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Encore ‘History. Culture. Trauma.’ podcast for Thanksgiving Day: author Bruce Perry discusses historical trauma & 'What Happened to You?'


“On Thanksgiving Day, we at PACEs Connection believe it is appropriate to recognize the genocide and land theft endured by the indigenous people of the Americas,” said PACEs Connection chief executive officer Ingrid Cockhren and co-host of the History. Culture. Trauma podcast.

Cockhren also created the PACEs Connection Historical Trauma in America Series of webinars exploring, by geographic region, generational and collective trauma in the U.S.

“The historical trauma of colonization should be recognized and honored,” said Cockhren, who, with History. Culture. Trauma podcast co-host Mathew Portell, shares the encore episode of their interview with Dr. Bruce Perry, co-author the New York Times Best-Seller, “What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing: (2021). ”

Cochran and Portell interviewed Perry about the book, which he wrote with author Oprah Winfrey in July 2022, as a part of the launch celebration for the PACEs Connection Connecting Communities One Book At A Time book study initiative.

Screen Shot 2022-09-27 at 4.10.32 PM“If you don't understand history,” said Perry, “you're never going to understand trauma. And if you don’t understand trauma, you're never going to understand history. And this is part of our problem as a field.”

Tune in Thursday to hear Perry address the history of colonialism, treatment of Indigenous people, and the kidnapping and enslavement of Africans that are such a part of the ongoing history and historical trauma of the United States.

“You know, we are living in systems that are fundamentally colonial in construction,” Perry said. “And colonialism basically means I'm going to come into your space, your place, and I'm going to take your things and I'm going to make you feel privileged, if I give you a little bit of it back.”

Historical perspectives about trauma deserve “as much attention and funding and support” as is given to people studying the effects of a drug on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or the effects of other treatments, he said.

For more information about this podcast, you can watch the full interview here.

Perry leads the Neurosequential Network, is senior fellow of The Child Trauma Academy and adjunct professor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria Australia.

According to his website, “Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs and policy across the world. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of “The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog”, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and “Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered.

Perry, a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and Amherst College. He attended medical and graduate school at Northwestern University, receiving both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, and completed a residency in general psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Chicago.

To listen to Thursday’s podcast at 1 p.m. PT, 4 p.m. ET, click here.

To watch the complete webinar, visit the PACEs Connection YouTube channel here.




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