CDLS presents a workshop on Intergenerational Trauma with profile photos of the facilitators Alison Hunte and Dr. Michelle Nyangereka


Healing Intergenerational Trauma

Workshop sponsored by the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science and the American Indian Studies Center

A workshop of Exploration, Understanding, and Connection with Alison Hunte and Dr. Michelle Nyangereka.

Please join Alison Hunte and Michelle Nyangereka on Tuesday, Jan 30 as they facilitate an explorative workshop about the emerging field of intergenerational trauma. The workshop will take place from 2:30pm-5:30pm PT at the La Kretz Garden Pavillion in the UCLA Mathias Botanical Garden.

Spaces are limited, so sign up now to secure your spot. RSVP here

The workshop invites participants to think about how this type of trauma may be present in their lives and explore creative ways to mitigate its effects. We explore how art, community, and mindfulness can be sources of self-healing tools. The workshop is a relaxed space that gives opportunities for sharing, reflection and discussion.

We will cover

  • The definition of Intergenerational trauma and what is understood about it so far. 
  • Examples of Intergenerational trauma and its manifestations. 
  • We will do art exercises to explore trauma and heal. 
  • The use of mindfulness and meditation as part of trauma healing.
  • The practices and environments that contribute to healing trauma.

This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science (CDLS) and the American Indian Studies Center (AISC).

  • There are a limited number of seats on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • This workshop is suited to people over 18 years old.
  • All art supplies will be provided, along with light refreshments.

Alison Hunte, MA MBACP (Accred), Trauma Psychotherapist and Artist

Alison Hunte is a Trauma Psychotherapist and artist who has been working in the field of complementary and mental health for over 20 years. She originally trained as a body worker, and it was through this work that she became interested in trauma and its effects. And so, in 2009 she re-trained, gaining a master’s degree in Psychotherapy. In the last 15 years, she has gained extensive experience working within the National Health Service, in universities, and privately. She is also a seasoned group facilitator, having run a variety mental health related groups and she is a mental health first aid trainer. Having undertaken further studies in EMDR and Somatic Trauma Therapy, Alison now specializes in Trauma Psychotherapy. She sits on the management board of a charity commissioned to provide counseling to adult survivors of childhood trauma and is a senior counselor in a university counseling service.

Her art career has run alongside her development as a therapist. She is a fine art printmaker and uses her work to express emotional and psychological states. She is a long-term meditator and ritual practitioner, this has influenced her artwork and adds richness to her psychotherapeutic practice. Alison is passionate about the healing power of creativity and how individuals, groups, and communities can heal.

Dr. Michelle Nyangereka, Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol, MBPS, HCPC registered)

An unapologetic people watcher, Dr. Michelle Nyangereka is a storytelling psychologist. Having previously worked in Diversity for the BBC and later in radio and television research, Michelle is now a filmmaker and Counselling Psychologist. Michelle has worked in mental health services for the past 13 years – in the charity sector, the NHS, a school for young people with emotional and behavioral difficulties, and has been running a private practice for the past 11 years. She has experience in a variety of contexts, from primary care psychology services to community mental health teams. She is a chartered member of The British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

Since researching the intergenerational transmission of trauma in Ugandans for her doctoral thesis, Michelle has developed a personal and professional interest in the ongoing trauma of racism. In particular, the embodiment of intergenerational trauma and the importance of taking an Afro-centric approach to therapy for Black people. As the world awakens to and begins to dismantle white supremacy, Michelle’s commitment to helping BIPOC complete intergenerational cycles and create a legacy of empowerment is more relevant than ever.