Announcing a New Seminar

Trauma, Ghosts, and Hauntings

This 10-session seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of trauma, from its environmental origins to intrapsychic manifestations and intergenerational transmission. We’ll discuss 3 to 4 papers per session, some classic, mostly contemporary. The readings consist of rich, evocative case studies along with some theoretical papers. The authors include Ghislaine Boulanger, Haydee Faimberg, Selma Fraiberg, Lenore Terr, and Bessel van der Kolk, among others. Each seminar participant may read as much or as little as desired from the reading list for the session. Class time will be allotted to share our own cases as we explore the literature on trauma dynamics and treatment implications.

2/12 Preverbal Trauma: Do Babies Remember?

2/19  Intergenerational Transmission and Its Mechanisms

2/26  Shock/Event Trauma Versus Cumulative/Strain Trauma

3/5  Parent Loss in Childhood and Adolescence

3/12  Sexual Abuse and Its Organizational Transmission

3/26  Adults with an Early History of Shock or Strain Trauma

4/2  Shell Shock and the Organizational Sanction of Torture

4/9  Adult Onset Trauma

4/23  Collective Trauma and Shared Therapist-Client Trauma

4/30 Ancestral Hauntings and Wounded Healers

The seminar will be facilitated by JoAnn Ponder, PhD, a psychologist/psychoanalyst in private practice in Austin. She completed her training in adult psychoanalysis and child psychotherapy at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, where she currently serves on the faculty. She also completed postgraduate training programs in infant-parent MH intervention and object relational family-couples therapy. She has presented at national and international psychoanalytic conferences. Two of her publications (a book chapter on parent loss and a journal article on collective trauma following the Tower shootings at UT) are included on the syllabus for this seminar. JoAnn has developed and facilitated numerous classes at CFPS and salons at ASPP over the years.

Schedule: 10 Tuesdays from February – April 2019, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Cost: $400

Location: JoAnn’s office, 3660 Stoneridge Rd., Ste. D-102, Austin

Registration: Contact JoAnn at (512) 496-8244 or

Categories: Classified