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A little over ten years ago, Joy 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. Today it is a useful guide to understanding how this legacy has heavily influenced our current moment, from racial disparities in our prisons, to the racial education gap, to social justice movements like Black Lives Matter. The book opens up the discussion of how we can build upon the strengths we’ve gained from the past to heal the injuries of today.
Dr. DeGruy is joined in conversation by Denise Boston, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology at CIIS. This is a special opportunity to learn more about Joy’s life, work, and the role history plays in the evolution of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Joy DeGruy, PhD, holds a doctorate in social work research. She is an assistant professor at Portland State University and is a member of the international faculty for London’s Department of Health. 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.Dr. 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.
Denise Boston, PhD, RDT, is Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, and Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology at CIIS. She has been instrumental in developing arts-based programming and Rites of Passage trainings to promote wellness among African American youth and families. Dr. Boston's most recent research has been in collaboration with the Glide Foundation Family, Youth, and Family Center. It has been funded by the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation and the Technology Credit Union.