For three days, from December 17 through 19, 2023, I, Susan Fischer, sat in Pisa, Italy, glued to Elmer V, my trusty laptop, listening to sessions that formed part of the intensive, international online meeting, “Beyond Trauma: Has Clinical Practice Been Reduced to ‘Psycho-Traumatology’?” which was chaired by Susanna Federici, Gianni Francesetti, Michela Gecele, and Gianni Nebbiosi. The conference was accessible in English, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Italian, and I chose to listen in Italian, accomplishing two goals at once: enhancing my knowledge of trauma, and receiving auditory language practice in Italian. This conference was the result of dialogue and collaboration between two training institutes, Istituto Internazionale di Psicopatologia e Psicoterapia della Gestalt (IPsiG) and Istituto di Specializzazione in Psicologia del Se e Psicoanalisi Relazionale (ISIPSÉ), which endeavor to create engagement and debate between two different clinical approaches.

Thinking about trauma has returned to the forefront after existing only as a...

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