Intergenerational Trauma, with particular focus on black identity wounding

Saturday 27 November 2021

As clinicians we may struggle to understand the part history plays for our clients. This workshop is an opportunity to explore how our past and its traumatic transmissions still contribute to creating ongoing challenges for cultural, social and racial identity.


Our history is deeply embedded in the unconscious and becoming more fully aware of its impact can help facilitate deeper understanding of the struggles clients face in their daily lives. The workshop will provide a space to increase and strengthen your cross-cultural competence in clinical practice.

The aims of this workshop are:

  • To identify and work with untreated trauma passed on to second and subsequent generations.
  • To work more competently with dynamics of intergenerational trauma, particularly in the black/white context.

Historical trauma caused specifically by the impact of cultural, racial, societal oppression, creates challenges for both the individual and the collective. This workshop will closely examine how these challenges impact the work of transgenerational healing and our individuation process.

Dr Aileen Alleyne is a UKCP registered psychodynamic psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and organisational consultant.  In addition to running her private practice in East Sussex and South East London, she is a visiting lecturer at several training institutions and a consultant on issues of race and cultural diversity within various workplace settings, such as the NHS, Social Services, Education and the Police Services. Her clinical research, examining black workers’ experiences in three institutional settings, makes a significant contribution to the discourse on race.

Highlighting the concept of ‘the internal oppressor’, it offers ways of deepening understanding of black psychological reactions to the negative impact of racism. Aileen is the author of several book chapters and journal papers exploring themes on black/white dynamics, shame, and identity wounding, and working with issues of Difference and Diversity in the workplace. She is currently writing her first book on Trans/ Intergenerational Trauma.

Target Audience:

This workshop is suitable for and open to ALL practitioners working therapeutically with adults and children.

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