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George Halasz, MB,BS., BMed SC., MRCPsych, FRANZCP

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology & Psychiatry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia



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Vicki Gordon, B.A (Hons) M.A. PhD

Children's Court Clinic Private Practice, melbourne, Australia



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042 – Workshop 5: Workshop Paradigm Changes from 'Psychic' to 'Real' Holocaust Trauma Transmission Between the Generations: Therapeutic Processes and Reparative Moments (2005-2015)

Workshop 5: Paradigm Changes from 'Psychic' to 'Real' Holocaust Trauma Transmission Between the Generations: Therapeutic Processes and Reparative Moments (2005-2015)

Sunday, November 29

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Room: Ballroom 4

Primary Presenter(s):

George Halasz, MB,BS., BMed SC., MRCPsych, FRANZCP

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology & Psychiatry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Co-Presenter(s):

Vicki Gordon, B.A (Hons) M.A. PhD

Children's Court Clinic Private Practice, melbourne, Australia

                     Paradigm Changes from 'Psychic' to 'Real' Holocaust Trauma
                           Transmission between the Generations:  
                Therapeutic Processes and Reparative Moments (2005-2015)


                             Vicki Herzog-Gordon, George Halasz


Intergenerational trauma transfer is a core human experience. We adapt Schore’s relational trauma (2001, 2012) to explain the mechanisms underlying intergenerational trauma. Workshop participants will update clinical skills and conceptual frameworks from ‘psychic’ to ‘real’ trauma, dissociation phenomena, enactment, and experience near reparative moments while learning to apply Hopenwasser’s (2008, 2015) ’dissociative attunenement’ as part of the paradigm shift.

Three case vignettes and a short video clip will illustrate the moments of passage of Holocaust trauma between three survivors and the authors, both second generation. Our naturalistic study’s focus on intense interactive moments on the Adult March of the Living in 2005, in Auschwitz-Birkenau, highlighting intergenerational cycles of re-traumatization and repair.

Synthesizing concepts of ‘dissociative attunement’ with ‘relational trauma’ as both a ‘therapeutic tool as well as a pathway to vicarious traumatization’ (Hopenwasser) participants will learn to delineate the differences between the 5 components of complex Holocaust trauma; relational, attachment, developmental, vicarious and intergenerational trauma, and techniques to counter their own vicarious trauma while learning to reformulate trauma informed psychological and sensory-motor psychotherapy.

Conference Committee Note: Please be advised that the presenters of this workshop have indicated the content may create a high level of distress in unprepared audience members.

Learning Objectives:

  • Update clinical skill and conceptual frameworks in treating inter-generational and vicarious trauma
  • Delineate the differences between relational, developmental, attachment, vicarious and inter-generational trauma
  • Learn clinical techniques to counter vicarious trauma and reformulate trauma informed therapy for complex trauma cases
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