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Uninvited guests from unremembered pasts: Clinical explorations of intergenerational trauma in working with both children and ourselves - SPONSORED BY: The Ernst and Gertrude Ticho Charitable Foundation.

  • 01/23/2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM


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PRESENTER:   Michael O'Loughlin, Ph. D

Saturday, January 23, 2021

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

ZOOM - Virtual Conference

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In the first part of the presentation I will begin with an exploration of Ireland’s Great Hunger. Looking particularly through the prism of my own family experience growing up in Ireland, I will illustrate the ways in which the psychological sequelae of that trauma live on in the psychic lives of Irish people and the Irish diaspora. I will explore the implications of spectral presences, ghostly echoes, and uninvited guests in our lives, and in our patients’ lives. I will examine the consequences for the future professional and relational life of a child who, growing up in the shadow of psychic deadness, is, in the words of Andre Green, simply “forbidden to be”. What kind of relational conundrums does such a child—later adult—present in therapy as she/he grapples with impossible mourning for an inherited loss?

Following discussion, I will move to the second part of my presentation, which will focus on clinical work with children. Drawing on my own clinical work, including slides of children’s drawings, I will illustrate the ways in which the suffering of parents is, in the words of Judith Kestenberg, transposed into the child. I will offer clinical examples of how desire may be fostered in a child who has previously failed to experience his or her own experience, and whose only form of living is through ventriloquation of parental desire—a desire experienced by the child as an anxiety-producing demand.


Michael O’Loughlinis a professor in the College of Education and Health Sciences and in Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University, as well as faculty in the Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He has conducted asylum evaluations since 2005, and he has trained hundreds of physicians and mental health workers in asylum evaluation processes. In 2017 he founded the Adelphi Asylum Project which has permitted doctoral students to engage in asylum work under supervision. He is co-editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. He has written and edited books on childhood subjectivity, on inter-generational trauma and historical memory, on cultural issues in psychotherapy, and on the psycho-social origins of psychosis and severe psychic distress. His most recent book, written with Secil Arac-Orhun and Montana Queler, and released in 2019, is Lives Interrupted: Psychiatric Narratives of Struggle and Resilience. He edits a book series, Psychoanalytic Studies: Clinical, Social, and Cultural Contexts, which currently has 13 titles published or in preparation, and he is co-editor with Awad Ibrahim, Gabrielle Ivinson and Marek Tesar of  a second book series, Critical Childhood & Youth Studies: Clinical, Educational, Social and Cultural Inquiry. He has a private practice for psychotherapy and psychoanalysis on Long Island, New York. He is currently working on a book on the traumatic sequel of Ireland’s Great Hunger. Website:


  1. Be able to explain the relationship between trauma, history and memory, and articulate how this relationship might present with patients in the consulting room.
  2. Be able to identify 3 leading theorists who have applied intergenerational understanding to clinical work with children, and what their key contributions were.
  3. Formulate 3 clinical implications arising from considering the transposition of parental or ancestral trauma into children


9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome and Introduction
9:15 am - 10:15 am Ghostly Echoes and Uninvited Guest in the Lives of Patients and Therapists
10:15 am - 10:45 am Discussion
10:45 am - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Clinical Work With Children
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pm   

*Learning assessments will be emailed to participants for CE credits 


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 This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 3 CE credits. 

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, expires March 31, 2021). Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  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 to SEFAPP Administrator at (954) 597-0820.

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