Widening the Frame
Our growing understanding of intergenerational and collective trauma is challenging therapists’ standard treatment methods. Recognizing that some trauma can be inherited—or be shared by groups, communities, ethnicities, and nationalities—can open up new avenues of healing, especially for clients who otherwise seem hopelessly stuck. In this workshop, you’ll learn to identify and process the subtle signs of intergenerational and collective trauma in your clients, and potentially yourself. You’ll explore how to:
- Develop a framework and language for understanding how intergenerational and collective trauma themes can complicate a client’s personal trauma
- Engage clients with specific techniques, including active imagination, body posture, and using therapeutically evocative language to help them process their intergenerational and collective trauma
- Design a personal protocol for responding to acute collective trauma events so your own emotional reactions don’t distract from your client’s response
Patrick Dougherty, MA, LP, a psychologist in private practice with nearly 40 years of experience, has been focusing on intergenerational and collective trauma for several years. He’s part of an international training group developing quantifiable methods for dealing with these issues.