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African American Multigenerational Trauma and Issues of Violence with Joy DeGruy

July  14 - 17, 2014
9:00 am - 5:30 pm


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African American Multigenerational Trauma and Issues of Violence with Joy DeGruy

Examine the historical events and policies which have lead to contemporary social problems and structural inequalities that continue to negatively impact African Americans, and learn practical tools that will inform your practice and empower communities throughout the change process.

Joy DeGruy, PhD, holds a doctorate in social work research. She is an assistant professor at Portland State University. With more than twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives workshop attendees practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary society. DeGruy's workshops also go far beyond the topic of cultural sensitivity; she provides specialized clinical work in areas of mental health and ecological resilience. DeGruy authored the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Enduring Legacy of Injury and Healing, which addresses the residual impacts of trauma on African descendants in the Americas. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome lays the groundwork for understanding how the past has influenced the present, and opens up the discussion of how we can use the strengths we have gained to heal. The book has been praised by Randall Robinson, Bill Cosby, Al Sharpton, and many more. Susan Taylor, editorial director of Essence magazine says that "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is a master work...Her book is the balm we need to heal ourselves and our relationships. It is the gift of wholeness." Adelaide Sanford, vice chancellor of the Board of Regents for the State of New York says, "Dr. Joy Leary's mesmerizing, riveting book is vital reading for our time...with Dr. Leary's potent words we can and will heal."

LECTURE (Sold out)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
7:30PM - 9:00PM
CIIS Main Building
$15/$20 at the door

INTENSIVE* (Sold out)
Monday through Thursday
July 14 - 17, 2014
CIIS Main Building
$450/$475/$500  (when one price tier sells out, that tier is closed)
*The intensive includes Wednesday's lecture
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30 CEs (MFT, LCSW, RN, PsyD)
This course is also available for two units of academic credit to CIIS students


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Course Description
This course focuses on the suffering and traumas associated with the African experience in America inclusive of the periods of capture, transport, enslavement, emancipation leading up to current times. Multigenerational patterns of adaptive behaviors passed along through generations will be explored with an emphasis on assessment and interventions using evidence based, culture specific, and social justice models. A relationship based approach with a particular focus on strategies that inform practice will be presented.

The goal of this course is to expose students to the historical events and policies which have lead to contemporary social problems and structural inequalities that continue to negatively impact African Americans. The course will provide practical tools that will inform practice and empower individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities throughout the change process.

A crucial aspect of social work involves sensitivity and competence in working with African Americans as an underserved population. This course is designed to enable students to develop a knowledge base and critical awareness of issues specifically impacting African Americans in practice and policy. This course will include the development of techniques useful for practice.

Course Objectives
At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

A. Understand how the structural inequalities beginning with the period of enslavement continue to impact African Americans and their communities today.
B. Select and apply strategies to enhance empowerment for African American populations at risk, and to promote economic and social justice across the five levels.
C. Understand the cultural ethical issues related to differing assessment intervention strategies for working with African Americans.
D. Analyze and apply relevant concepts of the Relationship Approach and the Philosophical Aspect of cultural difference as a basis for understanding the reasons African American individuals and families behave the way they do within their social/cultural environments.
E. Examine and investigate culturally appropriate interventions for work with African American individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
F. Understand how to involve community residents, professionals, and family members in change strategies aimed at policy and organizational change.
G. Critique trauma theory and literature for relevance in working with people of color.
H. Understand the role that social learning theory and learned helplessness has played in the adaptive behaviors of African Americans and other racial and ethnic groups.


*This course meets the qualifications for continuing education credits for MFT and/or LCSW as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

**CIIS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CIIS maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

California Institute of Integral Studies
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