CULTURAL TRAUMA RELIEF EFFORTS
Critical events in life often require swift, yet decisive action. Such moments are most commonly associated with tragedy that greatly disrupt people's lives in many ways. These disruptions can be sources of trauma for people. When traumatic events occur psychologists are instrumental is relieving the psychological and emotional pain that accompanies these events. Some events such a Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the murders of Oscar Grant III in 2009, Trayvon Martin in 2012, Jordan Davis in 2012, Eric Garner and Michael Brown in 2014 as well as the questionable sentencing of Marissa Alexander, Michaels Giles and Kiera Wilmot can be a source of unrest and also be traumatic for a certain set of people. The recent actions of protest demonstrated by mostly persons of African descent in Ferguson, MO suggest that there is racialized component to this events of trauma. When culturally specific trauma take place culturally competent psychologists can facilitate healing with the people of the disrupted community.
The Association of Black Psychologists have members versed in Black Cultural Trauma. Please provide your financial support for our culturally aware psychologists who are proficient in assisting Black people with expenses associated with travel to targeted areas. Your tax deductible contribution offsets the travel expenses is greatly needed.
ABPsi Pledges Continued Support for Ferguson, MO Community
The Association of Black Psychologists recognizes the emotional impact of the verdict regarding the Michael Brown case. We wish to convey our deepest sympathy to the Brown family and the Ferguson community. Moreover, we share the community's concerns about the questionable process and procedures followed by local and state government of Missouri surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown. As healers, we understand during times of duress and disappointment clear thinking may become elusive. We stand with our Missouri community in taking healthy decisive actions that move us towards a redress of the dehumanization and devaluation of Black life. Moreover, we understand the health implications of injustice. We want to emphasize that self-care and responsible responding during this time of unrest are important. We are aware of the various traumatic inequities that may have contributed to the community's response to years of benign neglect and that such actions may cause communal re-traumatization. We encourage all who carry the weight of injustice to seek professional support. A list of available psychologists in your area can be found here.
We will continue to advocate for socially responsible responses that protect the community from further harm. Furthermore, we stand willing to assist with the healing that must take place in our nation in order for everyone to move forward. (posted 12/4/14)