2 Days in Oslo

With Dr Gabor Maté & Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert

Correlation of Trauma, Health and Illness

Talk, lecture and workshop with constellations IoPT
24th and 25th of November 2017

For everyone intested in own and others health and well being.

Trauma, Health and Illness from the perspective of two world renowned pioneers in the field.
Dr Gabor Maté will attend Prof Dr Franz Rupperts day, and Prof Dr Franz Ruppert will attend Dr Gabor Maté`s day.

Trauma is not what happens to us, but what happens inside us

Based on Gabor Maté’s and Franz Ruppert´s bestselling books, this two-day workshop will explore the traumatic basis of physical disease, mental illness, addiction and childhood developmental problems. It will illuminate all of these conditions and  the trauma therapy Identity oriented Psychotrauma theory and -therapy – IoPT. Seminar participation approved as credits for Norwegian Nurse association, Norwegian Association for Psychologists and Fagforbundet.

Pre workshop with Franz Ruppert  November 22-23: More information and booking

1st Day: November 24th, 2017 – THEME: Illness and Health in a Toxic Society by Dr. Gabor Maté

Dr. Mate´s talk covers the topics of When the Body Says No,  Trauma,  AD(H)D, Addiction  and The Biology of loss.



Gabor Maté is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For twelve years he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. For two years he was the onsite physician at Vancouver’s unique Supervised Injection Site, North America’s only such facility.

He is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psychophysiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss.

He is the author of four best-selling books published in twenty languages on five continents, including When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress and the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction. Gabor is the recipient of an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University and an Honorary Degree of Law from the University of Northern British Columbia, among other awards.

He frequently addresses professional and lay audiences in North America and internationally on issues related to childhood development and parenting, physical and mental health and wellness, and addiction. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. His next book, Toxic Culture: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a World of Materialism is under preparation.

Dr. Maté’s four best-selling books, listed below, have been published internationally in a number of languages.


  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction (2009 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize winner)
  • When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection
  • Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It
  • Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers (with Gordon Neufeld)
  • For more information about Dr. Gabor Maté and his work, please visit www.drgabormate.com.

Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

Western medicine imposes two separations, neither tenable scientifically. First, it separates mind from the body, largely assuming that most chronic illnesses have nothing to do with people’s emotional and psychological experiences. And yet, a large and irrefutable body of research has clearly shown that physiologic and behavioural functioning of human beings can be understood only if we integrate our body functions with those of the mind: functions such as awareness, emotions, our interpretations of and responses to events, and our relationships with other people. Second, Western practice views people’s health as separate from the social environment, ignoring social determinants of health such as class, gender, economic status, and race. Such factors, in reality, are more important influences on health and longevity than individual predispositions and personal factors such as genes, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and so on.

This talk shows how a society dedicated to material pursuits rather than genuine human needs and spiritual values stresses its members, undermines healthy child development and dooms many to chronic illness, from diabetes to heart disease, from autoimmune conditions to cancer.

Only when compassion is present will people allow themselves to see the truth. Compassion for the fact that we`re unconscious, that unconsciousness is a response because it was too painful to be conscious when we were young, not to blame ourselves for what we did as a result of that, but to be compassionate with ourselves, not to fault ourselves, what we did to ourselves and others, but to be curious to why we did it.

Optional Get-together dinner November 24th at 7 pm – only for participants of «2 Days in Oslo»
More information and booking

2nd Day: November 25th, 2017 – THEME: Correlation of Illness, Health and Trauma. Talk and constellations IoPT by Franz Ruppert


Professor in psychology at the University for Applied Science in Munich, Germany. Has published 7 books within the field of how traumas affect human beings. Internationally renowned speaker, lecturer and author. Founder of Identity oriented Psycho Trauma Theorey and Therapy – IoPT.

Prof Rupperts books, listed below, have been published internationally in a number of languages.

  • Early Trauma
  • Trauma, Fear and Love
  • Symbiosis & Autonomy
  • Splits in the Soul
  • Trauma, bonding and Familyconstellations
  • To be published 2018: My Body, my Trauma and I – Constellating Intentions and stepping our from our trauma biography

For more information about Prof Ruppert and his work:

Lecture and experiental learning

Illness and Health as a consequence of Trauma

As a psychologist Prof. Ruppert studies and explores the human psyche. After many years of practical work as a psychotherapist he has gained the insight, that traumatic experiences are the main cause of many problems his clients face. These problems can be on an emotional and mental level; in addition, they can present as bodily symptoms.

As human beings we are very vulnerable and extremely dependent at the beginning of our development. Therefore, we are easily traumatized during the earliest phases of our life. It is a fact that when the mother of a child becomes traumatized the child will be traumatized too. Another important reality is, that children become traumatized through their traumatized mothers and fathers, even though the parents don’t want to pass on the trauma and in no way are aware of how they do so. The consequence is, that the traumatized child cannot fully develop its own potential and instead has to survive within the relationship with its parents. Theoretically speaking: their “Trauma of Identity” inevitably leads to a sometimes lifelong struggle with a “Trauma of Love”.

The consequence of trauma is a split. In order to survive one has to split off intolerable psychological realities. Another effect is the loss of full awareness of one’s body. The numbing of sensations and feelings leads to a numbness towards one’s own body. The body becomes the container of suppressed trauma sensations, perceptions and feelings and expresses its suffering through symptoms that we call “illnesses”. Believing that we can become healthy by fighting these symptoms is of course an illusion. Fighting even makes it worse and forces the body to produce more severe symptoms.

In addition to presenting his theories Prof. Ruppert will demonstrate his therapy, Identity oriented Psychotraumateory and – Therapy, with members from the audience that have an intention regarding their bodily symptoms.

07:30 – 08:15 Registration, coffe/tea
08:30 – 12:00 Dr Gabor Maté
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 17:00 Dr Gabor Maté
19:00 Optional Get-together Dinner
07.30 Doors open, coffee/tea
08:30 – 12:00 Prof Franz Ruppert
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 17:00 Prof Franz Ruppert

The seminar is fully booked


Gamle Logen
Grev Wedels plass 2
0151 Oslo, Norway

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Optional get-together dinner Friday 24th November – To be booked separately. More information and booking.


Price for 2 days seminar fee, 2 lunches, coffee/tea and snacks in the breaks and in the mornings.

  • Nok 4995,- (ca euro 495,-, depending on exchange rate)

Gamle Logen