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The Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute


The 2014 Merle Jordan Conference

Terror, Trauma, and the Sacred:

Psychological, Clinical, and Religious Perspectives

Conference Description:

It is psychologically, and even existentially, challenging to live in a world marked by persistent pockets of fear and mistrust which can contribute to traumatic ruptures in the lives of individuals and communities. Terror and trauma often form a circular process in which traumatic experiences establish templates of terror and hostility. In the United States, contemporary media sources depict certain obvious public episodes of terrorism and other forms of violence, and yet non-dominant groups encounter both historical legacies and ongoing challenges with systemic trauma-inducing terrorism. Embedded in these systemic processes are implicit views of both otherness and the sacred. While trauma, diversity, and spirituality are all popular topics in the mental health field today, they are often approached as discrete areas. Responsible work in the helping professions and in spiritual and religious leadership increasingly requires a complex and integrative understanding of how these dimensions intersect and relate, which necessitates a robust understanding of psychology, diversity, spirituality, and clinical theology.

Thank you to all of our presenters and to all who attended for making this year’s Merle Jordan conference such a wonderful success! You can now view all presentations from the event below.


Merle Jordan Conference Session 1

Dr Charles Strozier

Merle Jordan Conference Session 2

Dr Janet Helms

Merle Jordan Conference Session 3

Dr Bessel van der Kolk

Merle Jordan Conference Session 4

Panel Discussion