Understanding the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma & Abuse An evening webinar with Christiane Sanderson Online, 7 November 2019 (Thursday) 6:00pm - 9:00pm, London, UK time
As therapists, we often witness the transmission of trauma (and abuse) across generations, either epigenetically or through deliberate parental behaviour / abuse. The aim of this online webinar is to enhance our awareness and comprehension of the ways in which such a cycle of trauma and abuse manifests in harmful behaviour and the long-term effects that we need to consider as practitioners. We distinguish between: Unintentional harm caused by challenging mental health conditions including PTSD, lack of emotional regulation, substance misuse and / or the inability to set boundaries and Deliberate acts of abuse and sexual violence as attempts to triumph over trauma or the normalisation of such behaviour over generations Using case vignettes and examples, Christiane explains how adverse childhood experiences, abuse and trauma can be re-enacted through parenting practices and how this impacts on future generations. She then identifies vulnerability and risk factors and the role of resilience, to help explain how such a cycle of intergenerational abuse can be circumvented and interrupted. Emphasis will be placed on the need for compassion for individuals who were themselves traumatised and who go on to do harm to their children, often unwittingly. With enhanced understanding of the processes that underpin intergenerational trauma and its manifestations, practitioners will feel better equipped to manage the tension of working with those who are both victims of abuse and who engage in abusive or harmful behaviours. The webinar will specifically look at: The epigenetic transmission of trauma Risk factors and vulnerability to intergenerational trauma Parenting practices and behaviours that can be harmful Acts of omission, acts of commission and role intentionality Resilience factors The role of compassion when working with those who are traumatised and engage in harmful behaviours Ways of interrupting the cycle of intergenerational transmission of trauma About the speaker Christiane Sanderson is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, of London with over 30 years of experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. She has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the NSPCC, Towards Healing, Ireland, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, SOLACE, the Refugee Council, Birmingham City Council Youth Offending Team, and HMP Bronzefield. She is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd edition, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse, and Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has also written The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Sexual Violence; The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths, Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends and Numbing the Pain: A pocket guide for professionals supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse and addiction for the charity One in Four for whom she is a trustee.
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