Historical Trauma Among African Americans, ACEs, and Hope

The traumatic history of African Americans, how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) compound multi-generational trauma, and what hope looks like are considered in this podcast.

Three experts from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Child Traumatic Stress Center, NC State University, and a local Head Start Program provide evidenced-based information on ACES, historical trauma and bias, and how hope and resilience play a role in mitigating these hardships in African American families. Listen to learn about adjustments practitioners can make to improve trust and inclusiveness in programs services.

Experts speaking on the podcast, listed in order of their comments:

Melissa Merrick, PhD

Behavioral scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Isaiah Pickens, PhD

Assistant Director of Service Systems at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at UCLA

Founder, iOpening Enterprises, a mental health and wellness education company

Deric Boston, MSW, LCSW

Senior Lecturer, NC State University School of Social Work
Assistant Director and Mental Health Consultant, Durham County Head Start and Early Head Start

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ACE Study

The Philadelphia ACE Survey

U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee
Read more about this study conducted on black men from 1932 until 1973 by the U.S. Public Health Service.

Resources used in the development of the podcast:

African American History Timeline: 1619 – 2008

Spotlight on Culture – Conversations about Historical Trauma: Part Two, Summer 2013. National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Part Two in a series on historical trauma outlines how historical trauma has impacted African Americans who are descendants of enslaved Africans. https://www.nctsn.org/resources/conversations-about-historical-trauma-part-two

Parts One and Three in this series are also available:
Part One outlines how historical trauma has impacted American Indian children and families and how services for these children and families should consider not only their present circumstances and personal trauma histories, but also historical trauma.

Part Three explores the experience of survivors of the Jewish Holocaust, the Japanese American WWII camps, and key events affecting Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Are We Talking Enough About the Black Middle Class? By Charles Ellison in the April 13, 2015 Pacific Standard. https://psmag.com/news/are-we-talking-enough-about-the-black-middle-class

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