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Guest speaker biography

Anngwyn St. Just, Ph.D

Social traumatologist

Anngwyn is a systemically oriented social traumatologist who holds advanced degrees from The Western Institute for Social Research and the University of California in Berkeley. She is also a cultural historian, psychotherapist and somatic educator who specializes in developing multimodal cross cultural methods based upon easily transmitted concepts for trauma education and recovery.

Currently the director of The Arizona Center for Social Trauma and ACST International, she has served as advisor to the Drug and Alcohol Studies Program at the University of California at Berkeley. For over 40 years she has maintained a co-creative relationship with Peter Levine. Anngwyn St. Just has traveled widely in North and South America, Europe and Russia teaching innovative ways of healing individual and social trauma. Dr. St. Just is the author of numerous articles and her new books are now available:

Trauma: Time, Space and Fractals

Relative Balance in an Unstable World: A Search for New Models of Trauma Education and Recovery (Carl-Auer-Verlag, Heidelberg)

A Question of Balance - a systemic approach to understanding and resolving trauma (2008 Amazon)

Conference session

Trauma: Time, Space and Fractals

In unresolved trauma, the past is always present and the experience of overwhelming life events can alter our perceptions of both time and space. A fractal vision of trauma views our individual human experiences, relationships, and families as an integral part of a much greater whole which includes Nature, culture and historical context. We live in a fractal Universe and time itself is a fractal phenomenon. What time is it really...in our lives, family, career, culture, country and on the planet? This seminar explores the role of linear and non-linear time and the perception of time in understanding the causes, experience and healing of individual, family and social trauma.