Let’s Talk Intergenerational Trauma

We often understand of Trauma as something that results from a single event, but familial and interfamilial trauma functions differently from this understanding and therefore requires different kinds of treatments. This course discusses the mechanisms behind intergenerational trauma and how attachment to others is a necessary part of recovery. A child develops familial trauma by not feeling seen or understood, and this can instill a sense of self-loathing in that child that can continue into adulthood. But where a failure to connect with others is the root of the trauma, reestablishing a deep feeling of connection provides healing. Treatments such as psychotherapy and psychodrama as well as experiences of fun and synchronization have proven effective in helping individuals move beyond the attachment issues that stem from childhood neglect.


  • Explain the causes and long-term effects of familial trauma and attachment issues
  • Describe the importance of interpersonal connection to a child’s feeling of safety and self-worth
  • Discuss how trauma can be transferred between generations
  • Assess the efficacy of various treatment options for individuals who have experienced intergenerational trauma

Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Bessel van der Kolk, MD is a pioneer clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work uniquely integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic, somatic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

His #1 New York Times Science best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including body work, psychodrama, mindfulness techniques, parts work, yoga, and neurofeedback, Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR.

He is founder of the Trauma Center (now the Trauma Research Foundation) in Boston, MA; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world.

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Who this course is for

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, other Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Anyone with an interest in the subject

This course is offered at the introductory level.

Let’s Talk Intergenerational Trauma

$49.00 USD

Program Only

Included features:

  • 45 Minute Course


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