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Understanding And Treating
Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma

10 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $99.00

Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

This course was produced in collaboration between Taylor & Francis, PLC and the Zur Institute, Inc.
The Zur Institute, Inc. maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content.

This course is also offered as part of
Certificate Programs on Trauma, PTSD & Traumatic Brain Injury 32 & 66 CE Credits

This course includes materials consisting of:

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General Course Description

This course covers intergenerational trauma. Researchers and clinicians have become increasingly aware that the effects of trauma suffered by one generation - whether individual or collective trauma - are passed on to subsequent generations. Many therapists who treat offspring of traumatized parents or grandparents insufficiently or ineffectively treat the presenting symptoms such as depression, anxiety, or marital issues without understanding that these symptoms have a longer background that needs to be more directly addressed. This course will teach clinicians how to recognize intergenerational transmission of trauma, understand the mechanisms of transmission, and comprehend treatment principles.

This intermediate course, consisting of eleven articles, has four parts. Section One defines intergenerational transmission, offers a theoretical overview, and explains the collective, familial and interpersonal mechanisms by which it occurs. Section Two covers specific populations: families of Holocaust survivors, Estonians, and Native Americans. Section Three covers general and specific treatment principles, including the role of religion and spirituality and psychodynamic work. Section Four provides resources for clinicians and clients who are suffering from trauma.

Disclaimer: This course is purely educational and does not intend to serve as a license (or permission) to mental health professionals to prescribe or practice any of the approaches discussed in this course unless they fall within the scope of practice of your profession. Check with your licensing board about the scope of practice of your profession to make sure you practice within that scope.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Define intergenerational trauma.

2.    Identify the symptoms of people suffering from PTSD and secondary trauma.

3.    Describe the means by which trauma is intergenerationally transmitted.

4.    Integrate treatment with an understanding of the historical context.

5.    Distinguish the similar and different intergenerational traumatic legacies of Native Americans, Holocaust survivors, and Estonians.

6.    Integrate an understanding of intergenerational trauma with attachment theory and family therapy.

7.    Explain the difference between cultural trauma and historical trauma.

8.    Discuss the protective factors of community in treating trauma.

9.    Detect adolescent substance abuse as a possible indicator of trauma.

10.    Review the Historical Loss Associated Symptoms Scale

Course Syllabus

  • Defining intergenerational trauma
    • Cultural, ongoing trauma
    • Historical trauma
  • Theories of how trauma is transmitted
    • Psychosocial theory
    • Political/economic theory
    • Social/ecological systems
    • Physiological, environmental and social/psychological pathways
  • Recognizing the symptoms of secondary trauma
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Marital and familial issues
    • Attachment disorders
    • Existential angst
  • Mechanisms and symptoms of intergenerational transmission among specific populations
    • Holocaust survivors
    • Native Americans
    • Estonians
    • Other populations
  • Treating primarily and secondarily traumatized people
    • The role of spirituality and religion
    • Psychodynamic
    • Community awareness and empowerment
  • Additional resources for clinicians and clients
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