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.

Dialogue Applications
Dialogue applications
Introduction to Section III

In Section III, an inclusive approach to dialogue practice is applied to five dialogue practice areas. In each chapter, a different community challenge is addressed through dialogue methods. The area of healing divides is discussed in Chapter 11. Chapter 12 is about diversity and social justice work. Peace, reconciliation, and conflict resolution are covered in Chapter 13; Chapter 14 looks at family and community building across the life-span; and community therapy is explored in Chapter 15.

What Is the Inclusive Approach?

The inclusive approach to dialogue uses interventions drawn from any and all of the dialogue models, as the changing dialogue situation may require. As described in Chapter 5, an inclusive or integrated approach does seem to be effective in helping ...

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