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Culturally Appropriate Therapeutic Models: Understanding Posttraumatic Slave Syndrome with Joy deGruy

May  10 - 11, 2013
10:00 am - 5:30 pm


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Joy deGruy

Culturally Appropriate Therapeutic Models: Understanding Posttraumatic Slave Syndrome with Joy deGruy

This workshop focuses on the suffering and trauma associated with the African experience in America inclusive of the periods of capture, transport, enslavement, emancipation, and 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 workshop 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 workshop will provide practical tools to inform practice and empower individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities throughout the change process. A crucial aspect of counseling 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.

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.

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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."

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

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

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