Call For Articles

Special 2017 Issue Topic:

Transgenerational Trauma and Psychotherapy

Guest Editor:
Steve Olweean, Director, Common Bond Institute

IJP is the Journal of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP). It is a peer-reviewed, scientific psychotherapy journal, published 3 times per annum ( EAP is a member of the World Council for Psychotherapy (WCP); and an International (Non-Governmental Organisation) NGO member of the Council of Europe (

Transgenerational Trauma is an underlying and complex global syndrome that divides, polarizes, and perpetuates enemy images, has been a central basis for past conflict and wars, and is a potent fuel for the eruption of violence in the present and future. Understanding it’s dynamics and implications, and developing ways to effectively prevent and treat it, are essential to healing and reconciliation within and between communities, establishing compassionate local and global relations, and achieving sustainable peace.

Profound psychological and emotional injuries may be the most enduring effects of war and violence, yet historically, they are the least addressed in rebuilding a community or society and preventing future violence within and between communities. Large-scale recovery efforts commonly focus on more visible needs of food, shelter, clothing, physical health, security, and economic aid. However, effects of deep psychological trauma on individuals, families, and ultimately their communities are typically neglected, minimized, and seldom resolved. This invariably leads to transgenerational trauma becoming imbedded as part of the psyche of a society, extending wounds into future generations where they too often play out in dysfunctional behavior, further violence, and the creation of new victims. In this way the cycle of violence and the cycle of trauma directly contribute to each other.

Treating large civilian populations experiencing catastrophic psychological trauma pervasive at all levels of a society due to war and violence poses unique challenges not typically focused on in the therapeutic literature or conventional clinical practice, where historical applications are with individuals or small groups. As a result, the lack of action has been primarily due to a lack of workable models and methodologies in the field of mental health for undertaking such an immense, long-term task of treating at the large scale, community level, and particularly where the local human service infrastructure is significantly lacking or compromised.

What is needed are new, culturally appropriate, practical models and methods – both at the individual and societal level – for healing trauma and preventing it’s transfer into future generations.
With this special issue we hope to bring together perspectives and approaches that promote a concerted movement toward addressing this challenge in the field of psychotherapy.


Article submissions are welcome from practitioners, academics, and researchers. Submissions should be original contributions and are subject to peer review.

All submissions and inquires should be sent to:
Steve Olweean at: 1-269-665-9393
With Subject Heading: “ IJP 2016 – Submission “

* Please see a full list of guidelines and requirements under “Authors” tab in top menu of the IJP website at:
Related Conferences on Communal and Transgenerational Trauma in 2016:
This special IJP issue will be published near the time of our 2 upcoming back-to-back conferences this year:
– the 5th Annual International Conference on Transgenerational Trauma,
held in Amman, Jordan on October 26-29, 2016, and
– the International Conference on the Refugee Crisis in Europe and the Middle East,
held in Freiburg, Germany on November 1-3, 2016
Authors interested in also presenting in either of these conference programs are encourage to submit presenter proposals.
For Full Details:
See: Jordan:
or Contact: 1-269-665-9393
Editorial Assistant:
A Unique Professional Volunteer Opportunity
Research Opportunities:
Global Network for the study of Transgenerational Trauma
Steve Olweean, Director, Common Bond Institute
at: or 1-269-665-9393