The Impact of Intergenerational Trauma on Eating Disorders

The Impact of Intergenerational Trauma on Eating Disorders

Research dating back generations has explored the impact of various forms of trauma, including race-based trauma, on families and offspring. People in healthcare professions, the judicial system, and behavioral health have rarely been educated in treating trauma that is not solely individual and acute. Statistics show that trauma can have an impact on brain development and its effects can define and limit a person from childhood through adulthood – affecting all areas of their life and their mental and physical health. An understanding of the social and local contexts of trauma can enrich relationships with coworkers, help improve the understanding of the root causes of behavioral issues in children, enable teachers to identify trauma effects that impact a child or adolescent’s ability to learn, and provide context for adaptive responses that may lead to risky behaviors and rupture relationships. Understanding how intergenerational trauma effects can hijack a person’s life can also lead to the recognition that intervening and treating trauma can bring many gifts.

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Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS-S

Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS-S

Co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity, author, speaker, expert in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma and addictions

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the effects of childhood trauma on the developing brain;
  • Define intergenerational trauma;
  • Describe the connection between trauma, including racial trauma, and risk for medical, behavioral and mental health disorders;
  • Describe how intergenerational trauma impacts parenting, money management, work performance and absenteeism, and relationship stability;
  • List 3 gifts that are available from becoming aware of intergenerational trauma.

To Obtain CE Credit

  1. Complete the registration form.
  2. View the webinar video.
  3. Complete the evaluation survey.
  4. Complete the post-test.
  5. You will receive a certificate by email within 7 business days.

Accreditation Statement

The National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NCEED maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Webinar Details


Primary care and behavioral health providers serving children, adolescents, and young adults

Learning Level





1.0 Hours


1 CE Credit or Certificate of Attendance