Transgenerational trauma is defined as trauma that has been passed down from one generation to another, either directly or indirectly. The authors review the literature on child sexual abuse (CSA), the influence of primary caregivers and transgenerational trauma, and present a case illustration. Specific interventions are offered to provide mental health counselors with innovative tools for ameliorating the effects of transgenerational trauma with this client population.
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Kimberly N. Frazier is affiliated with Clemson University. Cirecie A. West-Olatunji and Rachel D. Goodman are affiliated with the University of Florida. Shirley St. Juste is affiliated with Howard University. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Kimberley N. Frazier, School of Education, Department of Counselor Education, 318 Tillman Hall, Box 340707, Clemson, SC, 29634. E-mail: email@example.com.
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Upon completing this program, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the effects of child sexual abuse and the influence of transgenerational trauma; and
- Describe strategies for ameliorating the effects of transgenerational trauma.