’s health as separate from the social environment, ignoring social determinants of health such as class, gender, economic status, and race. Such factors, in reality, are more important influences on health and longevity than individual predispositions and personal factors such as genes, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and so on.

"This talk shows how a society dedicated to material pursuits rather than genuine human needs and spiritual values stresses its members, undermines healthy child development and dooms many to chronic illness, from diabetes to heart disease, from autoimmune conditions to cancer."

In-person tickets for the Trauma Summit have now sold out, however there are an unlimited number of digital ones available that will allow you to view it for six months.

For more information about the Trauma Summit 2024, please visit its website.

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