Intergenerational Resilience Method
The Intergenerational Resilience Method is a collection of interventions that are organized to create an efficient and effective system that addresses the impacts of intergenerational trauma across generations.
Intergenerational trauma is passed between generations through genetic changes, environmental stressors, a breakdown in attachment between parent and child, and unhealthy coping patterns. When one generation experiences these difficulties, there is a high likelihood that these patterns will continue into the next generation unless they are addressed.
There are four main pillars of the Method including improving autonomic regulation, increasing earned secure attachment, support child development, and building connection & family resilience. The interventions are based on a combination of Polyvagal Interventions, relational neuroscience, developmental psychology and family resilience interventions.
The Intergenerational Trauma Toolkit for Therapists
The Courageous Way - Intergenerational Trauma Program is a comprehensive intervention program for children, teens, and their families that is based on the framework in the Intergenerational Resilience Method. This is a three phase intervention for parents, children, and teens that are significantly impacted by intergenerational trauma and require a comprehensive family-system approach.
Phase One is based on parent coaching that addresses autonomic regulation, attachment, coregulation, understanding behavior from a trauma-informed lens, and mindful parenting strategies. This phase can also be delivered as a stand-alone parent coaching program for caregivers and foster parents.
Phase Two is a complex trauma intervention to address the unresolved complex trauma that the parent experiences. It follows a framework that further addresses detection of threat & danger, autonomic regulation, advanced trauma responses, and transforming the experience into a resilience based narrative.
Phase Three supports the child or teen to address their developmental trauma, increases family connection & resilience, and enhancing parenting strategies to support children and teens. This phase is similar to Phase Two interventions and addresses detection of threat & danger, autonomic regulation, advanced trauma responses, and transforming the experience into a resilience based narrative in a developmentally appropriate way for children and teens. There are also interventions to support the parent's continued progress in attachment, coregulation, and supporting behavior.
Each of these phases can also be provided as an intervention in itself to build parenting skills (Phase 1), resolve complex trauma in adults or older teens (Phase 2), or support children & teens who have experienced trauma and require greater family connection & resilience (Phase 3).