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October 2020 Monthly Reads

Literacy on trauma and racial equity is an important part of healing.

Financial Trauma/PTSD

Financial trauma or financial post-traumatic stress is defined by Dr. Galen Buckwalter as the physical, cognitive, and emotional deficit resulting from the chronic stress of having inadequate finances or experiencing an abrupt financial hardship. See his article on Goop.Com. Financial PTSD has been on the rise due to the pandemic. However, millions of Americans have been experiencing some form of financial PTSD prior to COVID-19.

Racial Equity

Racial equity is the condition that would be achieved if one’s racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares. This includes the elimination of policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race or fail to eliminate them. Learn more about racial equity here or visit Racial Equity Tools

Generational Trauma

Generational trauma or the psychological term intergenerational trauma is trauma passed down from generation to generation in one particular family. Examples of intergenerational trauma are vast but include behavioral traits such as violence or aggression; substance abuse; neglect and emotional abuse. Side note: historical trauma would be the effects Black Americans continue to feel, see, and understand in regards to slavery. Review this article on Intergenerational trauma on Social Work Today.