After the Webinar: Intergenerational Trauma. Q&A with Duane Bowers

Webinar presenter  Duane Bowers answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Intergenerational Trauma. Here are just a few of his responses.


Audience Question: Are there any books that you can recommend for individuals looking to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma, or to understand more about it? 

Duane Bowers: I have not found good books yet. I’m sure they’re going to come out probably next five years. What’s happening now is, there’s a lot of research going on, and I think once the research becomes pretty accepted, then people will start projecting what are the best interventions and that sort of thing. I think we’re just becoming aware of it, but I’m not aware of it. And if others are, let me know because I would like to know, as well. This book that I talked about here, Healing Collective Trauma, Hubl is not a mental health person. But certainly, if you read the book, it has great exposure to mental health and understands the Mental Health World a great deal, but short answer, no, I don’t, sorry.


Audience Question: Since we have all experienced the trauma through the last two years with COVID, that we too, might be affected in the same way that our epigenetics have been changed as a result? 

Duane Bowers: There is no question, and I was actually going to bring that up as part of my talking points, but I ran out of time. Absolutely. First of all, remember, we needed to look at, for it to be traumatic. Were we adding a threat, or are we being threatened physically? Or is our life being threatened? Well, absolutely. And people who had loved ones died and couldn’t even be there when their loved ones died. And that sort of thing, absolutely. Absolutely epigenetic markers have been formed as a result of this. The amount of suicides, the number of suicides went up, all sorts of things happen so that there were secondary traumas as well going on as a result of the pandemic. So, no question. It is that the pandemic is traumatic for most of us because we could certainly be injured or killed as a result of it. And with all of the politics and all of the other secondary stuff that went on with it, those epigenetic markers are probably numerous, just in what we had to do just to feel like we needed to survive. So, she’s absolutely right.


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