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My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies


Author:
Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP
Copyright:
2017
Publication Date:
Sep 19, 2017
Publisher:
Central Recovery Press
Product Code:
SAM086655
ISBN13:
9781942094470
Format:
Paperback
Number of Pages:
300
Media Type:
Book


Description

NEW YORK TIMES AND WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER

"My Grandmother's Hands will change the direction of the movement for racial justice."— Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility

In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. Menakem argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police.

My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not only about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.

  • Paves the way for a new, body-centered understanding of white supremacy—how it is literally in our blood and our nervous system.
  • Offers a step-by-step healing process based on the latest neuroscience and somatic healing methods, in addition to incisive social commentary.

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Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP, is a Senior Fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare where he has built an intensive training curriculum for staff on cultural somatics and racialized trauma.

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 US 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.

 

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Resmaa Menakem is the founder and president of the Justice Leadership Solutions and the owner of Unbound Therapy Resources. He receives royalties as a published author. Resmaa Menakem receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc.
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.  

 


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