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Digital Seminar

The Ambiguous Grief of Adult Children of Refugees

Linda Thai, LMSW, ERYT-200, CLYL
1 Hour 15 Minutes
Nov 19, 2021
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Leaving Vietnam at age two with my parents, as Vietnamese Boat People, has left a legacy on myself and my family that has taken my entire lifetime to make sense of.

This session draws upon research literature as well as narrative reconstruction of lived experiences to expand the conversation about intergenerational trauma to encompass the impact of forced migration, combined with acculturation and enculturation pressures upon the subsequent generation.

This larger landscape of traumatic grief, traumatic loss, traumatic homesickness and the ambiguity of these unnameable, unmetabolized experiences has transgenerational impact that needs to named in order to be healed.


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Linda is an adjunct faculty member in the Social Work Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and specializes in trauma-informed care and compassion fatigue resilience skills, specializing in somatic therapies and trauma therapy. She assists internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, with his private small group psychotherapy workshops aimed at healing attachment trauma. In her work at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, she is responsible for training clinicians in all departments, including psychology, nursing and medicine. She has a Master of Social Work with an emphasis on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma.

Linda has studied Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Brainspotting, Havening, Internal Family Systems, and structural dissociation of the personality Linda has worked in Fairbanks, AK with those recovering from addiction, trauma, and mental illness. She is passionate about yoga, meditation, and mindfulness and bringing those gifts to her community.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Linda Thai maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with ND Systems. She receives compensation as a presenter, and she receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Linda Thai is the co-founder of Yoga & Twelve-Step Recovery (Y12SR).


  1. Categorize the main stages of a refugee journey. 
  2. Differentiate strategies to utilize in clinical and community settings to facilitate individual and collective well-being and resiliency for refugees. 
  3. Apply somatic techniques to expand nervous system capacity for distress tolerance. 


  • The difference between refugees and immigrants 
  • Intergenerational trauma  
    • Impact of forced migration combined with acculturation and enculturation pressures upon the next generation 
  • Expressions of ambiguous grief, traumatic grief and traumatic homesickness  
    • Differences between generation 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 refugees 
  • Decontextualization of historical trauma resulting in the pathologizing and stereotyping of cultures, families and individuals 

Target Audience

  • Psychotherapists
  • Counsellors
  • IAPT practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • GPs
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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