Resmaa Menakem – How the Body Carries Racialized Trauma: A Therapeutic Pathway to Resilience & Healing
- Resmaa Menakem
- 59 Minutes
- Audio and Video
- Oct 15, 2020
WE CAN’T HELP OURSELVES EVEN BEGIN TO HEAL RACIALIZED TRAUMA IF WE DON’T ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IT EVEN EXISTS. Our society needs to break down systems and institutions that perpetuate the concept of white body supremacy and recognize how the myth of race and historical trauma is deeply ingrained into our culture.
Through a somatic-body approach that negotiates the common historical and perpetual myths that Black bodies, Native bodies, and other bodies of color are inherently deviant and that the white body is the standard of humanness, Resmaa helps build an understanding of racialized trauma so that we can move from our racialized lens to a cultural lens – and move further to a resourced energy lens of healing. Learn how to recognize trauma in the body, how to build a cultural container to heal, and how to begin practicing resourced resilience. These tools can help us recognize body trauma born out of racism and white body supremacy in our own body and our communities and to start to heal.
- Myth of race
- Historical trauma
- White body supremacy
- HIPP theory (historical, inter-generational, persistent institutional, personal)
How the body carries racialized trauma
- Recognizing trauma in the body
Resilience and community in healing
- Building a container
- Repetition, Consistency, Practice
- Strategies for healing
Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, has appeared on both The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence. He has served as director of counseling services for the Tubman Family Alliance; as behavioral health director for African American Family Services in Minneapolis; as a domestic violence counselor for Wilder Foundation; as a certified Military and Family Life Consultant for the U.S. Armed Forces; as a trauma consultant for the Minneapolis Public Schools; and as a Cultural Somatics consultant for the Minneapolis Police Department. As a Community Care Counselor, he managed the wellness and counseling services for civilians on fifty-three US military bases in Afghanistan. Resmaa studied and trained at Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, as well as with Dr. David Schnarch (author of the bestselling Passionate Marriage). He currently teaches workshops on Cultural Somatics for audiences of African Americans, European Americans, and police officers. He is also a therapist in private practice.
Financial: Resmaa Menakem is the founder/president of Justice Leadership Solutions. He is the owner of Unbound Therapy Resources.
Non-financial: Resmaa Menakem is a member of the National Association of Black Social Workers; the National Association of Social Workers; and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.