When it comes to unpacking the pathology of racism, Dr. Joy DeGruy is a breath of fresh air, to say the least. With a Bachelor of Science in Communication, a Master’s degree in Social Work and Clinical Psychology a Ph.D. in Social Work Research, and charisma for days, Dr. DeGruy takes a progressive and empowering approach to overcoming racism. DeGruy is a world-renowned researcher, educator, author and dynamic presenter. Currently, she’s an Assistant Professor at Portland State University and President of JDP Inc. Dr. DeGruy is celebrated for her compelling workshops, trainings, lectures and her best selling book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing.
[Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing] 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 eliminate non-productive attitudes, beliefs and adaptive behaviors and, build upon the strengths we have gained from the past to heal injuries of today.
Turning theory into practice:
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: “The Study Guide” is designed to help individuals, groups, and organizations better understand the functional and dysfunctional attitudes and behaviors that have been transmitted to us through multiple generations. The Guide encourages and broadens the discussion and implications about the specific issues that were raised in the P.T.S.S. book and provides the practical tools to help transform negative attitudes and behaviors into positive ones.
Tired of the usual rhetoric on racism? Check part one the good Doctor’s enlightening lecture on Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome that moves the conversation in the direction of healing. The lengthy talk is definitely worth watching, so get your bookmark ready: