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Historical Trauma and Cultural Healing

Genocide. Massacres. Slavery. Forced Relocation. Destruction of cultural practices. These experiences, shared by entire communities of people, can result in cumulative emotional and psychological wounding carried across generations, a concept that researchers and practitioners call historical trauma. Historical trauma is not just about what happened in the past. It’s about what’s still happening. 

In this powerful three part video series (total running time approximately 15 minutes), you will hear from researchers who study historical trauma, and from practitioners who use cultural healing practices to foster recovery in those affected by historical trauma.

Presenters include Karina Walters, Ph.D., Director, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute;  Jessica Gourneau, Ph.D., Clinical Director, American Indian Family Center; Antony Stately, Ph.D., Director, Behavioral Health Shakopee Mdewakanton Sious Community; Elder Attum Azzahir, Executive Director, Cultural Wellness Center, and Bravada Garrett-Akinsanya, Ph.D, Executive Director, African American Child Wellness Center.;index=1

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