Identifying and Leveraging Resilience, Support Strategies, Intervention, and Culturally Informed Practice

Learning Objectives

  • Define transgenerational trauma.
  • Explain transgenerational resilience.
  • Identify 3 personal strategies to mitigate the impacts of transgenerational trauma and race-related stressors.

Session Description

Racial disparities in mental, physical, maternal, and infant health have been widely discussed of late. Even when socio-economic factors are controlled for, many studies indicate that disparities remain significant within the Black community. The impacts of race-related stressors and transgenerational trauma have been linked to the persistence of negative social and health outcomes. Less discussed are the numerous protective and resilience factors, inherent within the Black community, extending from the ancestors to the current day influencers, that foster mental wellness and positive health outcomes.

This presentation will offer strength-based individual and community strategies to mitigate the impacts of transgenerational trauma and race-related stressors. Recommendations for establishing and maintaining mind, body, spirit wellbeing will be highlighted.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and doula/birthworkers with specialty in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention and maternal mental health.  Dr. Sayida earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a Multicultural Clinical-Community Emphasis, from the California School of Professional Psychology, at Alliant International University. She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Religion at Spelman College.  She has had a multifaceted career as a psychologist having worked in community-based, in-home, psychiatric hospital, prison and private practice settings.

Dr. Sayida’s study and work strongly emphasize multicultural awareness and in an effort to further this, she has traveled to Ghana, Mexico, Egypt and India, studying mental health approaches, indigenous culture and local spiritual traditions.  Dr. Sayida is the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Diversity Uplifts, Inc., through which she regularly offers cultural competency, mental health and maternal mental health trainings and consultations throughout the US.  Dr. Sayida is dedicated to contributing her expertise to uplift the community and improve the effectiveness of health care and social support services for all.

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