"You're gonna need to deal with the aches, deal with the doubt, deal with all of that difficulty. You're gonna have to get up against your own suffering's edge before the transformation happens. But you need to condition that. Why do we think that when we talk about race, that's any different?" — Resmaa Menakem
Resmaa Menakem, New York Times bestselling author of My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, is a visionary Justice Leadership coach, organizational strategist, and master trainer. Resmaa is a leading voice in today's conversation on racialized trauma. As described by On Being with Krista Tippett, Resmaa "activates the wisdom of ancestors and a very new science, about how all of us carry the history and traumas behind everything we collapse into the word "race" in our bodies. He illuminates why all of the best laws and diversity training have not gotten us anywhere near healing." Resmaa created Cultural Somatics, which utilizes the body and resilience as mechanisms for growth.
Watch this session with Peter Levine & Resmaa Menakem for a deep conversation into the heart of racialized trauma and resiliency.
Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP, is a Senior Fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare where he has built an intensive training curriculum for staff on cultural somatics and racialized trauma.
He has served as director of counseling services for the Tubman Family Alliance; as behavioral health director for African American Family Services in Minneapolis; as a domestic violence counselor for Wilder Foundation; as a certified Military and Family Life Consultant for the US Armed Forces; as a trauma consultant for the Minneapolis Public Schools; and as a Cultural Somatics consultant for the Minneapolis Police Department.
As a Community Care Counselor, he managed the wellness and counseling services for civilians on fifty-three US military bases in Afghanistan.
Resmaa studied and trained at Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, as well as with Dr. David Schnarch (author of the bestselling Passionate Marriage).
He currently teaches workshops on Cultural Somatics for audiences of African Americans, European Americans, and police officers.
He is also a therapist in private practice.
Financial: Resmaa Menakem is the founder/president of Justice Leadership Solutions. He is the owner of Unbound Therapy Resources. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Resmaa Menakem is a member of the National Association of Black Social Workers; the National Association of Social Workers; and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Dr. Peter Levine holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing® (SE), a naturalistic body-awareness approach to healing trauma, which he teaches all over the globe. Dr. Levine is also the founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment and was a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle.
An accomplished author, Dr. Levine penned Healing Trauma, Sexual Healing and the bestselling book, Waking the Tiger. He also co-authored with Maggie Kline Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. His latest book, In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, is a testament to his lifelong investigation into the connection between evolutionary biology, neuroscience, animal behavior, and more than 40 years of clinical experience in the healing of trauma.
Dr. Levine was honored in 2010 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) and is a Senior Fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare.
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