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    The Psychological Impact of the Trauma of Slavery on Generations of African-Americans

    Date: July 28, 2020, 12:00pm
    Dr. Donna Marino
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    While trauma researchers have made great strides in understanding and treating single-episode present-life trauma, they are just beginning to explore the impact of intergenerational trauma and its expression.

    Addressing present-day traumas like racism that relate to the original trauma is key to helping new generations heal and move on. Example are:

    ·      Living with racially oriented fear and worry

    ·      Fear-based survival message like “Don’t ask for help-it’s dangerous”

    ·      Never let your guard down

    In this 30-minute session, we will discuss how racism can be viewed under the lens of trauma. We will briefly discuss how the legacy of trauma impacts our present circumstances. We will define intergenerational trauma and explain what this looks like in our present communities. Finally, we will discuss how we can take action to begin to heal this trauma and our communities.

    Dr. Donna is a psychologist and executive coach. She is an expert in helping high-achieving C-level leaders move from burnout to sustainable peak performance, create cutting edge work cultures, and increasing loyalty, productivity and efficiency in their employees.