With new research shedding light on the impact of intergenerational trauma, it’s critical to help families overcome the long-term effects of trauma and poverty that is passed down from one generation to the next, Jeanne Felter, director of the M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling Program, wrote in a Dec. 19 commentary in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“Many of us who work in human services recognize this to be a critical time. Systems are strained, resources are scarce, and the needs of those we serve are tremendous,” Felter said. “We must resolve to do a better job in 2018 of supporting our city’s children and families and help end the devastating intergenerational cycles of poverty and trauma.”