Diminish Deter, Destroy, Dissociate: The Passing On of Trauma
How does a “stuck” client become a “breakthrough” client? How are generational secrets revealed through the current client’s shame? What patterns explain unmet psychiatric needs and intrapsychic turmoil? Come learn how to “read” the history waiting to be discovered in your clients, including practical strategies and suggestions. Learn how to effectively bring healing to trauma and transform dissociation into presence. Hear a simple explanation of epigenetics that you can use with clients, examine how both trauma and defense mechanisms are passed on, and discuss case examples of how unlocking secrets from the past inspired hope for both client and clinician. Study examples both intergenerational trauma, historical trauma, and disability trauma cases, as well as well as the latest models from refugee and modern war zone research – including 2020’s trend toward community dissociation in response to the pandemic and recent intense political dramas… all of which also stem from intergenerational trauma! Difficult subjects in case studies will be covered from a pattern-approach, without specific abuse details being discussed.
This session was originally presented as a live conference session in April 2021.
At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:
- Define intergenerational, historical, disability, and community trauma
- Identify patterns of secrets, defenses, and behaviors that indicate intergenerational trauma
- Distinguish mediators for intergenerational trauma
- Manage “stuck” behaviors and trauma re-enactments
- Practice assessing patterns and creating interventions specific to intergenerational trauma
Presenter: Emily Christensen, PhD, LCPC
Presenter Bio: Emily Christensen earned her BS in Human Development, her MS in Professional Counseling, her MDiv in Pastoral Counseling, and her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. She works as licensed clinical counselor and as a community and hospital chaplain, as well as the ISSTD Professional Training Program Administrator. As a licensed clinical counselor, she has been in private practice since 2004, with additional experience in ER triage, inpatient psychiatric, residential treatment, school-based, and outpatient settings. Withdrawing primarily from private practice following the deaths of her parents, Dr. Christensen is currently the international clinical coordinator for humanitarian aid organizations offering counseling and trauma resiliency training to government leaders, humanitarian aid workers, and first responders in war zones, refugee camps, and natural disaster sites. She lectures internationally about trauma and resiliency, and is the voice behind "System Speak: A Podcast About Dissociative Identity Disorder", which airs in 82 countries around the world thus far. Besides numerous syndicated articles online about mental health issues, she is the author of the memoir “If Tear Were Prayers: A Life With Dissociative Identity Disorder”. She has also authored the memoir "Keeping Kyrie" about the gathering of her family through foster care and medical trauma experiences, as well as the author of children’s books about Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Deafness with Cochlear Implants, G-Tubes, Special Needs Siblings, and Adoption after Relinquishment of Rights.
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