Understanding Police Violence Against African Americans, Trauma, and Healing

Partially obtained from UC Davis Library

Online Resources

Resmaa Menakem’s Free online course in Racialized Trauma / Cultural Somatics: https://culturalsomaticsuniversity.thinkific.com/courses/cultural-somatic s-free-5-session-ecourse

NPR podcast series on Race and Healing: https://onbeing.org/libraries/race-healing/

Podcast on Trauma and the Body by the landmark research Bessel Van der Kolk: https://onbeing.org/programs/bessel-van-der-kolk-how-trauma-lodges-in- the-body/

Dr. Gail Parker, PH.D. C-IAYT, ERYT 500 (prominent psychologist and yoga teacher educator who blends the benefits of yoga and therapy in her treatment of race-based trauma):

John Jay NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives) https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/news/national-organization-black-law-enforce ment-executives-and-john-jay-college-criminal-justice

John Jay College of Criminal Justice and NOBLE partnership (six 90 minute panel sessions – Future of Public Safety Series: http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/future-public-safety

Denver Police virtual reality Training for mental health calls: https://www.denverpost.com/2020/12/12/denver-police-virtual-reality-tr aining-empathy/

The Real Consequence of Sharing Footage of Black People Being Killed by Police – Ibrahim Al-Amin https://themighty.com/2020/06/violent-footage-murders-black-lives-matt er-trauma/

Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society Work Group for Racial Equity Discussion Group Racism and Policing Part 1-Monday December 21, 2020 8:30-9:45pm- Link to register- https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtdOCurTgvH9QIykju9jMk _THQjba%20CCjKh

President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing: https://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/taskforce_finalreport.pdf

Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA) is a volunteer police support network that provides a confidential, safe and supportive environment for police officers and retirees. Licensed professionals who have an interest in treating Police Officers including Police Officers of Color, as well as volunteers, can contact POPPA at https://poppanewyork.org/contact/


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