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31st Annual Conference - Turin 2023 
18 - 20 May 2023

From Pain to Violence: Prevention and Intervention
Environment Park
Parco Scientifico Tecnologico Per L'Ambiente

Via Livorno, 60, 10144 Torino


31st Anniversary IAFP Annual Conference  Turin • 18-20 May 2023

From Pain to Violence: Prevention and Intervention

The psychic act of thinking has the function of containing and processing emotional experiences. But what happens with the experience of psychic pain? According to the forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist James Gilligan, “to be overwhelmed by shame and humiliation is to experience the destruction of self-esteem; and without a certain minimal amount of self-esteem, the self collapses and the soul dies” (Gilligan, 1999).


Paraphrasing Bion (1963), when a part of the self dies, pain can be experienced but not felt; if unprocessed, it can sometimes erupt in violence both towards the self and the other. Pain is a fact of life and the capacity to suffer is indispensable. It is therefore necessary to develop a system to process psychic suffering, to try to prevent acts of violence. At the beginning of life, the baby learns to suffer and survive the experience within the relationship with the mother, who initially contains it and processes it. The relationship is crucial as it does not leave the baby alone with her pain and allows the development of a language to articulate the feeling and think about it. ‘Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart, and bids it break’ (Shakespeare, Macbeth IV, III 209-10).


Working in forensic settings, whether as therapists or other professions we often have so sit with and bear our patient’s pain and its violent manifestations, before they can begin to be able to feel it and manage it themselves without needing to resort to acting out. 


The International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy 2023 conference entitled “From Pain to Violence: Prevention and Intervention” will explore how understanding and managing psychic pain can help prevent and potentially reduce violence. This two-day conference hopes to welcome not only those who specialise in forensic mental health, including our colleagues in nursing, social work, probation, counselling, psychology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, but also those from related disciplines in criminal justice, including criminology, social policy and the law. 


Felicity De Zulueta (UK) - Trauma, adverse childhood experience and violence

Franco Freilone (Italy) - Imputability, dangerousness and assessing the risk of violence

Alfred Garwood (UK) - From pain to Violence

Martin Griffiths (UK) - A public health approach to violence reduction (a trauma surgical perspective)

Mathieu La Cambre (France) - A developmental perspective on sexual offending

Will Linden (UK) - A public health approach to violence reduction (a police perspective)

Livia Locci (Italy)

Franco Scarpa (Italy) - Treatment of violent psychiatric patients inside prison and REMS

Rosa Spagnolo (Italy) - Memory and trauma


Dr Anne Aiyegbusi


Environment Park - Parco Scientifico Tecnologico Per L'Ambiente

Via Livorno, 60,

10144 Torino

Hotel Recommendations

  • Hotel Roma Rocca Cavour - Piazza Carlo Felice - Turin

  • Hotel Victoria - Via Nino Costa 4 - Turin

  • Green Class Hotel Astoria - Via XX Settembre 4, Historic Center of Turin, 

  • Starhotels Majestic - Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 54, Historic Center of Turin

  • Grand Hotel Sitea

  • Turin Palace Hotel

  • NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina  

  • Hotel Roma e Rocca Cavour 

  •  Le Petit Hotel 

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Turin Landmarks

The Mole Antonelliana is a major landmark building in Turin, Italy, named after its architect, Alessandro Antonelli. A mole in Italian is a building of monumental proportions. Construction began in 1863, soon after Italian unification, and was completed in 1889, after the architect's death

Cesare Lombroso Museum of Criminal Anthropology

The Museum of Criminal Anthropology exhibits the collections collected mainly for the studies of Cesare Lombroso in the second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, consisting of anatomical preparations, drawings, photographs, bodies of crime, artisanal and artistic productions, including valuable ones, made by inmates in asylums and prisons.

The gianduiotto (or also giandujotto) is one of the symbols of the finest Turin confectionery art. The giandojòt (as it is called in Piedmontese), with its unmistakable shape of an overturned boat, is made from a type of chocolate called gianduia. Gianduia or gianduja is a type of chocolate mixture born in Turin in 1806. Its creation is attributed to the ingenious Turin chocolatiers who, during the economic blockade ordered by Napoleon for the products of the British industry and its colonies, replaced the 'now very expensive cocoa with Langhe round gentle hazelnut (cheaper and easier to find). This is how this delicious dough was born.

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