Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Its Legacy

October 15, 2020, 7:30 - 9:30 PM

with Andrei Novac, MD 

This Scientific Meeting will take place online via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive an email with the link and more information.

*** Registration will close at 4:00 PM on the evening of the event. No registrations are possible after this time.


The field of Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma (ITT) has been of interest to psychoanalysts and traumatic stress researchers for the past five decades. First described by psychoanalysts, themselves Holocaust survivors, this field of inquiry has been at times considered controversial. A large body of psychoanalytic literature based on clinical experience has stimulated both clinical and neurobiological research. This important work has provided evidence that parental trauma is transmitted to offspring in an encoded manner through multiple pathways. These may include the vertical non-genetic transmission of traits, exposure of offspring to parental child-rearing difficulties, transplacental transmission of dysregulated neuroendocrine function, and long-term epigenetic consequences. Regulation, attachment, and transference, when working with traumatized individuals, will be covered. Dr. Novac will also illustrate proposed neural mechanisms of error prediction and predictive coding in memory reshaping in therapeutic processing. 

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this program, participants should be able to: 

  • Explain how trauma can be transmitted to future generations through multiple pathways
  • Discuss how transmitted trauma may impact regulation, attachment and transference
  • Describe the connection between memory reshaping and the therapeutic process


images/Novac.jpgAndrei Novac, MD, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, where he has supervised and lectured for over 30 years. Dr. Novac will share his experience of over 25 years as the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Program in the Department of Psychiatry, UCI and as a past chair of the Intergenerational Study Group at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. He is the author of over 50 academic papers and book chapters on mood disorders and on trauma and brain function and behavior. He is a member of NCP, where he serves on the Research Committee. Additionally, he is the author of three books of poetry.


Target audience: Mental health professionals and open to the public interested in psychoanalytic perspectives. Open to members and the community.

2 CE/CME Credits

$20 with 2 CE Credits; Free attendance without CE Credits


"How do I get my CE/CME Credit?"

  1. Pre-Register below
    • If you are registering for the first time you will receive a welcome email. You must follow the directions in this email to complete your registration in order to access your certificates. 
  2. You will receive an email with an evaluation 2 days after the event
  3. Complete the evaluation
  4. Wait 2 business days
  5. Download your Certificate on the NCP website



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  

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