African American Multi-Generational Trauma & Implementing Models of Change

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome | taught by Dr. Joy DeGruy

Course description

This is an in-depth 10 week online course designed for professionals in the fields of social work, education, mental health, public policy, community program development and similar. 

The course begins March 11, 2019 and there will be 4 interactive lectures held Mondays at 4:30pm Pacific:

Week 1 Mon Mar 11th 

Week 3 Mon Mar 25th 

Week 8 Mon Apr 29th

Week 9 Mon May 6th


PLEASE NOTE:

We are currently in the application process for 20-30 CEU's from the National Association of Social Workers . 

- There is an option to pay for registration over 3 months. Please scroll to the bottom to choose this.


The goal of this course is to expose students to the historical events and policies which have lead to contemporary social problems and structural inequalities that continue to negatively impact African Americans. 

  • Multigenerational patterns of adaptive behaviors passed along through generations will be explored with an emphasis on assessment and interventions using evidence based, culture specific, and social justice models.

  • A relationship based approach will be presented as one method of intervention with a particular focus on culturally based strategies that include areas of spirituality, music, art and literature.

  • The course will provide practical tools that will inform practice at the five levels of service and empower individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities throughout the change process.


A crucial aspect of social work involves sensitivity and competence in working with African Americans as an underserved and vulnerable population. This course is designed to enable students to develop a knowledge base and critical awareness of issues specifically impacting African Americans in practice and policy. This course will include the development of techniques useful for practice.

Dr. Joy DeGruy
Dr. Joy DeGruy

Course Curriculum

Required Texts and Suggested Readings
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Assignments and Grading
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Week 1: Introduction
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Week 2: I Don’t Even Notice Race
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Week 3: Crimes Against Humanity
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Week 4: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
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Week 5: Models + Theories
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Week 6: Slavery’s Children
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Week 7: The Science of Learning and Development
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