Paul Valent

Paul Valent

Consultant liaison psychiatrist, psychotherapist, traumatologist,
Co-founder and past president Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies,


Making Sense and Learning Lessons from the Port Arthur Killings. Australasian Psychiatry. 5: p 233-236

In 1996 a gunman killed 35 men, women, and children, and wounded 25 at the recreational area of Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia. The mind and motivations of the perpetrator are examined in some detail. Application to other perpetrators and some lessons from this atrocity are presented.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 1997 Categories:

Rampage killings. 2012.

What is behind the recent spate of rampage killings? Some common features in the minds of the perpetrators are examined. Steps to prevent such rampages are presented.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: Unpublished Categories:

Clinical Observations of Causers and Victims of Motor Vehicle Incidents: Brief Report

Motor vehicle incidents (MVI’ s) cause more death and injury than wars, acts of terrorism, and disasters put together. Their major cause is ‘human error’. The posttraumatic effects on victims of such errors have been well researched, but causers of such errors have not. The hypotheses of this study were that victims and causers of MVI’s could be clinically distinguished, and that such distinctions might be useful in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of MVI’s. The results indicated two victim and two causer categories. The victim group contained Post traumatic Stress and Vulnerable sub groups. The causer group contained Antisocial and Process ‘Neurotic’ sub groups. Examples are provided of each subgroup. Clinical distinctions between victims and causer groups and subgroups can help to understand the variety of post – MVI ‘comorbid’ symptoms, and help to achieve more sophisticated approaches to MVI diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 2007 Categories: ,

Conceptualization of violence. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference Washington

Violence is doubtlessly one of the scourges of humankind, yet, though we have many clues about it, it is hard to conceptualize and therefore eliminate.

The goal of this symposium is to further a meta-view of violence, from which its different dimensions, manifestations and perversities can be orientated, specified categorized and as it were diagnosed, and eventually, hopefully, find directions to be treated.

In order to do this, two new concepts derived from a view of traumatology will be introduced. They are (1) survival strategies and (2) their three dimensional (or triaxial ramifications. To preempt the thrust of this talk, I will suggest that while all survival strategies have their forms of violence, the maladaptive aspects of the survival strategies fight, flight, assertiveness and competition, have been and are especially virulent in human history, and are worth examining.

Survival strategies and their triaxial framework, are more fully described in my book, From Survival to Fulfillment; A Framework for the Life-Trauma Dialectic,
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: ISTSS Presentation Washington 22 Nov. 1998 Categories: , , , , , ,

Dynamics of atrocities from individuals to nations. Perpetrators Forum. Holocaust Centre Melbourne

It has been a long journey from being a Holocaust victim to holding the psychological profiles of top Nazis in my hand. As part of a forum, this paper examines some mental dynamics of ‘ordinary’ individual perpetrators in genocides to Nazi leaders including HItler. Lessons are drawn on the need to prevent early steps in the genocidal process.

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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 28th Oct 2012 Categories:

Interrupting Transgenerational Violence; Treatment of a Victim of Domestic Violence. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference Washington

Domestic violence is often transmitted across the generations. The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the pervasive effects of domestic violence across the generations. A film demonstrates the clinical case of a woman and her family. How transgenerational transmission of trauma can be interrupted is discussed.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 1998 Categories: ,

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