Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome with Dr. Joy Degruy

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome with Dr. Joy Degruy You may have seen Dr. Joy Degruy in the viral video from AJ+. I will include the video in the description. But those of us who have been following the work of Dr. Joy Degruy understand that she has spend many years laying the foundation to enhance our understanding around the collective trauma that we face as African Americans. On this episode of The Afrocentric Social Worker Podcast I talk with nationally and internationally recognized author, researcher and fellow Social Worker, Dr. Joy Degruy as she discusses her work and book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing.

I’ve been talking to a lot of you about the way forward for the black community in the wake of the pandemic, and our continuous trauma of either hearing about or watching the death of black people on TV. Many of you were not familiar with the work of Dr. Joy Degruy or had not been introduced to her research from Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, in your undergrad nor your graduate level Social Work programs. This is problematic because we can’t fix something that we don’t understand. If we don’t have an appropriate Afrocentric orientation toward our problems, we will continue to use Eurocentric models to fix them.

To explore. Dr. Joy Degruy’s work and other relevant authors and scholars in our community you can access by booklist here of 32+ Must Read Books Every Ambitious Social Worker Must Have 

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I created The Social Work Success Path blog and podcast, during the pandemic of 2021 to provide online education and mentorship for Social Workers. I felt very isolated and disconnected being only in the second year of running my private practice. I strongly considered going back to work when everything shut down. The resources and tools that I share helped me to maintain my practice through the pandemic and plan a successful transition as a Social Work content creator, doing work that I love and connecting with Social Workers all around the world. I did this in the span of 1 year, but using the resources, trainings and tools that I have pulled together, and all my all lessons learned, you can make your career transition much sooner than I did!

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