Today there is evidence that most minority groups in the United States suffer from symptoms related to intergenerational transmission of collective historical trauma. For those with additional mental health issues, treatment can become complicated unless underlying historical hostilities are addressed.
This practical text, by David S. Derezotes, helps readers understand the causes and treatment of historical trauma at an individual, group, and community level and demonstrates how a participatory, strengths-based approach can work effectively in its treatment. The first to offer a combination of theory, literature review, and practice knowledge on dialogue, this book begins with a definition of historical trauma and transformation, includes the dialogue necessary to aid in transformation (such as self-care, self-awareness and professional self- development). The author proposes six key models of dialogue practice—psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, experiential, transpersonal, biological, and ecological—and shows how these models can be used to help transform sociohistorical trauma in clients. He then applies these six dialogue models to five common practice settings, including work with community divides, social justice work, peace and conflict work, dialogues with populations across the lifespan, and community therapy.
- Section I: Sociohistorical Trauma, Transformation, and Dialogue: Dialogue Models for Transforming Sociohistorical Trauma
- Chapter 1: What Is Sociohistorical Trauma? What Is Historical Trauma?
- Chapter 2: What Is Transformation?
- Chapter 3: Dialogue Practice
- Chapter 4: The Development of the Dialogue Facilitator
- Chapter 5: Basic Dialogue Phases, Tasks, and Issues
- Section II: Dialogue Models
- Chapter 6: Psychodynamic Dialogue: Telling Our Stories
- Chapter 7: Cognitive-Behavioral Dialogue: Exploring Attitudes and Behaviors
- Chapter 8: Experiential-Humanistic Dialogue: Talking from the Heart
- Chapter 9: Transpersonal Dialogue: Talking from Spirit
- Chapter 10: Biological and Environmental Dialogue: Communicating with Our Bodies and Nature
- Section III: Dialogue Applications
- Chapter 11: Bridging Divides Through Dialogue: Transforming Our Spaces of Misunderstanding
- Chapter 12: Dialogue in Social Justice Work
- Chapter 13: Dialogue in Peace and Conflict Work
- Chapter 14: Dialogue Across the Life Span
- Chapter 15: Community Therapy: Transforming Mental Health Challenges Through Dialogue