Unlocking the Ancestral Chain: Exploring Generational Trauma’s Effect on Intimate Relationships

Living Arts Counseling Center & Healing the Wounds of History


Unlocking the Ancestral Chain

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Exploring Generational Trauma’s Effect on Intimate Relationships A One-Day Workshop

We are all children of the past. Generational trauma impacts our relationships whether we are aware of it or not. Two experts come together with complementary theories and techniques to examine its consequences on intimate relationships.  Through group processes and action methods, the facilitators will guide participants through an exploration of the ways we carry our ancestors’ unfinished business. Let us build upon the foundation that our ancestors constructed and move towards healing, transformation and resilience. register-now-button

Facilitated by: Elaine Cooper, LCSW and Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT

Date/Time: Saturday, August 23, 2014 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Location: The Living Arts Counseling Center 1265 65th Street Emeryville, CA

Cost: $100

For Information and Registration Contact: (510) 595-5500, Ext 11


Elaine Cooper is a Clinical Professor at the University of California School of Medicine at San Francisco.  She is an internationally recognized expert in the practice of group psychotherapy.  Elaine has been on the faculty of Smith College, New York University, New York Medical College, Hunter College, Adelphi University and U.C. Berkeley.  She received her Master’s from the University of California, at Berkeley in 1964.   Elaine has developed four group programs in major hospitals. She is a fellow and former Board member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.  She is past president of the Northern Group Psychotherapy Society.  She currently has a clinical practice in Berkeley, California.  She has written a book about her own generational trauma and healing:  LET’S ALL HOLD HANDS AND DROP DEAD: Three Generations – One Story.

armand-photo-150x188 Armand Volkas is a psychotherapist, drama therapist and theatre director. He is Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Emeryville, California. He is also Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies and Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University and Sofia University. He is Artistic Director of the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble and has developed innovative programs using drama therapy in intercultural conflict transformation, collective trauma and the transgenerational transmission of trauma. Armand’s Healing the Wounds of History approach has received international recognition for bringing groups in conflict together, including Germans and Jews; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese, Chinese and Koreans; Armenians and Turks; Tamil and Singhalese and African-Americans and European-Americans.register-now-button