Institutions are the building blocks of a civil society. People depend on government, schools, police, and hospitals to enrich and protect their lives. Unfortunately, institutions often fail the very people they should protect. The concept of “institutional betrayal” refers to both the wrongdoings perpetrated by an institution upon individuals dependent on that institution and the harms – both material and psychological -- that individuals can experience in response. Institutional courage is an antidote to institutional betrayal. Institutional courage involves an institution’s commitment to seek the truth and engage in moral action, despite unpleasantness, risk, and short-term cost. In this plenary, Jennifer Freyd will explore the power of institutions to act with institutional courage, and the importance of accountability and transparency in these critical moments. She will explain her concepts of betrayal trauma, betrayal blindness, DARVO, and institutional betrayal – and how these ideas and her research findings led to her work on institutional courage. Freyd will provide concrete steps for both individuals and institutions to address sexual abuse through a lens of institutional courage.
This session was originally presented as a live conference session in April 2021.
At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:
- Define institutional betrayal & institutional courage
- Identify harm that institutional betrayal can cause to victims and survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse
- Describe helpful versus harmful responses to disclosures of trauma
- Define DARVO and be aware of research findings regarding the use of DARVO
- Identify policies and practices that promote institutional courage
Presenter: Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD
Presenter Bio: Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD, is a researcher, author, educator, and speaker. Freyd is the Founder and President of the Center for Institutional Courage, Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon, Visiting Scholar at Stanford Medical School, and Faculty Affiliate of the VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab at Stanford University. She is also a Member of the Advisory Committee, 2019-2023, for the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and leader of the Program on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sexual Violence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, 2019-20, where she was a Fellow, 1989-90 and 2018-19.
Freyd is a widely published and nationally-renowned scholar known for her theories of betrayal trauma, institutional betrayal, institutional courage, and DARVO. She researches these topics in the context of institutional behavior, sexual violence, discrimination on the basis of gender, minority status, and sexual orientation, and also disclosures of abuse. She received her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. The author or coauthor of over 200 articles and op-eds, Freyd is also the author of the Harvard Press award-winning book Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse. Her most recent book Blind to Betrayal, co-authored with Pamela J. Birrell, was published by John Wiley, with seven additional translations. In 2014, Freyd was invited two times to the U.S. White House due to her research on sexual assault and institutional betrayal. Freyd has received numerous awards including being named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, an Erskine Fellow at The University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In April 2016, Freyd was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation. Freyd currently serves as the Editor of The Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.
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