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Culture Specific Models of Service Delivery and Practice (Only offered live; No recording available)


NOTE: The presenter has requested NOT to have this workshop recorded and will not have handouts available. 

The Theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome suggest that centuries of slavery followed by systemic racism and oppression have resulted in multigenerational adaptive behaviors - some of which have been positive and reflective of resilience, and other that are detrimental and destructive. In brief, Dr DeGruy will present facts, statistics and documents that illustrate how varying levels of both clinically induced and socially learned veridical stress related issues were passed along through generations as a result of slavery."

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. List three strategies to enhance empowerment for African American populations at risk, and ways to promote social justice.
  2. Identify three concepts of the Philosophical Aspect of Cultural Difference as a basis for better understanding how African American individuals and families function within their social/cultural environments.
  3. Create a plan on how to involve community residents in strategies aimed at policy and organizational change.
  4. Explain the role that social learning theory and learned helplessness has played in the adaptive behaviors of African Americans.
  5. List 3 ways to promote self-efficacy.


  • Dr. Joy DeGruy, Ph.D.

    Dr. Joy DeGruy, Ph.D. holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication, a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW), a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Social Work Research. Dr. DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher and educator. For over two decades, she served as an Assistant Professor at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Joy DeGruy Publications Inc.

    Dr. DeGruy’s research focuses on the intersection of racism, trauma, violence, and American chattel slavery. She has over thirty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work. She conducts workshops and training in the areas of intergenerational/historical trauma, mental health, social justice, improvement strategies, and evidence-based model development.

    Dr. DeGruy has published numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters and authored her seminal book entitled “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing.” She has also developed an assessment scale for measuring respect with regard to African American male youth.

May 7, 2021
Fri 10:45 AM PDT

Duration 2H 0M

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