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.
Chapter 10: Biological and Environmental Dialogue: Communicating with Our Bodies and Nature
Throughout the text, I have suggested that there is an ecobiopsychosocialspiritual or body-mind-spirit-environment connection in everyday human life. Biological and environmental dialogue can both (1) help foster connections between people and (2) help foster connections between people and other animals or ecosystems. Often work in one of these areas may also foster the work in the other.
Dialogue involves both spoken language and nonverbal expressions, and both forms are offered in this chapter. The first half of the chapter includes the use of such body techniques as movement, dance, music, and art in dialogue. The second half provides approaches to environmental dialogue with nonhuman animals, nonliving things, ...