Fellow, The Parkmore Institute. Doctoral Project: “The Mark of the Life Esidimeni Decanting: Expert Testimony for the ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution Process.’”
All too often, brilliant psychoanalysts and teachers of psychoanalytic thinking are challenged to apply their insights and their expertise outside their consulting room and their seminars. The Board of Directors, the Faculty and the Fellows of the Parkmore Institute are honored to award this “Doctor of Psychosocial Intervention” as an outstanding exception to the foregoing generalization. In 2015‑2016, a human rights travesty occurred in South Africa, wherein the government culled the population of mental health patients in its charge, torturing and killing many of these individuals and leaving their families and loved ones uninformed about the fate of the patient they cared about, unaided, and helpless (for more information on this travesty, see the article titled, “South African government culls psychiatric patients for financial and political gain
,” posted March 2018 on the Commentaries
pages of this website). In the face of this horror, Dr. Trotter rose to the challenge both of supporting the bereaved in the face of this human rights travesty and of testifying, against vicious governmental opposition, in the “Alternative Dispute Resolution” process. The latter was established to determine how the government should act in the relation to the human rights’ abuses and the grievous harm its actions had caused. Having recruited a team of mental health professions to interview and support the survivors of this travesty, not only did Dr. Trotter produce an exemplary piece of psychoanalytically‑informed expert testimony, but she gave oral testimony with a skill that was witnessed throughout South Africa and beyond. It was very clear to all who followed the Resolution proceedings, that the diligence and thoughtfulness of her work, as well as her insights into the effects of mass killings and associated human rights abuses, made a clear and considerable difference to the outcome of this process, in relation to the presiding Judge’s verdict. For all that she has achieved in her distinguished career and for this courageous and dedicated act of psychosocial intervention, the Parkmore Institute is honored to offer her our Doctoral Degree in Psychosocial Intervention. Although Dr. Trotter worked very independently, her Doctoral Project was monitored by two Parkmore Institute Faculty Mentors, Professor Jerry Piven and Professor Tod Sloan.