This workshop focuses on the identification and treatment of trans-generational trauma. When unmetabolized trauma manifests across successive generations, we look at the individual with a larger lens than the person’s own life history in order to facilitate identification of available resources and appropriate channels of exploration for processing. We underscore the central function of the narrative in both the content and the way a patient reveals her life story, as well as the function of a wider cultural narrative, including myths and symbols, as a resources in mitigating individual trauma. Case presentations illustrate our approach, and practicum allows participants to explore trans-generational themes within their own families. While case presentations are EMDR focused, the concepts throughout the workshop are applicable to other forms of psychotherapeutic models and interventions.
This workshop is appropriate for mental health clincians who have completed EMDR Basic Training.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Dr. Ruth Heber is a psychologist in NYC and is an EMDR Institute Facilitator. Her special interests include integration of EMDR and psychoanalytic modalities, and the treatment of secondary, vicarious and cross-generational traumatization. Dr. Heber, herself a survivor of the Shoah, has worked extensively with generational trauma both in her practice, and at the Holocaust Survivors’ Specialized Treatment Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Karen Alter-Reid is a clinical psychologist and EMDR Institute Regional Trainer and Specialty Presenter. She is Faculty, EMDR Senior Consultant and Trainer at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies’ Integrative Trauma Program. She specializes in working with first responders, including therapists, firefighters and law enforcement.
Drs. Alter-Reid and Heber each worked with therapists treating World Trade Center, Gulf Coast Hurricanes and Sandy Hook survivors. The presenters co-authored “The Trans-generational Impact of Anti-Semitism” in Mark Nickerson’s edited book Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy, and presented their work at the EMDRIA conference in Bellevue, WA in 2017.
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Levels of Trauma
Containment of Trauma
Types of Narratives
11:00 AM – 11:30 PM
Trans-generational History Taking
11:30-11:45 AM – BREAK
11:45 AM-1:00 PM
1:00-2:00 PM – LUNCH
2:00 – 4:30 PM (with break at 3:00-3:15)
Practicum – dyadic
4:30 – 5:00
Questions and Answers
Large Group Discussion
1. Therapists will describe how to take an inter-generationally informed AIP history and develop targets for EMDR treatment which relate thematically to trans-generational trauma.
2. Therapists will identify cases where trans-generational transmission of trauma may be present and affecting current symptom presentations.
3. Therapists will identify at least three issues/ themes to identify in pre-generational trauma and post-generational trauma histories.
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