Illness, bad relationships, financial stress–are you unconsciously re-living your family history?

Inherited Family Trauma Training Program and Family Constellation Workshop Coming to San Francisco Bay Area October 2012

Online PR News – 19-September-2012 – Calgary, AB – Director of The Hellinger Institute of Northern California, Mark Wolynn will explore the far-reaching and adverse effects of inherited family trauma in a highly effective training program October 6th – 9th in Mill Valley, CA .

It is not just our eye color, bone structure or height that we inherit. We also inherit our family’s emotional patterns. While our physical traits are easily discernible, our emotional legacy is often hidden from us.

We are profoundly affected by our family history. Traumatic events -- the premature death of a parent, sibling or child, an abandonment, crime or suicide -- can exert a powerful influence over us, and in fact can leave their imprint on our entire family system for generations. These imprints then become the family blueprint, as family members unconsciously repeat the sufferings of the past. Anxiety, fear, financial worries, addictions, depression, illness and failed relationships can all be forms of our unconscious inheritance.

“It’s a common theme we see all the time: sad mother, sad daughter... alcoholic father, alcoholic son... the relationship difficulties of the parents, mirrored by the children,” says Wolynn.

Rooted in Bert Hellinger’s Family Constellation Therapy, physicians, psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists, coaches, addiction counselors and other allied health professionals will have the opportunity to learn how to add this dimension of diagnosis and intervention to their practices, expanding their therapeutic reach and greatly enhancing what they can bring to their clients. Once learned, it is a diagnostic tool that can pinpoint the root of an issue often within a single session.

“Many of our traditional models of health and healing do not consider the impact that family traumas have on future generations. When a trauma is unresolved and passes to a future generation, its effects are often hidden and unconscious. Without the root cause in view, traditional intervention methods merely scratch the surface. This Inherited Family Trauma training allows us to identify and break unconscious patterns so that we can live healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives. In a moment of insight, a new life course can be set in motion. The results can be life-changing” says Wolynn.

Sandra was 59-years-old, married, with two grown children. Anxious and depressed, she had been taking heavy doses of anti-depressants for most of her life. Twice she had attempted suicide. Each attempt came approximately 6 months after moving into a new home. When Sandra was two, her 6-year-old brother was killed by a drunk driver as he stepped off the school bus. This tragedy occurred six months after her family had moved into their new home. Once aware of her unconscious connection with her dead brother, Sandra’s depression lifted. Since her family constellation experience, Sandra has remained depression-free.

Anyone interested in experiencing the profound affects of a Family Constellation can also register for a workshop, which is open to the public, on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th. CEUs are available to MFTs and LCSWs who participate in the training.

For more information regarding Inherited Family Trauma training or the Family Constellation workshop, please contact Kari Dunlop via email at or 403.244.0455.


About Mark Wolynn
Director of The Hellinger Institute of Northern California and co-director of the Hellinger Learning Center in New York City, Mark is one of North America’s foremost Family Constellation facilitators. He conducts workshops and trainings in family therapy throughout the United States, Canada, England and Latin America, as well as for the University of Pittsburgh's Medical School, their Graduate School of Social Work and the California Institute of Integral Studies. Mark is a regular presenter at hospitals, clinics, conferences and teaching centers. He specializes in working with depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, fears, panic disorders, self-injury, chronic pain and persistent symptoms and conditions. or

Media Contact:
Kari Dunlop