Healing Intergenerational Trauma - Dr Karen Alter-Reid, PhD
For patients with trans-generational trauma histories that include oppression, war, slavery, genocide, and immigration to a new culture, it is important to develop treatment plans to address trans-generational wounding and adaptations.
How does the clinician know when to focus on trans-generational trauma?
This presentation will help clinicians locate transmissions by:
1) attending to the affective quality ad content of the patient’s narrative;
2) understanding symptoms of trans-generational trauma;
3) learning how to do generational genograms: and
4) investigating the presence and nature of their tribal narratives.
Once the clinician suspects that symptoms are related to trans-generational trauma, a series of interventions are presented to expand history taking, locate generational themes and resources, and process along the lines of the generational trauma/themes. The processing leads to a coherent, regulated generational/tribal narrative from which the patient can move forward and interrupt the transmission of trauma to the next generation.
- Danieli, Y. (Ed.). (1998). International handbook of multigenerational legacies of trauma. New York,NY: Plenum Press
- DeGruy, J. (2005, 2020). Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. New York: Uptone Press.
- Heber, R. & Alter-Reid, K. (2016). The Trans-generational Impact of Anti-Semitism. In M.Nickerson (Ed.). Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDRTherapy. New York: Springer.
About the Speaker:
Dr Karen Alter-Reid Ph.D.
Dr. Karen Alter-Reid is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with adults struggling with post-traumatic stress injuries. She trains mental health clinicians in EMDR Therapy, a modality of treatment for PTSD. She is Faculty, Senior Consultant, and Trainer at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies’ Integrative Trauma Program in New York City.
She has published articles and book chapters on her work with first responders, therapists, and on clinical treatment of trans-generational trauma. Dr. Alter-Reid is also the Clinical Coordinator of the Fairfield County Trauma Response Team in Fairfield, Connecticut.
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