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.

Bridging Divides Through Dialogue: Transforming Our Spaces of Misunderstanding
Bridging divides through dialogue: Transforming our spaces of misunderstanding

What is a divide? There are always going to be differences between individuals and between groups, such as age, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. Such differences can enrich our lives. However, just like the North American Great Basin is slowly widening and spreading California further and further apart from the Wasatch Front of Utah, any difference between people can become wider, and this widening space can be filled with misunderstanding, stereotyping, oppression, and even overt violence.

Often, sociohistorical trauma helps widen differences into divides. When people are mistreated because of their age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or any other difference, then greater spaces of misunderstanding tend to form. These ...

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