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Chandra Ghosh Ippen    

Associate Director & Dissemination Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco

Chandra Ghosh Ippen is a child trauma psychologist specializing in working with families with children under age 6. She is co-developer of Child-Parent Psychotherapy and the associate director of the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco.

She has spent over 30 years conducting clinical work, research, and training in the area of childhood trauma and diversity-informed practice. She is also an award-winning children’s book author and has written 5 children’s books as well as the free "Trinka and Sam" disaster series, which has been translated and distributed to over 400,000 families around the world.

Speech Topics

Understanding & Responding to Relational Trauma in Child- Parent Psychotherapy

Selma Fraiberg taught us about the “Ghosts in the Nursery,” unmetabolized relational experiences that can haunt a parent’s interactions with their child. Decades of work in the area of domestic violence has shown us how parents and children may serve as trauma reminders for one another, triggering each other, hindering healing and interfering with safety within these critically important relationships. This presentation uses clinical vignettes and metaphors to illustrate interconnections between parents and children’s histories and reactions and highlight ways that two-generation interventions, like Child-Parent Psychotherapy, can repair relational trauma for both generations.

Objectives: Participants will be able to: 1) Name the components of the Child-Parent Psychotherapy triangle 2) Visually depict, using the Child-Parent Psychotherapy triangle, ways that trauma to one generation (parent or child) can impact the other generation 3) Describe the theory of ghosts in the nursery

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