International Journal of

Communal and Transgenerational Trauma


Call For Articles


C0Editors In Chief:
Steve Olweean and Myron Eshowsky

IJCTT is the journal of Common Bond Institute (CBI) and the International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA). It is published 2 times per annum.


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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 history, 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.
IJCTT brings together perspectives and approaches that promote a concerted interdisciplinary and cross-cultural movement toward addressing this challenge.



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

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


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Authors interested in also presenting in the TT Conference program are encouraged to submit presenter proposals.
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