Community Centered Integrative Practice
Graduate School of Social Work
University of Washington
This is a blog to house my reflection pieces written for Historical Trauma, a class offered in UW’s graduate School of Social Work.
“The concept of historical trauma has served as both a description of trauma responses among oppressed peoples and a causal explanation for them. Associated historical events tend to be profoundly destructive at a physical and/or emotional level and are generally experienced by many people in a community (Brave Heart, 1999a, 1999b, 2000; Brave Heart & DeBruyn, 1998). Historical trauma is collective in that many members of a community view the events as acute losses and experience corresponding trauma reactions. It is understood as compounding insomuch as events occurring at different time periods (often across generations) come to be seen as parts of a single traumatic trajectory. Previous scholars have suggested that the effects of these historically traumatic events are transmitted intergenerationally as descendents continue to identify emotionally with ancestral suffering (Brave Heart, 1999a, 1999b). Thus, although the events involved may have occurred over the course of many years and generations, they continue to have clear impacts on contemporary individual and familial health, mental health, and identity.” –Tessa Evans Campbell