Racial Equity Resource Guide


Guides & Workshops



Dr. Joy DeGruy

1526 North East Alberta Street, #210
Portland, OR 97211



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Dr. DeGruy’s Theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome suggests that centuries of slavery followed by systemic racism and oppression have resulted in multigenerational adaptive behaviors—some of which have been positive and reflective of resilience and others that are detrimental and destructive. She presents facts, statistics and documents that illustrate how varying levels of both clinically induced and socially learned residual stress-related issues were passed along through generations as a result of slavery.

Her workshops seek to guide participants toward unlocking their own truths by critically evaluating history, medicine, science and education.

In her development of and work on the concept of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome—America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, she provides a detailed mapping of how one can begin the change process in one’s personal life, employment, family and community. She illustrates how—with thoughtful self-exploration—each person can evaluate his or her behaviors and replace negative and damaging behaviors with those that will promote, ensure and sustain the healing and advancement of African Americans.

Dr. DeGruy also has developed the African American Male Youth Respect Scale, which measures the relationship between present and historical issues of respect in relationship to the use of violence among this population. Dr. DeGruy uses the Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Study Guide as the basis for workshops, and it is available for sale at Dr. DeGruy’s website, as is a schedule of her workshops.

Her seminar on Culture Specific Models of Service Delivery & Practice couples evidence-based practice models and culturally responsive intervention approaches. Thus, the values, customs and traditions that characterize and distinguish different groups of people become tools through which providers can determine how to proceed in assisting, supporting and strengthening individuals, families and groups from a particular cultural group.

Her workshop on African American Male Adolescent Violence examines the relationship between current and historical stressors unique to economically disadvantaged African American male youth. Dr. DeGruy investigates issues of violence victimization, violence witnessing, urban hassles, racial socialization, issues of respect and the presence of violence among these youth.



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