In the wake of the Tree of Life tragedy, mental health professionals have wanted to help. In addition to understanding the psychopathology of the perpetrator and good treatment for the victims and their families, we want to understand what causes societal divides and what heals those divides. This conference will provide a psychological and social response to our recent communal tragedy.
Mental health professionals are on the front lines of treating both perpetrators and victims of violence. The Department of Psychiatry is committed to providing education, empowerment, and solace to mental health professionals and to the broader community. This year we acutely feel the need to address the Tree of Life tragedy.
Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Jonathan Haidt. Dr. Haidt’s research into Moral Foundations Theory demonstrates how the roots of societal divide reside in the human psyche. His work draws on the fields of: evolutionary theory, socio-biology, moral philosophy, neuroscience and social psychology. Dr. Haidt shows how our ability to cooperate allows human beings to solve complex problems, build civilizations, and literally reach into the Heavens. His research lays out the challenges of the 21st century and hopeful, practical ways to address those challenges.
Ronald Glick, MD; Jack Cahalane, PhD; Jon Spiegel, PhD
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, Office of Educational Resources and Planning
The University of Pittsburgh School of Psychiatry
Community Care Behavioral Health