Hermann Beland studied Protestant Theology. He is a psychoanalyst (DPV, IPA, DGPT) in private praxis in Berlin. He is a Supervisor and Training Analyst of the German Psychoanalytic Association (DPV) in which he held leadership positions from 1984 to 1992. He published on prejudice, anti-Semitism, the role of projections in destructive outbreaks and wars, and in collective mourning. He co-organized group conferences for national and international groups in conflicts, and is a member PCCA. His collected papers on psychoanalysis and interpretation of ancient and modern literature are published in two volumes: Die Angst vor Denken und Tun (2008); Unaushaltbarkeit (2011).
Louisa Diana Brunner: I was born in Cambridge (UK) and brought up in Trieste (Italy), which is on the border with former Yugoslavia, now of Slovenia and Croatia. I was educated in Italy and in England. I live in Milan (Italy). I am a Founding Member and Treasurer of PCCA and have worked on the PCCA project since the first Cyprus Conference in 2004. The theme of "European perpetrators and victims" impacts deeply my life experience and identity. I am a leadership, management and organisational consultant. My background is in Political Science, Organisational Theory, Psycho-Social Studies and Group Relations.
Shmuel Erlich was born in Frankfurt a/M, Germany, raised in Israel, educated in the US, and returned to Israel in 1971. He is a psychoanalyst in private practice and consults to organizations. He held the Sigmund Freud Chair in Psychoanalysis at the Hebrew University, played a key role in introducing Group Relations to Israel, and is a Founding Member of OFEK (The Israel Association for the Study of group and Organizational Processes) and of PCCA (Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities). He is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and past-president of the Society, and on the Board of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is co-author (with Mira Erlich-Ginor and Hermann Beland) of "Fed with Tears, Poisoned with Milk - The Nazareth Group Relations Conferences: The Past in the Present" and has published on psychoanalysis, organizational dynamics and Group Relations.
Veronika Grueneisen: I began my professional career in adult education, focusing on the interrelatedness of private and socio-political life and applying my understanding of political responsibility, gained through learning about National Socialism, World War II and the Holocaust. I came to value psychoanalysis and its contribution to understanding unconscious aspects of group processes and family dynamics. After training as a psychoanalyst and an organisational consultant, I attended the first Nazareth Conference, which had a lasting impact on my understanding of being a “second generation” German. Since 2000 I have been on the staff of the Nazareth and Cyprus conferences. I am a founding member and chairperson of Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities – one of many ways of trying to live up to my personal and political responsibility related to the past, but also to the present and future.
Oren Kaplan: I am currently Associate Dean and Academic Director of the MBA Management & Business Psychology Program, School of Business Administration, The College of Management, Rishon Le-Zion, Israel. I also have a prolonged interest in research and treatment of post-trauma. I worked in a PTSD diagnostic center and practiced PTSD psychotherapy through hypnosis, EMDR, CBT, in addition to psychodynamic and existential perspectives. In the last few years my focus has been on applied research of positive psychology and resilience. I recently established a research chair aimed at developing both prevention and “post-traumatic growth” models and interventions for PTSD and depression.
Olya Khaleelee has a German Jewish and Persian Moslem heritage. She is a corporate psychologist and organisational consultant, working with senior managers and organisations in transition. She has had a long association with the Tavistock Institute, was the first female director of the Tavistock Leicester Conference, the first Director of OPUS: an Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society, and is a past Chairwoman of the London Centre for Psychotherapy.
Marina Mojović was born in Serbia in 1959, educated in the USA, Germany, UK and Serbia. She is a psychiatrist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, training group-analyst, and runs small, medium and large inpatient and outpatient groups for over two decades, even during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. She is founder of the ‘Section for Psychodynamic Studies of Institutions, Organizations and Society’ at the Group Analytic Society-Belgrade, member of International-GAS, EFPP, AEP, EGATIN, IAGP, OPUS and ISPSO, and has convened OPUS 'Listening Post' in Serbia. She is currently involved in the international project of the ‘Social Unconscious’ and the conceptualization of ‘social-psychic retreats’ in trans-generational transmission of social trauma, and teaches and writes in the field.
Jona Rosenfeld: I am a social worker, born in Germany, and have spent most of my life in Israel. I studied in England, Jerusalem, and for my PhD in Chicago, USA. My major occupations were studying, practicing, researching, teaching and then heading the School of Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. All along I also practiced as a psychotherapist. I am currently writing a book about my work, provisionally titled: "From Exclusion to Reciprocity," in which I address issues related to "learning from success" as well as "ongoing learning in human services".
Miriam Shapira: I started my professional way in dynamic psychotherapy with individuals and families, specializing with youth. In time I got to know and appreciate other approaches, especially in my work with trauma and loss. As part of my specialization in adolescence, I consulted to various groups in the educational and community field. I believe a healthy environment is needed to raise healthy and well developed children, which means family, community and society. In 1992 I founded with colleagues, and headed, BESOD SIACH, an association for promoting dialogue among conflicting groups in Israel, and took up consultancy and directing roles in its conferences. I also joined OFEK and was on staff in its conferences. I am director of MAHUT – Center for preparedness and coping with emergency and crisis, in which we worked with families and communities uprooted from Gush Katif, and those threatened and injured by terror attacks in Judea and Samaria.
Edward R. Shapiro is the Former Medical Director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. A board certified psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, family researcher, and organizational consultant, he is on the faculty of Yale and Harvard Medical Schools. A Fellow of the A.K. Rice Institute, the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Psychoanalysis, he is the author (with A. Wesley Carr, Ph.D., Former Dean of Westminster) of Lost in Familiar Places: Creating New Connections between the Individual and Society (Yale, 1991) and editor of The Inner World in the Outer World (Yale, 1997).
Milena Stateva: I was born in Bulgaria in 1976, but my life over the last nearly ten years is both in Bulgaria and the UK. I am a Senior Researcher/Consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (UK). My professional experience covers working for years across national borders and disciplinary boundaries on understanding trauma and violence. This includes psychotherapy of survivors of gender-based violence, conceptual and empirical research, training/consultancy and policy development (especially in Europe’s new democracies). My current endeavor is to enhance groups and organisations tasked with containing anxiety, managing vulnerability and working through traumas by working with experiences and deploying rigor from psychology (MA), social and political thought (MA), groups and systems dynamics (PGC), and sociology (PhD).
Dorothee von Tippelskirch-Eissing: I am a psychoanalyst in private practice in Berlin. I am on the Board of the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute and chair the Committee on Outreach and Interdisciplinary Dialogue of the German Psychoanalytic Association. I had studied Protestant Theology and Psychology and focused on how Christian history and tradition contributed to the genesis of anti-Semitism that led to the persecution and murder of Jews in Nazi-Germany and Europe. My way into Group Relations work was through the “Nazareth” conferences, the project of Germans and Israelis: The Past in the Present. I am a member of PCCA (Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities) and have worked in various Group Relations Conferences in different roles. Since the founding in Berlin in 2001 of the Abraham Geiger College for training Rabbis and Cantors I have been involved in developing the college, structuring its work, and evaluating candidates in their training and preparation for work in Jewish congregations.