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Multigenerational Trauma (MT): A Legacy of Epigenetic Inheritance

Presented by Jack Perkins

January 7, 2021
12:00pm - 3:15pm CST

About the Workshop

In this presentation, Multigenerational Trauma (MT): A Legacy of Epigenetic Inheritance, the overarching purpose is to establish the need for service providers to understand how MT intersects all that we do, directly or indirectly.  The first part of the presentation lays a foundation for understanding MT from a cultural and epigenetic perspective.  This will include demonstrating how it shares traits of PTSD but has distinctive characteristics.  Attention will be drawn to how MT continues to impact the very fabric of our society, individuals, families, communities, and all systems of meaning.  

Participants will explore a wide variety of situations and people groups with a MT history.  This includes those, to give a few examples, American Indians, Afro Americans, Holocaust families, those affected by September 11, 2001, bombing of Murrah building, immigrants from a wide spectrum, etc. Discussion related to the legacy of unresolved grief that is common among each of these groups should help participants understand traits often observed.  It will be demonstrated how many of the societal issues we are witnessing are perhaps linked to MT and dysfunctioning ways of coping (e.g., violence, sexual assault, gangs, historical behaviors of families and groups of people, prejudice, addiction and many other mental health concerns, etc.).

Multicultural sensitivity is a key component of the presentation. If health providers are not sensitive to the histories of those served, as well as their personal histories, it may result in an impasse in recovery and healing.  A survey developed by the presenter will be introduced, an assessment tool.  A key part of the assessment process and treatment planning is dependent upon this process.  Participants will be introduced to recognized treatment models for assisting individual, families, and communities break the cycle.

Attendees will learn how to:

  1. Present theories related to the far-reaching effects of intergenerational trauma transmitted from parents to children, similar knowledge, language, culture, and disposition toward addiction, mental health issues, and other health related issues,
  2. Utilize a holistic perspective to better understand the full spectrum of issues that must be addressed to establish personal wellbeing and families and communities in which people thrive,
  3. Apply evidence-based strategies and resources for moving from treating only victims of trauma walking in the front door to changing families and communities, and
  4. Develop a strategy for a collaboration of community advocates, allies, educators, legal systems, and social agencies to gain a stronger understanding of unresolved historical grief and move forward to healing and restorative justice.

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Clinical Psychologists, Addictions Treatment Professionals

Learning Level


Cancellation Policy

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CoI Statement

The presenter has disclosed the following potential conflicts of interest or involvement in commercial interests: None

# of CE Hours


About Jack Perkins


Jack is the founder of Psuche Education, Counseling & Coaching Services. He has 16 years in the field of substance disorders and mental health, primarily with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, where he served as the Admissions Director at Rose Rock Recovery Center, a female residential facility for women with co-occurring issues, utilizing the Sanctuary Model. He served as the Executive Director at Clay Crossing, a faith-based co-occurring residential facility for men. In addition, he has done contract work and served as a consultant for MONARCH, a residential facility for women. In his doctoral dissertation/project he integrated spirituality, human development theories and psychotherapy. He is currently compiling a book about his philosophy of counseling, including types of groups and presentations he utilizes in a residential setting for those struggling with co-occurring issues. He developed the Together We Thrive, a K-12 program designed to identify at risk children and develop initiatives to assist them.  He has 30 plus years of professional experience from a broad range of experiences (i.e., workshop presenter, adjunct teaching, substance disorders and trauma specific counseling and training, administration, research, program development, institutional assessment and development, community service, leadership development, reentry/criminal justice, chaplaincy, etc.).

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