Emergency Pedagogy: Traumatology II With Bernd Ruf

Bernd Ruf, author of Educating Traumatized Children and founder of an international crisis intervention center in Germany, returns to Wilton July 2-7, 2023 to continue his program of emergency pedagogy. This course will build upon last summer’s overview of trauma and offer further insights into human developmental psychology. Acute versus pedagogical intervention in children 0-7, 7-14, and 14-21 will be outlined, and each stage of human development will include themes that address that particular biographical timeframe with its challenges and pathways for healing.


Among the topics to be addressed:

  • pre-birth trauma
  • attachment and detachment disturbances
  • sense disturbances
  • trauma and rhythm disturbances
  • heart rate variability
  • sleep research
  • trauma and sleep

The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems will offer the background to better understand the unfolding of adolescence: the search for identity and I development. Bernd Ruf will describe pathways for psychological intervention and healing processes. 


In the afternoons, participants will sing with Jason Child, Music Director at the Emerson Waldorf School in North Carolina, before joining their choice of workshop on trauma prevention. Each workshop will consist of five sessions (one per day). The week will culminate with a celebratory sharing of the various workshops.

Bernd Ruf will offer lectures each morning and daily Q and A sessions in the time slot before dinner. Evening events will include a public lecture on Emergency Pedagogy and cultural events. 


Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Center for Anthroposophy (CfA), as well as a Certificate from the Emergency Pedagogy Center in Karlsruhe, Germany. Participants can apply these certificates towards a full diploma in international crisis intervention. CfA is offering at least the 4 Modules in Emergency Pedagogy most suitable for educators and art therapists (2022-2025), and may add other Modules if this becomes possible. 


Choice of workshops will include: Clowning, Music Therapy, Painting Therapy, Clay Therapy, Healing Movement, Eurythmy, and Animal Therapy. 


Fee: $ 995