Trans-generational trauma workshop

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield University’s Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies will host a workshop on the Impact of Trans-Generational Trauma on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Egan School. The workshop is open to mental health professionals.

The workshop focuses on the identification and treatment of trans-generational trauma, which manifests across successive generations, and professionals need to look beyond the person’s life history in order to find the appropriate resources to mitigate the trauma.

Case presentations are included to illustrate the ways mental health professionals can explore trans-generational themes within the patients’ families. While case presentations are Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing focused, the concepts throughout the workshop are applicable to all forms of psycho-therapeutic models and interventions.

Ruth Heber is a psychologist in New York City and is an EMDR Institute facilitator. Her specialties include integration of EMDR and psychoanalytic modalities, and the treatment of secondary, vicarious and cross-generational traumatization. Heber, a survivor of the Holocaust, has worked extensively with direct and generational trauma in her practice, and at the Holocaust Survivors’ Specialized Treatment Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Karen Alter-Reid is a clinical psychologist and EMDR Institute regional trainer and specialty presenter. She is a faculty member, EMDR senior consultant and trainer at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies Integrative Trauma Program. Alter-Reid specializes in working with first responders, including therapists, firefighters and law enforcement.

Alter-Reid and Heber have worked with therapists treating World Trade Center, Gulf Coast hurricanes and Sandy Hook survivors. The presenters co-authored “The Trans-generational Impact of Anti-Semitism,” featured in Mark Nickerson’s book, “Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy.”

Registration is $185, $100 for Veterans Affairs staff and students.

For information about the workshop or to register, visit fairfield.edu/resiliencetraining.