How Did We Survive? African-American Women and the Trauma Within


Tina Marie Glover, PhD – Academic Program Chair and Full Professor, Keiser University, Florida, USA

Series: African Studies; Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: PSY007000; PSY036000; PSY010000

Black/African-American women have grappled with the burden of oppression and microaggressions daily. The vision of this book is to shine a spotlight on the enduring legacy of trauma that Black/African-American women bear and perpetuate through generations. In clinical terms, it might be labeled as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or transgenerational trauma. Still, for the Black/African-American women, it’s the reality of life. It is the reality of generational trauma bestowed upon the lives of Black women. This book is a vital contribution to the mental health field, shedding light on the overlooked experiences of Black/African-American women and their resilience in the face of enduring trauma. This book aims to aid mental health professionals to be attuned to the unique needs of this demographic and to cultivate a deeper understanding of their lived experiences to provide adequate care and support.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Etiology of Trauma in African-American Women
Tiffany Brannon, PhD
University of the Cumberlands

Chapter 2. The Trauma of Colorism across a Lifespan
Kerri McCullough
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA

Chapter 3. The African-American Woman’s Historical Trauma: Our Inability to Heal
Nakpangi Thomas1, PhD and Tezonia Morgan2, PhD
1Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
2Wings of Virtue Counseling and Research Institute, Southfield, Michigan, USA

Chapter 4. Treatment Practices of Black/African-American Women Dealing with Race-Based Trauma
Tina Marie Glover
Keiser University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Chapter 5. Deconstructing Negative Stereotypes About Black Women: Implications for Clinical Treatment
Portia X. Allie-Turco, PhD, LMHC, NCC
University of New York Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, New York, USA

Chapter 6. Untangling Black Hair: Black Women’s Eternal Search for Self and Beauty
Katrina E. Pinkney
Department of Counseling, University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Kentucky, USA

Chapter 7. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as a Treatment for Traumatic Stress for African-American Women
Tiffany R. Williams1, Paigean Jones2 and Chomba Muwele3
Psychology, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
2Social Work, Howard University, Washington, DC, USA
3Psychology, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Chapter 8. Misdiagnosing and Underdiagnosing African-American Women: Implications for Trauma-Informed Care
Theresa Libios1 and Dr. Franc Hudspeth
1Doctoral Candidate, Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Chapter 9. Openness and Depth: Gender and Racially Sensitive Clinical Practices Through the Lens
of Afrocentricity, Black Feminism and Transformative Trauma-Informed Care Approaches
Lauren Downey, EdD, LPCC-S, ACS and Ariel Dew, MA, LPCC
The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Chapter 10. Let the Healing Begin: Black Women’s Spirituality in Times of Trauma
Awa Jangha1 and Latoya Moss2
Seminary of The Southwest, Austin, Texas
2Independent Researcher/Scholar

Chapter 11. Counseling African-American Women: A Person-Centered Spiritual Approach
Cerise D. Lewis, PhD, LMFT, LPCC
Lewis Family Wellness Center, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA

Chapter 12. Black Women: Pregnancy and Trauma
Dr. Kimberley Dockery, LMFT
Yorkville University, Toronto, Canada

Chapter 13. “Reclaiming Connection”: Interpersonal Healing in African-American Women Assailed by Relational Trauma
Ryan T. Wright
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Chapter 14. “I Want to Live!”: Exploring the Inequities in the U.S. Healthcare System
Allison N. Hotz, PhD, Robin Oatis-Ballew, PhD and Esther Lynch, PhD
Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Chapter 15. By My Own Bootstraps: Career Success, the Sacrifice of African-American Women and
the “American Dream”
Pia L. Scott1, PhD and Shane´J. Gill2, PhD
1P.L. Scott Group, LLC, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
2Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Chapter 16. Institutional and Systemic Racism and the Traumatic Experiences of African-American Women
Layla J. Bonner1, PhD, Gimel Rogers2, Agnes Lover3 and Tamiko Webb4, PhD
1LMFT, NCC, Assistant Professor, M.A. in Mental Health Counseling Program, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
2Psy.D., ABPP, F.I.R.E. Igniting Lives, Owner; Faculty/Associate Director Online MAP/MACLP Programs, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California, USA
3MBA, M.Div., D.Min. Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Lead Pastor
4Inpatient Coordinator; Adjunct Professor, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA


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