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Contemporary Freudian Society

Pol-Pot Trauma Reaches Our Shores: Online Interviews During COVID-19

One Session Program (2 Contact Hours)

Presenter: Gilbert Kliman, MD
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Location: Live Online via Zoom
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm

A traumatized Cambodian mother and child were seen forensically by a senior psychoanalyst. The task was assisted by psychoanalytic self-awareness and countertransferential knowledge.  Mother, a Pol Pot survivor was raped in a chaotic refugee camp during her childhood.  Her daughter was, years later, sexually harassed in a negligent U.S. kindergarten.  Transgenerational influences were powerful sources of psychological damage for both mother and child.   Videorecordings of interviews will be shown during the seminar.  Epigenesis, moral injury and betrayal effects will be discussed as will the persisting attachment from prior in-person interviews in facilitating the online work.  The report and a deposition resulted in a generous financial settlement.

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