Transgeneral transmission of trauma is today well recognized. People who haven’t experienced adverse events nevertheless feel the wounds of what happened as if trauma had occured to them. They show clinical signs of trauma and dissociation, attachment to ascendants is disrupted or trapped in non-constructive behaviour. In the same time they can report contents which occured to parents and grand-parents in a detached way, reporting about not talking in the family, secrets, drama and catastrophes in repetition.
How to deal with such transmitted suffering? How to diagnose, to find appropriate targets? Is it possible to get rid of those strange events the person didn’t experience? How to keep the effectiveness of the standard EMDR protocol while addressing this kind of trauma? How to integrate those targets in the targeting sequencing plan? Are there soft procedures existing, which can be implemented in case of complex trauma?
We will show how to set targets of trans-generational trauma through genogram and the assessment of the quality of relationships. We will explain how to integrate these targets in the targeting sequencing plan and set a hierarchy of interventions, through the distinction of individual trauma and relational wounds. An approach through the « letters protocol » and the use of « the double protocol » will be discussed.
Helene Dellucci is a psychologist, family therapist and EMDR Europe consultant. She works in Lyon, France, in private practice and teaches about complex trauma and EMDR throughout Europe and at Lorraine University. She is the author of the « letters protocol » (Dellucci, 2009, 2010) and the « gear box » (Dellucci, 2010).
Hana Vojtova is a psychologist, EMDR Europe consultant and trainer in training. She works in Trencin, Slovakia in psychiatry and teaches about complex trauma and EMDR in Slovakia.