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Repairing Old Wounds: The Healing Work of Therapy - Sue Grand, Ph.D

  • 04/14/2018
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Florida Atlantic University - Gelb Auditorium - 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431


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Presenter: Sue Grand, Ph.D

CE Credits: Three (3) CE Credits


In recent years, therapists are increasingly concerned about the effects of trauma on our patients. Early childhood neglect, violence, sexual abuse, dissociation and PTSD: we recognized how these were troubling our patient.  This allowed us to normalize their predicament, reduce their shame, and help them resolve their pain.   

Recently, the trauma field is inquiring into another form of trauma: old wounds that children absorb from their forebears about the massive cultural traumas that these forebears endured. In families, these wounds are often untold memories. For therapists and patients alike, these untold stories can take shape in our personal, interpersonal, and our creative lives. They can cause us to live a life of self-sacrificing caregiving; they can also cause us to irrationally blame or attack the others in our lives. 

Healing these wounds involves knowing the untold story, and understanding how we unconsciously repeat, and try to repair, that story. In this presentation we will focus on the way women's bodies tell the story, or are used by others to tell that story. Through clinical and historical material, this presentation will link up to a prevailing theme in our contemporary culture: the relationship between power, sexual abuse, and the transmission of paralysis and silence. We will look at therapeutic strategies for repair for both victim and predator. 


Dr Sue Grand is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis; faculty, the trauma program at the National Institute for Psychoanalysis; faculty, the Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis; visiting scholar at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California; and a fellow at the Institute for Psychology and The Other in Boston. She is an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. She is the author of The Reproduction of Evil: A Clinical and Cultural Perspective and The Hero in the Mirror: From Fear to Fortitude. She is the co-editor of two books on the trans-generational transmission of trauma: The Wounds of History AND Trans-generational Transmission and the Other. She is also the co-editor of two forthcoming books on Relational Psychoanalysis: De-centering relational psychoanalysis AND De-idealizing Relational Psychoanalysis. She is in private practice in NYC and in Teaneck NJ. She can be contacted at:


1- Participants will be able to define trans-generational transmission of trauma

2- Participants will be able to identify perpetrator states and practices

3- Participants will be able to link history and culture with sexual dysfunction


9:15am-10:15am - After the Violence: Historical Wounds and Sexual Transgressions

11:00am-12:00pm - Its not Black and White: On love, mourning, and repair

12:00pm-12:30pm: Discussion

12:30pm: Complete Learning Assessment & Adjourn


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  • Exit I-95 at Glades Road and proceed east towards the ocean.
  • Turn left at the first entrance to FAU at the traffic light. It’s NW 10 St, but is called West University Drive. 
  • Keep driving and driving, following the signs to Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine. 
  • West University Drive veers right and turns into North University Drive. The College of Medicine is on the right.
  • The entrance to Parking Lot 2 will be on your right. You can also access Parking Lot 4 from this entrance



SEFAPP is an approved continuing education provider by the Agency for Health Care Administration of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (BAP #587 EXP. 3/2019). This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 3 CE credits. Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. (CE Provider # 50-1832). Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. SEFAPP and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints via email to or by phone to (954) 597-0820.

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