Historical and Intergenerational Trauma and Resilience

  • 7/21/2022 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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  • Every Dream Catcher Tells a Story: Historical and Intergenerational Trauma and Resilience

    Even when our history is forgotten, our genes tell the story creating intergenerational patterns of disease, addiction, and vulnerability in our descendants. While the legacy of historical trauma creates a complex array of social, emotional, and behavioral survival skills that are passed on intergenerationally, what is often missed is the resilience present in those skills. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how history impacts the functioning of those living in the present and how our survival embodies resilience. We will explore current research demonstrating how trauma changes our genetic code and how resilience can change our gene expression. Relational neuroscience demonstrates that all growth occurs in relationships, and all relationships are embedded in culture. Listening and honoring survivors’ stories not only gives us a glimpse into the workings of their survival skills, it also introduces us to their cultural context and strengths. Research has shown that the act of storytelling allows people to release and rise above their trauma by identifying what they have done to survive. Learn how to identify the strengths from within a story that can feel like an explosion of emotions and words, then help those you serve, and support re-engage their survival skills as resilience skills supporting growth beyond intergenerational cycles born of historical trauma.  

    Presenters: Mary Vicario, Jane Larson, Marian Stucky, and Chelsey Getz

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