The Invisible Indigenous: America’s Untold Story of Intergenerational Trauma

May 4, 2024, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

All times listed are in Pacific Time (PT) unless otherwise noted.

** Registration will close at 4:00 PM on Friday, May 03, 2024. No registrations are possible after this time, no exceptions. ***


  • Pre-registration is required. Registration closes at 4 PM on the day before the event.
  • The program presentation runs from at 9 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, May 4th, 2024, See below for full schedule.
  • This conference will be held In Person and online via Zoom.
  • NCP encourages wearing masks when in communal settings for the health and safety of all guests. Masks are always available at the entrance to the building and by asking an NCP staff member.
  • 3 CE credits are offered for this program. Sign in and Sign out is required for CE/CME Credit. 
  • You will receive confirmation and details by email. 
  • Contact Byrd at if you have questions regarding this program. 


This discussion will highlight how one clinician’s experience of intergenerational trauma was found and understood through working in social justice-oriented spaces. Part of the discussion will focus on a female student from the American University of Afghanistan who escaped Afghanistan and continued her studies at another academic institution in central Asia. Specific attention will be given to the experiences of power and control exerted by several male figures that had significant influence on her studies and ability to consider issues of immigration. This student’s experience of trauma includes the known issues of the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban as well as additional trauma experienced after she escaped. The experiences of this student were also impacted by themes of isolation, loss of home, and separation from her family. There were specific issues of countertransference as it relates to the gender identity of the therapist. Finally, the presentation will discuss the therapist’s disavowed feelings of his own historical family trauma as being a mixed-race white/Native American. 

This presentation hopes to remind us that the invisible indigenous as well as other invisible identities are sitting in our rooms. Attached to these invisible identities may be trauma histories and yet the patient may not have the language to speak to them without assistance. Further, the patient may have been rendered invisible by forces outside of them. Together, in this discussion, we can work to find ways to make the invisible visible once more. 

Introductory comments by Brian Stachowiak, MA, LMFT, Chair of NCP's Committee on Diversities and Socio-cultural Inequities.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe intergenerational trauma
  • Critique the ways in which intergenerational trauma has been observed or ignored in psychoanalytic treatment
  • Discuss the concept of the invisible indigenous and how this is or is not incorporated into clinical work
  • Assess the gaps in psychoanalytic literature and apply the information obtained in the conference to address these gaps as the present in their clinical work

Program Coordinator: Brian Stachowiak, MA, LMFT



_images/HS_cooper_academic_cropped.jpgMarty A. Cooper, PhD, LMHC, NCC, is an Associate Professor at State University of New York Old Westbury in the graduate Mental Health Counseling program. He is a licensed psychologist with domestic and international experience. He is a fellow and candidate at NYU’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. His research focuses on the intersections of multiple minority statuses with specific emphasis on sexual orientation, gender identity, and ageism. He is co-editor of the journal GROUP. In his private practice he focuses on trauma, personality disorders, and LGBTQ+ individuals. Dr. Cooper is actively involved with the New York City Medical Reserve Corp, and HealthRight International’s Human Rights Clinic providing asylum assessment. 



This event will be recorded via Zoom. The video may also be used for educational purposes. Zoom attendees: If you do not wish to be recorded, please turn your camera off. By registering for this event, you grant permission to THE NEW CENTER FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS to the rights of your images, in video or still, and of the likeness and sound of your voice as recorded on audio or video. All registrants will receive a link to the recording so they may review. Only live attendance receives credit.


This talk is open to mental health professionals and to the public interested in psychoanalytic perspectives, the indigenous experience, and intergenerational trauma.
Level: Every level.


General registration $75 | Candidates and Students $25 | Indigenous $0 (Free Admission)

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  3. Wait 7 business days.

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IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

-Updated July 2021-

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 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 a maximum of 3 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.  The New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists must report CE credits directly to MCEP using this document to verify attendance. Please note that a Psychologist must attend the CE program in its entirety in order to receive credit.  

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