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Ancestral Trauma Blog by Elaine Jea Cooper L.C.S.W.


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Elaine Jean Cooper, L.C.S.W.  is the Author of Let’s All Hold Hands and Drop Dead: War, poverty, famine, slavery doesn’t just affect the survivors; 7 or more generations can suffer.  Three generations have a voice in this book.  The first is a Jew in Ukraine, witnessing the Russian Revolution.  The second are his American children who unconsciously suffer from this trauma.  The third are members of a therapy group who represent the millions of people whose mental health are affected by inherited trauma.  A detailed group therapy meeting, reveals the path to healing.

Suggested Readings

Danieli, Yael. International handbook of multigenerational legacies of trauma. Springer Science & Business Media, 1998.

Frankel, Victor, Man’s Search for Meaning, Boston: Beacon Press, 1984

Volkas, A. (2003). Armand Volkas keynote address. Dramascope: The Newsletter of the National Association for Drama Therapy, 23(1), 6-9.

Volkas, A. (2009) Healing the Wounds of History: Drama Therapy in Collective Trauma and Intercultural Conflict Resolution. In D. Johnson & R. Emunah (Eds.), Current approaches in drama therapy (pp. 145-171), Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

Volkas, A., (2014) Drama Therapy in the Repair of Collective Trauma, In N. Sajnani & D. Johnson (Eds.), Trauma-informed Drama Therapy: Transforming Clinics, Classrooms, and Communities (pp. 41-68), Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.


Blatner, Adam, M.D., Editor (With Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D.)

IMPROVISATIONAL DRAMA:Varieties of Applied Theatre & Performance. New York: iUniverse. Inc., 2007.

Landy, Robert J. & Montgomery, David T. (2012). Theatre for change: education, social action and therapy. London: Palgrave macmillan.


Miller, R, & Volkas, A. Healing the wounds of history: Interactive drama for intercultural communication, compassion and conflict resolution. In A. Blatner. Ed).

Davis, Laura, I Thought We’d Never Speak Again: The Road from Estrangement to Reconciliation, New York, HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 2002.

Leveton, Eva, Editor, Healing Collective Trauma Using Sociodrama and Drama Therapy, New York, Springer Publishing, 2010.

Volkas, A., (2010) Healing the Wounds of History: Japanese and Chinese Cultures Facing the Legacy of the Nanjing Massacre., In Ritsumeikan human services research, Muramoto, K. (Ed.), (pp. 130-156), Kyoto, Japan: Institute of Human Sciences, Ritsumeikan University.

Volkas, A., (2012) A Facilitator’s Reflections on Remembering Nanjing 2011 In Ritsumeikan human services research, Muramoto, K. (Ed.), (pp. 350-364), Kyoto, Japan: Institute of Human Sciences, Ritsumeikan University.


Adams, Maurianne and Lee Anne Belle, Pat Griffin, TEACHING FOR        DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: A Source Book, London and New York: Routledege, Chapman and Hall, Inc., 1997.

Andersen, Margaret L. and Patricia Hill Collins, RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER: An Anthology, Third Edition, Wadsworth Pulbishing, 1997.

Boal, Augusto, (Translated by Adrian Jackson), THE RAINBOW OF DESIRE:      The Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy. London and New York: Routledege, Chapman and Hall, Inc., 1992.

Boal, Augusto, (Translated by Charles A. & Maria-Odilia Leal McBride), THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED, New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1985.

Cossa, Mario, and Sally S. Fleischmann Ember, Laura Grover, Jennifer L. Hazelwood, ACTING OUT: THE WORKBOOK: A Guide to the        Development and Presentation Of Issue-oriented, Audience-interactive,     Improvisational Theatre, Washington, DC: Accelerated Development (A   member of theTaylor & Francis Group), 1996.

Kellerman, Peter Felix, SOCIODRAMA AND COLLECTIVE TRAUMA, London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007.

Kivel, Paul, MEN’S WORK: How to Stop the Violence That Tears Our Lives          Apart, New York: Ballantine Books, 1992.

Lederach, John Paul, THE LITTLE BOOK OF CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION, Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2003.

Lieber, Carol Miller, Conflict Resolution in the High School: 36 Lessons, Cambridge: Educators for Social Responsibility, MA, 1998.

Mindell, Arnold: SITTING IN THE FIRE. Large Group Transformation Using Conflict and Diversity. Lao Tse Press. Portland, Oregon, 1995.

Pasolli, Robert, A BOOK ON THE OPEN THEATRE, New York: Avon Books, 1970.

Rohd, Michael, Theatre for Community, Conflict and Dialogue: The Hope is Vital Training Manual, Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1998.

Rosenberg, Marshall B., Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion, Encinitas, CA: PuddleDancer Press, 1999.

Schutzman, Mady and Jan Cohen-Cruz, PLAYING BOAL: Theatre, Therapy, Activism.. London and New York: Routledege, Inc., 1994

Staub, Ervin, The Roots of Evil: The Origins of Genocide and Other Group Violence, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Steiner, Claude, with Paul Perry, ACHIEVING EMOTIONAL LITERACY: A Persona Program to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence, New York: Avon Books, 1997.

Sternberg, Patricia and Antonina Garcia, SOCIODRAMA: Who’s In Your Shoes?, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers, 1994.

Wiener, Ron, CREATIVE TRAINING: Sociodrama and Team-building, London and Bristol, Pennsylvania: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1997.


Alexander, Jeffrey C., Ron Eyerman, Bernard Giesen, Neil J. Smelser, and Piotr Sztompka. Cultural trauma and collective identity. Univ of California Press, 2004.

Duran, Eduardo. Healing the soul wound: Counseling with American Indians and other Native people. Teachers College Press, 2006.

Kellermann, Natan PF. “Epigenetic transmission of Holocaust Trauma: Can nightmares be inherited?.” The Israel journal of psychiatry and related sciences 50, no. 1 (2013): 33.

Leary, Joy DeGruy. Post traumatic slave syndrome: America’s legacy of enduring injury and healing. Joy DeGruy Publications, 2005.

Schutzenberger, Anne Ancelin. The Ancestor Syndrome: Transgenerational Psychotherapy and the Hidden Links in the Family Tree. Routledge, 2014.