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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 psychologist and award-winning children’s book author. She is Associate Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco, Director of Dissemination, and Implementation for Child- Parent Psychotherapy, and a member of the board of directors of Zero to Three. She has spent the last 28 years conducting research, clinical work, and training in the area of childhood trauma and has co-authored over 20 publications on trauma and diversity-informed practice. Her children’s books include Once I Was Very Very Scared, Holdin Pott, You Weren’t with Me, Mama’s Waves, and the Trinka and Sam disaster series, which has reached over 350,000 families across 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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