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Guidelines for Global Network…

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Interested professional organizations that meet and agree to the following guidelines are invited to participate in this landmark collaborative project by forming study groups and contacting
Common Bond Institute at:

Email: Tel/Fax: 269-665-9393
Land mail: 12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, Michigan, 49034, USA
Attn: Steve Olweean, Director

Purpose of the Network:
To link and serve diverse study efforts around the globe in a concerted, comprehensive, long term, and cross-cultural study and understanding of Transgenerational Communal Trauma and it’s dynamics: it’s description, symptoms and identification, implications for past, present, and future, practical and culturally appropriate treatment models for healing communal trauma, and actions for applying this knowledge to our shared human condition. The Network and a Steering Committee are meant to assist and promote a fertile, professional research and study community that supports deep inquiry, shares knowledge, and assists in maintaining a broad cultural and interdisciplinary eye.

A Steering Committee:
multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, multi-generational, and gender balanced in nature, to guide and coordinate this process, seek input, develop supportive policies to advance the mission, develop goals and strategies and mechanisms for accomplishing them, evaluate the progress and evolution of the Network, and accomplish various related tasks. It will function on a regular basis via Email, phone, and Skype. It will also meet in-person as feasible, to at least include in-person meetings at each annual conference.

Intent of these Guidelines:
To offer a broad, predictable structure while allowing for incentive and maximum flexibility for individual study groups to function in a way that best fits their needs and style.

1) Make-up of Each Study Group:

  • Study groups are to be part of an established university, institute, professional association, or professional organization, or an “at-large” study group confirmed by the Steering Committee.
  • In general, groups are reflective of a professional membership that is multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, multi-generational, and gender balanced (although due to it’s proximity a study group may already reflect a particular culture).
  • A coordinator(s) or chair(s) is identified for each study group responsible for being the regular contact(s) and liaison(s) with the Steering Committee, and keeping the Steering Committee updated on any changes in those roles to ensure continuity of communication and the Network.

2) Activities and Responsibilities of Each Group:

  • Agree to engage in scholarly and practical study and research on a consistent basis and share this. Since the Network will produce results at a speed matching overall activity of it’s members, groups are encouraged to do as much as is feasible and fits their energy and resources.
  • Agree to maintain regular communication with other study groups in the Global Network and utilize the virtual platform for sharing learning and knowledge. Although frequency is certainly desirable and can be determined by what is most feasible for each group, regularity is important to ensure the Network maintains a minimum degree of consistency to monitor and confirm the overall activity and status of the Network at any given time. The availability of various free and convenient tools for this purpose, such as a virtual platform provided by Common Bond Institute, WebEx, Skype, Email, etc. and a relatively informal format, can make this uncomplicated and easy to maintain.
  • Agree to send representatives each year to the Annual International Conference on Transgenerational Trauma to share the work of their study group, participate in the conference with other Global Network members, and in turn share conference proceedings and outcomes with their individual study group members.
  • Agree to provide reporting – at minimum a brief summary of goals, activities, any outcomes or results, questions and issues raised, etc. every 6 months, and a fuller report every 12 months (preferably in time to include and archive in the annual conference materials shared with all participants).

3) In addition, Study Groups are invited to:

Offer input and recommendations into development of the Global Network and the annual conference

  • Contribute articles and findings to the virtual Journal of Transgenerationsal Trauma being developed, E-newsletter, and archives, including the development of a comprehensive bibliography (researchers maintain rights to materials).
  • Submit proposals to present or facilitate sessions in the program of the Annual TT Conference (1st preference is given to considering proposals from existing members of the Network).

pdf version of General Guidelines