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Episode 28: Historical and Intergenerational Trauma: How Understanding and Developing a Family Narrative Can Help us Heal

Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross

This week, Ashley and Sam sit down with Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS to discuss the impact of historical and intergenerational trauma. Dr. Ross shares how trauma experienced in generations prior to ours can have a large impact on us and explain why we may engage in some of the patterns that we engage in.

Dr. Ross also speaks to the importance of understanding and exploring the familial narrative of one’s family in an effort to explore both traumatic events that have led to family behavioral patterns, as well as resiliency patterns that have helped families flourish.

Check out Dr. Ross’ TEDx talk at the following link, her websites at: and, and the ACES questionnaires at the following link.

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