Trauma: The Strange Heirloom - How Trauma is Transmitted Intergenerationally

Author and psychotherapist, Pearl Goodman of "When Their Memories Became Mine: Moving Beyond My Parents' Past" will be presenting at the Trauma Talks Conference offered by Women's College Hospital, Toronto.
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TORONTO - June 8, 2016 - PRLog -- The purpose of the conference on June 10th, now in its third year, is to provide healthcare professionals with the latest research and information on trauma-informed care while also networking with experts in the field. Ms Goodman's poster presentation  demonstrates how trauma is transmitted intergenerationally, based on her memoir When Their Memories Became Mine: Moving Beyond My Parents' Past.

Ms Goodman points out how the trauma that her parents endured both as survivors of the Holocaust and as immigrants to a new and strange country, impacted their children in deeply psychological ways. She weaves her parents' traumatic fragments during WW2 into the events of her own life in Toronto, and through that process gains perspective, understanding and hope.

Author, Kathy Page, said "When Their Memories Became Mine is a moving first-hand account of the way trauma passes from one generation to the next, and how a child of survivors has risen to the difficult task of excavating and articulating a family history that is both intensely personal and historically relevant."

Dr. Yael Danieli, Clinical psychologist and Director, Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and their Children. New York, NY said "With a keen attention to detail, Pearl Goodman deftly weaves her parents' tragic stories and their aftermath, Canadian realities, and her own, to reveal how legacies of traumatic experiences are lived out from generation to generation. A compelling and insightful read."

One five star review on Amazon stated this is "a story of tragedy, bravery and how trauma affects us all. Pearl Goodman captures her audience with her humour and ability to paint a landscape with words."

For more information about this book, please visit

When Their Memories Became Mine: Moving Beyond My Parents' Past ISBN 978-1927637258, 278 pages is distributed by Ingram and is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters/Indigo and in all e-book formats.

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