Disrupting Cycles of Intergenerational Trauma: An Introduction to a Trauma-informed Approach

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A self-paced 4 week online introductory course to create a deeper awareness of
trauma-informed practice in the context of inter-generational trauma and to begin applying it to your personal and work settings.

Self-paced Online Course

Welcome to R-Cubed’s Disrupting cycles of intergenerational trauma: an introduction to a trauma-informed approach” and thank you for joining us! We hope that this course helps you to develop a deeper awareness of trauma-informed practice in the context of intergenerational trauma and to begin applying it to your personal and work settings.

What are the Course Outcomes?

  • Identify the cycles of intergenerational trauma
  • Gain an understanding of the effects of trauma from the individual to systemic levels
  • Identify and describe the principles of trauma-informed practice in relation to one’s context

How is the course structured?

The course will be run completely online with a mix of live and self-paced sessions over a period of 4 weeks:

Why is this course self-paced?

We have intentionally structured the course so that it can be completed in small stages to allow you to digest the information slowly and at your own pace during each week. We encourage you to take your time to work through the content and to revisit different sections during the course. Remember you will have access to the content until 14 August 2022, should you wish to review anything. In preparation for session four, which is a live session, we encourage you to keep a record of your reflections as you work through the content.  

Please note that in order to move onto the next session you will need to complete the multiple-choice questions at the end of each session. Certificates will be emailed to you at the end of the course, once you have completed the evaluation form.

Meet R-Cubed’s Team of Trauma Disruptors

The introduction session will be facilitated by Grant, Natalie and Minkateko.

*Subsequent to the development of the course and the recording of the video sessions, Dr Lane Benjamin has left R-Cubed as a Director and has taken on a full-time position within the Government sector. The video recordings remain the property of R-Cubed and will continue to be used as part of the introductory course.

Is the course CPD accredited?

For health care professionals registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA), this course is accredited for 10 CEUs (which includes 2 ethics points).

The Importance of Being Mindful

The content in this course deals with sensitive topics and could potentially be triggering and elicit emotional or psychological responses. While completing the course please be mindful of your own responses and we encourage you to take care of yourself and your wellbeing during this time. Please speak to someone you trust or a trained professional if required. We are not liable for any psychological or emotional distress. If you require additional support or a referral please email us at info@r-cubed.co

If you would like to learn more about R-Cubed please go to https://r-cubed.co/about/ and https://r-cubed.co/processes/ 

We look forward to engaging with you over the next few weeks.

Remember that you can contact us at any point via email at info@r-cubed.co if you have any questions or queries.

Enjoy the Course!

Resources for participants’

Session One 


Brave Heart, M. Y.H., Chase, J., Elkins, J., & Altschul, D.B. (2011). Historical trauma among Indigenous peoples of the Americas: Concepts, research, and clinical considerations. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 43(4), 282-290.


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References from Slideshow presentation

Atkinson, J. (2002). Trauma trails, recreating song lines: The transgenerational effects of trauma in Indigenous Australia. Melbourne: Spinifex Press.

Brave Heart, M. Y.H., Chase, J., Elkins, J., & Altschul, D.B. (2011). Historical trauma among Indigenous peoples of the Americas: Concepts, research, and clinical considerations. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 43(4), 282-290.

Desjaria, S.A. (2012). Emptying the cup: Healing fragmented identity. An anishinawbekwe perspective on historical trauma and culturally appropriate consultation.  Fourth World Journal, 11(1), 43-96.

Garbarino, J. (2015). Listening to killers: lessons learned from my twenty years as a psychological expert witness in murder cases. University of California Press.

Goodman, R. D. (2015). A liberatory approach to trauma counseling: Decolonizing our trauma-informed practices. In Decolonizing “multicultural” counseling through social justice (pp. 55-72). Springer, New York, NY.

Gould, C. (2015). Beaten bad-the life stories of violent offenders. Institute for Security Studies Monographs2015(192), 1-144.

Session Two 

  1. ACES and Trauma-informed care:

Leitch, L. Action steps using ACEs and trauma-informed care: a resilience model. Health Justice 5, 5 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40352-017-0050-5

Link to above article: https://rdcu.be/b6rG5

  1. Interview with Porges on Polyvagal theory:


  1. Additional references for your interest:

Siegel, D. J., & Solomon, M. (Eds.). (2003). Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mind, Body and Brain (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology). WW Norton & Company.

Porges, S. W. (2011). The polyvagal theory: neurophysiological foundations of emotions, attachment, communication, and self-regulation (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology). WW Norton & Company.

Levine, P. A., & Frederick, A. (1997). Waking the tiger: Healing trauma: The innate capacity to transform overwhelming experiences. North Atlantic Books.

Polyvagel Animation Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdIQRxwT1I0

Session Three 

Steven Wineman’s book Power Under which can be downloaded from http://www.traumaandnonviolence.com/

My Grandmothers Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach can be downloaded at: https://store.samhsa.gov/product/SAMHSA-s-Concept-of-Trauma-and-Guidance-for-a-Trauma-Informed-Approach/SMA14-4884

What is Trauma-informed Care? – Centre for Health Care Strategies https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=36&v=fWken5DsJcw&feature=emb_logo

Getting Started with Trauma-informed Practices - Edutopia


The Paradox of Trauma-informed Care - Vicky Kelly


Intergenerational Trauma - Resmaa Menakem


What Trauma Taught Me About Resilience - Charles Hunt


Can harnessing trauma revolutionize our world? - Dan Glass


Empathy - Simon Sinek


How to build and rebuild trust -  Frances Frei


Why good leaders make you feel safe -  Simon Sinek