NYC: The Genesis of Intergenerational Trauma


January 26-27, 2019

The Genesis of Intergenerational Trauma:
A Somatic and Developmental Perspective

with Ruella Frank

The Feldenkrais Institute
134 West 26th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001

Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


CEUs Available

For further information and to register email
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About the workshop:

According to the traditional perspective on the development of trauma in the first years of a baby’s life, the parent initiates what is thought to become a habitual traumatic reaction in the child.

Consequently, the baby reacts to the parent in ways that are rigid and repetitive. This understanding of developmental trauma, however, does not take into consideration the relational dynamics that are part and parcel of any organizing experience. Observing baby and parent interactions from a relational and contextual perspective and through micro-movements, it can be seen how the baby’s behaviors can powerfully impact their parents and can generate the threat of re-traumatizing for them.

This two day workshop will center on the interaction patterns of both baby and parent that over time create traumatic attaching and the passage of intergenerational trauma. We will also explore how these early patterns influence the unfolding patient and psychotherapist relationship in the here-and-now.