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Father-daughter incest and clinical implications: manifestations of compounding, despotic patriarchal structures of coercive control

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Linda Thai, LMSW, ERYT-200, CLYL
1 Hour 18 Minutes
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Nov 11, 2022
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More than any other type of child abuse, incest is associated with secrecy, betrayal, guilt, powerlessness, conflicted loyalty, fear of reprisal, and self-loathing. Self-destructive tendencies, trauma bonding, the distortion of the arousal template, dissociation, and fragmentation of the attachment system and the personality are all enduring expressions of the complex post-traumatic sequelae of survivors.

Linda Thai will unpack the historical context of patriarchal coercive control, and use it to build a foundational lens through which to frame the clinical challenges, complexities and nuances faced by clinicians who work with incest survivors.



This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.



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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. Identify the culturally normative structural forces of patriarchal oppression that maintain male dominance over the bodies and lives of women and children.
  2. Identify how the denial of male accountability is reflected in law enforcement and the criminal justice system.
  3. Identify the impact of the dynamics of incestuous family systems on treatment implications for the survivor.
  4. Develop a clinical understanding of the treatment issues faced by incest survivors.
  5. Provide a clinical framework for the treatment of incest survivors.


  • Chrono-Macro: the lay of the land within which incest is more likely to occur - coercive control over women and children
    • The history of father-daughter incest has deep roots where patriarchy has reigned as the dominant theology, as a means to maintaining the purity of royal blood lines and the power of royal families, and as one manifestation of a mindset of ownership and coercive control over the bodies of women and children
    • How the systemic nature of patriarchal attitudes - amplified within cultural dynamics of the pornification of sexuality and the pedophilification of pornography - is reflected in the treatment of those who seek justice for incest - by law enforcement, the judiciary, child protective services, and mental health clinician
  • Mezzo: how the Chrono-Macro impacts survivor rights to justice
    • The maintenance of denial of male accountability through the Collusive Mother and the Seductive Daughter tropes
  • Micro: Family Dynamics, Survivor, Offender
    • The impact of the dynamics of an incestuous family on treatment implications
    • The factors that contribute towards symptom severity in survivors
    • Common characteristics and symptoms of survivors
      • Complex developmental trauma
      • Betrayal bonding
      • Distortion of the arousal template
      • Dissociation
      • Fragmentation of the attachment system and of the personality
    • Treatment implications and recommendations
    • Phase-oriented trauma treatment approach

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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