Full Conference Program Available
A full program for "Soul Wounds: Trauma and Healing across Generations" (Stanford, 4-6 June) is available on the conference page of our website.
Conference Keynote and Plenary Sessions Available for Viewing
Videos from Soul Wounds: Trauma and Healing across Generations, held at Stanford on 4-6 June 2015, can now be viewed on the conference page of our website. The videos include a keynote address by Dr. Michael Skinner; plenary talks by Dr. David Spiegel, Steven Olweean, Angelika Bammer, and Lyra Monteiro; and a concluding plenary seminar with conference participants and organizers.
Resources on Trauma Centers and Experts
February 6, 2015
Mojgan Rahbari-Jawoko, a member of the Research Group on Collective Trauma and Healing, has compiled a list of centers and experts currently working on trauma-related issues in California and across the United States. This excellent resource can be found under the "People" section of the website and will be updated regularly with more information.
Trauma and Healing in the News
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The New Republic on the Science of Suffering
November 20, 2014
The New Republic recently featured an article by Judith Shulevitz on epigenetics and the intergenerational transmission of trauma, focusing in particular on the Cambodian refugee community in Lowell, Massachusetts and the work of psychologist Rachel Yehuda. Shulevitz in particular highlighted the connection between biology, family, and culture; in her words, "There is biological PTSD, and familial PTSD, and cultural PTSD. Each wreaks damage in its own way."
Therapy may heal DNA damage caused by trauma
October 29, 2014
A study published on October 27th in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics demonstrated that psychotherapy may heal DNA damage caused by traumatic stress. Previous research has revealed how traumatic stress may damage DNA and DNA repair mechanisms, leading to an increased risk for numerous diseases, including cancer and heart disease. The authors of the study assessed DNA breakage in cells from individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and measured the cellular capacity to repair DNA breaks after exposure to radiation. They further investigated the effect of psychotherapy on both DNA breakage and DNA repair. The study concluded that psychotherapy worked not only to reverse the symptoms of PTSD, but also to heal DNA damage caused by traumatic stress. This work provides significant new evidence on the impact of trauma on the body and provides insights into new strategies for helping those suffering from the effects of trauma.
NPR's Diane Rehm on treating PTSD with Psilocybin and MDMA
October 3, 2014
NPR's The Diane Rehm Show recently discussed promising new research on the use of psychedelic drugs to treat mental illness, including PTSD. According to the description of the episode, "Millions of Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, including hundreds of thousands of veterans. Yet standard drug and therapy treatments have mixed success rates. Some cases of PTSD are considered untreatable. But researchers are seeing dramatic results from therapy that uses psychedelic drugs to treat PTSD, depression and addiction. Therapy involving substances like Psilocybin and MDMA, better known as ecstasy, show 80 percent success rates years after treatment."
Introductory reading list now available
September 25, 2014
Those interested in learning more about the study of intergenerational trauma can now find a bibliography of relevant literature on the "Reading List" page. These articles provide an introduction to the terminology, methods, and questions central to the subject and highlight various possiblities for healing. Bibliographies on epigenetics, specific communities, and approaches to healing will be posted in the future.
New study shows how epigenetic memory is passed through generations
September 20, 2014
Scientists at UC Santa Cruz have contributed to a growing body of evidence suggesting that environmental stresses can cause changes in gene expression that are transmitted from parents to offspring. According to their study, epigenetic modifications do not affect the DNA sequence of genes, but change how the DNA is packaged and how genes are expressed. This research provides important new evidence for how epigenetic memory can be passed across generations and from cell to cell during development.