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Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Resilience SIG


The mission of the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Resilience Special Interest Group (SIG) is to understand the lifetime consequences of trauma across generations.  The group is interested in studying and promoting the role of both vulnerability and resilience to trauma, prevention of re-traumatization and transmission of traumatization and its legacies. 

This mission is accomplished through:

  • Submitting research, theory and clinical presentations in the areas of intergenerational traumatization and resilience at the ISTSS annual meeting
  • Maintaining a collegial support network through annual meetings, collaboration and listserv communication
  • Disseminating relevant knowledge and information to SIG and ISTSS members via the Web Site and organizational newsletters
  • Serving as a resource to professionals, policy makers, and the public by providing information and educational materials 

The SIG provides an opportunity for scholars, researchers, clinicians, policy makers, educators, advocates and activists to gather for in-depth exploration of the intergenerational transmission of trauma (complex, developmental, historical, racial, cultural, political, collective) and resilience. We seek to understand and discover how to impact and reduce the devastating impact of multigenerational legacies of trauma. We join and connect with our own humanity and the world community while living through multiple collective traumas, including systemic racism, racial violence, political violence and COVID-19. We provide a courageous space to address concerns impacting the world today and future generations. Collaboration, collegial support, connectedness with others dedicated to understanding the vulnerability to and lifetime consequences of trauma are at the forefront of our concerns. Self-care, vicarious resilience and posttraumatic growth are recurrent themes in our discussions. 



Marcia Nickow, PsyD, CADC, CGP
Working Sobriety Addiction and Trauma Recovery Center

Karina Donald, PhD, ATR-BC
Florida State University

Fabiana Franco, PhD, D.A.A.E.T.S.
Clinical and Consulting Services

Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Resilience SIG Listserv Address
Members of the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Resilience SIG can use the SIG listserv to share information with the full SIG. istss-intergenSIG@groups.istss.org