The Child and Adolescent’s Inheritance of Transgenerational Trauma

A one-day immersion in child/adolescent theory and therapy addressing The Child's Inheritance of Intergenerational Trauma featuring February Weekend conference speaker, Ira Brenner MD.


An internationally diverse, multidisciplinary faculty will explore the child’s Inheritance of Intergenerational Trauma. We will present varieties of inherited trauma and give detailed clinical illustrations ranging from the effects of fetal alcohol to cultural trauma. Invited discussants will respond, and always at an IPI event, there will be much audience participation. The course is for psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapists who work with children or adolescents, or for adult psychotherapists who wish to expand their knowledge of younger patients, or for cogniitive-behavioral child therapists who are curious about the analytic approach in relation to trauma. The course is in four sections of 75 minutes with an introduction and a closing plenary, each of 30 minutes, earing those who complete the evaluation form 6 CEs. We welcome a diverse group of applicants for this one-day pre-conference on February 9, from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm US East coast time.

To get an even fuller experience, register for the full February Weekend conference featuring Ira Brenner in addition to this pre-conference.

Program Chair

Jill Savege Scharff MD, FABP

Program Date(s):

February 9, 2023 - February 9, 2023


Thursday February 9, 2023 

8:00 – 8:30 am             Zoom room opens for introductions
8:30 – 9:00 am Varieties of Trauma Jill Scharff
9:00 – 10:15 am Emma’s Trauma  Louise Gyler
10:15 – 10:30 am             Refreshment Break
10:30 – 11:45 am Transgenerational Transmission and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Presenter: Marissa Turner
Discussant: Ana Maria Barroso
11:45 am – 12:45 pm             Lunch  
12:45 – 2:00 pm A Provider’s Perspective on Transmission in the Alaskan Native population Garrick Fuller
2:00 – 2:10 pm             Refreshment Break
2:10 – 3:25 pm A Child of Trauma Presenter: Ana Maria Mateescu
Discussant: Ira Brenner
3:30 – 4:00 pm Plenary

Program Faculty

Chair: Jill Savege Scharff
Maryland, US

Flora Barragan

Ana Maria Barroso

Anabella Brostella

Garrick Fuller
Alaska, US

David Scharff
Maryland, US

Janine Wanlass
Utah, US

Presenter: Ana Maria Maatescu

Presenter: Marissa Turner
Utah, US

Distinguished Guest Faculty: Ira Brenner
Pennsylvania, US

Distinguished Guest Faculty: Louise Gyler

Educational Objectives

The course focuses on psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapeutic practice in relation to children and adolecents who have suffered direct and indirect trauma through the transmission of intergenerational trauma. This type of trauma has been extensively studied in clinical practice and in research protocols. Empirical research functions as a check on subjectivity and theoretical alliances in on-going attempts to determine the approaches most helpful in working with patients clinically. Research provides compelling evidence that psychodynamic psychotherapy is an effective treatment for common psychological problems of young people and their families during childhood and adolescence.

After attending these presentations, participants wil be able to:

Varieties of Trauma

  • Distinguish between two types of trauma

Emma’s Trauma

  • Describe two aspects of good-enough therapuetic experience for the treatment of trauma
  • Name three aspects of experience deposted in the infantile psyche

Transgenerational Transmission and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

  • Discuss the traumatic interaction of two childhood experiences of intergenerational trauma.
  • Illustrate two ways that a child uses technology to express outrage at loss

A Provider’s Perspective on Transmission in the Alaskan Native Population

  • Describe the effect of two aspects of provider availabilty on a child and his community
  • Discuss one countertransference seen when a therapist of a different culture intervenes in a traumatized family

A Child of Trauma

  • Describe one countertransference that leads to a useful interpretation
  • Describe one example of resistance to therapeutic intervention in a case of trauma


Continuing Education Credit Hours

6 CE credits

Tuition and Fees

Limited scholarship funds are available for this training:

General Registration $175

IPI Member Registration $148.75


Membership Benefits

Become a member of IPI at any level and you will have the option of adding on a Zoom Pro account as one of your member benefits. Associate and Full Members also receive discounted registration fees for most of IPI’s events, a subscription to PEP Web, the online psychoanalytic library, and other benefits depending on membership level.

HIPAA compliant Zoom video accounts are an optional add on for all IPI memberships. IPI has a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement with Zoom, which provides a HIPAA compliant platform for our accounts. HIPPA compliance is strongly recommended for all internet-mediated clinical work and clinical teaching. The “+ Zoom Pro” add-on to the IPI membership gives the user the ability to host online meetings with multiple people at the same time. [Current members can upgrade to the “+ Zoom Pro” account and only pay the difference in price from your current membership level.]

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Continuing Education Information

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0299.

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states. Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.