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Chained to the Past: an Introduction to Transgenerational Trauma

“What is overwhelming and unnamable is passed on to those we are closest to. Our loved ones carry what we cannot. And we do the same”. – Dr Molly S Castleford
Transgenerational trauma (TGT), first observed in the 1960s in the children of Holocaust survivors, is a widely noted phenomenon whereby individual or collective traumas are passed down to the next generation, and frequently beyond. It is an indicator of the profound interconnectedness of human beings, but it is understood in diverse and contradictory ways – with existing approaches analyse it as an aspect of family dynamics as well as in terms of psychotherapeutic and cognitive-behavioural approaches. There is also a potential for these phenomena to be passed on biologically, and a number of epigenetic theories about the transmission of trauma from parents to children have emerged.
Cherie Deakin’s talk offers an introduction to trans-generational trauma, an overview of the most prominent ways of making sense of the phenomenon, and in the process explores the various ways that human behaviour and experience is addressed by scientific approaches.

Event details

Cherie’s talk is 7pm-8pm on 6th September in the first-floor function room at the historic Raikes Hall pub, Liverpool Road, Blackpool FY1 4HE (map below). The function room is kindly made available to us by the pub and Trust Inns. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available at the bar on the ground floor.