11th Annual Zurich Trauma Days:
Dignity and the Wounding of the Soul


Date: 1st day:
17 Sep 2020
2nd day:
18 Sep 2020
3rd day:
19 Sep 2020
Time: each 10:00–17:30
Teacher: Dr. Peter A. Levine (USA)
Prof. Dr. Gerald Hüther (DE)
Language: English translated into German
German translated into English
Costs: CHF 830

Tagespässe: 300 CHF

Course location: Zürich

Kronensaal beim Zehntenhausplatz in Zürich Affoltern

Support for self-development and self-healing after difficult experiences

First day: Dr. PETER A. LEVINE
Shame and Dignity

Chronic shame is a highly destructive emotion that people often for a long, long time. It is comparable to Cancer. First, there's "tumor" - maybe it comes initially from a severe scolding by one parent or teacher, together with a loss of contact and Loss of confidence. The embarrassing "metastasized" part is spreading, infects the entire organism, makes the body collapse, pollutes the mind and undermines our basic sense of well-being and our dignity.

This long worn toxic shame is associated with a very specific posture and a corresponding autonomous pattern. It is a pattern similar to that of experienced trauma - including states of over- and under-excitation, and separation and loneliness. The opposite body experience of shame is the direct experience of the somatic/autonomous attitude of dignity and Proud. It is physiologically impossible to hold shame inside oneself for long. if we as human beings hold a rooted and embodied feeling of inner dignity (and also pride) within us. When we have this dynamic relationship within the framework of a therapeutic alliance, can turn shame into a core feeling of self-esteem and compassion for oneself will be transformed themselves. This integrative process is essential for the promotion of general health and an emerging Feeling of dignity and being yourself.

Second day: Prof. Dr. med. GERALD HÜTHER
Developing our Innate Potentials

From entanglement to development: Unfolding our potential through the reorganization of ingrained patterns in the brain.

After birth, the neuronal connections initially formed in the human brain are structured according to the experiences made with the respective relationship persons. Inevitably, this leads to entanglements between one's own inherent abilities and the relationship patterns found around us, which are set by adults. These more or less pronounced entanglements prevent the development of the potential inherent in a person. Therefore, development, i.e. the release from the respective entanglements, is the critical prerequisite for getting a process of development and unfolding going again

Such a development would have to be actively sought by the person concerned, i.e. wanted by him or herself. The aim of "reconnecting the disconnected" requires a reactivation of these inhibited and thus disconnected parts via the respective neural networks. The person concerned would therefore have to rediscover in himself or herself what s/he has suppressed in the course of socialisation (e.g. joy of life, desire to learn, creative will). Standardised therapy methods are not suitable for this. The decisive impulse for such a developmental, evolutionary process is the deep contact with one's own split-off parts.

3rd day: Prof. Dr. med. GERALD HÜTHER
Healing Power of Love

Every human being is born with two basic needs, which determine his entire life: the need for connection on one hand and the need for autonomy on the other.

In a world that is constantly changing through our own actions, we can only remain healthy if we, as cognizant people, are prepared to constantly change ourselves as well. And we are able to do so. At least we have a brain that enables us to do so.

What makes us sick is not the mental stress, the physical wear and tear or the many pathogens that are everywhere. We get sick because we arrange our lives according to ideas that make us sick. In order to stay healthy, we must free ourselves from these ideas. But we will only be able to do so when we find (or rediscover) something that is much more important and attractive to us than all of the convoluted and disease-causing ideas we have pursued so far.

Fortunately, there is something that will inevitably, i.e. on its own, free us from all these entanglements and lead us into an evolutionary development when we find it within ourselves or better: find it again or maybe just allow it. This universal remedy has a name: It is love.

But before you sink into your chair with a transfigured look on your face: This love, which we refer to here, has nothing to do with what most people think it is.

"No human being cannot develop the potentials invested in him if his dignity is violated by others or if he himself violates his own dignity." (Gerald Hüther)

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 …

Prof. Dr. Gerald Hüther

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 …