Program Overview, Schedule, and Guidelines

6th Annual International Conference on

Transgenerational Trauma:

Communal Wounds and Victim Identities

October 12-14, 2016 ~ Amman, Jordan


  Sponsored by:
Common Bond Institute (CBI),
  Co-Sponsored by:
Michigan State University
Yarmouk University
Queen Rania Center for Jordanian Studies and Community Service
International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA)

International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)

  Endorsed and Supported by:
 over 100 professional associations, universities, and organizations internationally

  Official Partner of:
Charter for Compassion, and Parliament of World's Religions

"Aggressors and defenders alike have their own deeply embedded sense of original martyrdom and vision of righteous reckoning and moral worthiness - a vision that fortifies their self-image as reasonable defender and never aggressor, and a vision that unfortunately allows others to experience them in both roles." .... Steve Olweean

Program Schedule Outline:


Program Schedule Outline:

Thursday, October 12

8:30 am   *On-Site Registration & Check-in Opens
10:00 am - 12:00 pm: CONFERENCE OPENING
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch
  1:30 pm -  2:30 pm: Presentation Session - A
  2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Presentation Session - B
  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Presentation Session - C
   5:15 pm - 6:30 pm: Roundtable - D


Friday, October 13
10:00 am - 11:00 am: Presentation Session - E
11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Roundtable - F
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm: Plenary check-in
12:45 pm - 2:10 pm: Lunch
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm: Presentation Session - G
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm: Presentation Session - H
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Roundtable - I


Saturday, October 14

10:00 am - 11:00 am: Presentation Session - J
11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Presentation Session - K
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm: Plenary check-in
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm: Lunch
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm: Roundtable - L
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Break-out Dialogue & Action Planning Groups - M
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Reporting-In and Processing the Conference - N
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Conference Closing Ceremony

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm: Farewell Dinner Party

                                       (a final time to break bread together)

Program Components:


Program Components

A 3 day Schedule of:

1. Skills training workshops
2. Topical Panels and Interactive Roundtables
3. Keynote Speakers
4. Break-out Sessions of Practical, Research, and Theoretical Presentations
6. Facilitated Dialogue & Action Planning Groups
7. Live 2-Way Global Links to Other Countries
8. On-site Blogging and Live Streaming
9. Networking for Cooperation on Practical Applications
10. Interdisciplinary, Multi-cultural Learning Community
11. Social-Cultural Events & Performances
13. Farewell Dinner Party on evening of Saturday, October 24
14. Invitational Humanitarian NGO Networking Meeting

Intent and Description of Program Sessions:


Intent and Description of Program Sessions
(also provides Guidelines for Proposals)

Breakout Sessions, Topical Panels, Keynotes,
Facilitated Dialogue & Action Planning Groups,
Live 2-Way Global Links:

1) Breakout Sessions:
(* This year there will be an increased emphasis on practical skills training)

Skills Training Workshops, Theory, Research, and Practical Presentations:
Prepared presentations for sharing skills, theory, perspectives, research, and analysis, introduction and demonstration of developing models and methods, experience with practical skills and approaches, and deep inquiry and deliberation on essential issues. The TT Conference is designed to be a cooperative learning experience, and so all presenters are asked to include opportunities for significant participant interaction and dialogue within their sessions. Presenters are also requested to be present for full participation in the 4-day conference learning community.

2) Topical Panels and Roundtables:
In keeping with the character of the conference, panels are intended to be more of an interactive dialogue between members addressing important issues - rather than a series of separate mini-presentations. A typical format is to begin with brief comments by each panel member to stimulate thinking, followed by a discussion among these members, and then to eventually extend the dialogue out to include the full audience for a portion of the session to encourage a wider, more inclusive discussion on the topic at hand. This process is guided and facilitated by a moderator(s) to ensure opportunities for multiple voices to be heard, that the focus is maintained, and to keep things on track in terms of time.

3) Keynotes:
Keynotes by leading visionaries help frame the focus of the program, and are meant to offer insights, inspire, and pose important questions and challenges to address.

4) Facilitated Dialogue and Action Planning Groups:
These sessions focus on the overall conference mission that all participants take part in. They are intended for processing the conference experience, delving further into issues presented, addressing relevant issues and questions that may not represented in the prepared program, offering input into the conference and Global Network, formulating action plans and collaborations for applications of learning, and additional networking opportunities. Content from keynotes, breakout sessions, topical panels, roundtables, and multimedia presentations provide the stimulus for these dialogues woven throughout the days of the program. Dialogue groups are valued as brainstorm generators and essential resources for input into the development and progress of both the TT Conference and the Global Network. Material emerging from these discussions is included in conference proceedings and outcomes, and used for future planning.

5) Live 2-way Global Links to Other Countries:
In addition to on-site presenters and participants, to expand the size and reach of the conferences key speakers in other countries will be Skyped into the conference for real-time, 2-way participation.

6) Interdisciplinary, Multi-cultural Learning Community:
A key intent of the conference is building an interactive professional learning community and common ground of reference to promote a concerted effort in exploring core themes and integrating formal learning. The program structure encourages participants to learn from prepared material while also bringing their own experience, perspectives, and wisdom to bear in exploring the theme of the conference. Experts in a variety of relevant fields will be on hand to both provide presentations and participate in the program along side all participants, including facilitated dialogue groups that further support sharing and processing learning. As such, presenters are requested to be present for full participation in the conference.

7) Social-Cultural Gatherings offer opportunities for cross-cultural sharing and appreciation, social interaction, and important community building.

Guidelines For Compassionate Dialogue:


Guidelines For Compassionate Dialogue
Common Bond Institute conferences strive to promote an inclusive, compassionate dialogue that honors different personal experiences, perspectives, and narratives, while allowing for better expressing and listening to each other as we work together toward understanding and harmony. Our intention is to create an open venue where we can engage meaningfully and invite in a public dialogue that brings our joint wisdom to bear in exploring sometimes difficult issues that effect us all. This is based on the premise that it does not require that we be the same to be appreciate of, at peace with, and secure in our relationships with each other; only that we be familiar enough with each others story to share the humanity and trustworthiness that resides in each of us.
We ask all participants to assist us by carrying and expressing this intent throughout the conference.

NonViolent Communication Guidelines: (Adapted from Marshall Rosenberg)

Unique Assumptions - NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies-whether verbal or physical-are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. It also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that all actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.

While NVC is much more than a communication model, the components below provide a structural concept of the process that leads to giving and receiving from the heart.

Honestly Expressing how I am and what I would like without using blame, criticism or demands

Empathically Receiving how another is and what he/she would like without hearing blame, criticism or demands

Whether expressing or receiving, NVC focuses our attention on four pieces of information:

Observations-Objectively describing what is going on without using evaluation, moralistic judgment, interpretation or diagnosis
Feelings-Saying how you feel (emotions and body sensations) about what you have observed without assigning blame
Needs-The basic human needs that are or not being met and are the source of feelings
Requests-Clear request for actions that can meet needs

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