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 Understanding Cultural Intergenerational Trauma





A Case Study on African Americans

     A new perspective of the African American Experience

 A 6 CEU (8-hour) Continuing Education Workshop for Mental Health Professionals (social workers, psychologists, counselors, case workers, administrators, and practitioners).



the Importance of Cultural Intergenerational Trauma

There has been academic research and thought-provoking discussion regarding intergenerational trauma and its cultural impact on Native Americans and Holocaust survivors, yet its effect on African American culture has been tragically ignored.

The discovery that cultural intergenerational trauma unconsciously impacts the contemporary behavior of African Americans is potentially transformational, understanding the impact of cultural intergenerational trauma is essential to a culturally competent understanding of African Americans..





Discover how cultural trauma manifestations contribute to the MAGNITUDE of the self-destructive behaviors of African Americans.

Examine how unconscious, NEGATIVE MENTAL LEGACIES of cultural intergenerational trauma have shaped the identity and perceived self-value of African Americans.

Significantly raise AWARENESS of African American culture.

Consider cultural methods of HEALING for individuals, families and communities.




GAIN a deeper understanding of client behavior.

EXPLORE how clients can be better served and motivated.

Be exposed to a VIABLE BLUEPRINT for the healing of the African American community


dynamic learning experience

To create a dynamic learning experience, the workshop will feature a short film, audiovisual presentations, storytelling, small group discussions, handouts and references, culturally specific artifacts, and round-robin conversations.





In this one-of-a-kind workshop, mental health professionals will gather to examine cultural intergenerational trauma and its contemporary impact on the African American community and how it is integral to the challenges they face.  


CUE Credit

Cutting Edge Continuing Education is approved as a provider of continuing education for mental health professionals in the following states: Missouri and Illinois.

Mental Health Professionals will receive a certificate for six continuing education clock hours upon completion of this course. Cutting Edge Continuing Education LLC maintains responsibility for the program.



Praise for the Workshop



Best social worker CEU seminar
I’ve experienced in 25 years!
Thank you so very much!

“Empowering, helpful, should be a regular training for all social workers.”

“A very dynamic concept--I can definitely see the benefit for the African American community.”


“This is required—must have!” 

“Not the same old regurgitated ideas."

“New information, great resources
and video clips.”


  “I loved the whole process.”


“Thanks for providing a totally safe space to engage in honest dialog regarding race.”


Workshop Evaluations




Comments and Responses

Below are responses to the “comments?” question of the evaluation.

Very interesting balance of personal accountability and effect of historical environment on behavior. Excellent speaker, very engaging, definitely keeps your attention and makes you think.
Valuable information that inspires commitment, change, and action. A very knowledgeable energetic speaker who is truly passionate about this subject. This should be required for every one of every age!

Really appreciate you taking a vanguard position in exposing the importance of the intergenerational residual effects of cultural trauma in a helpful way to everyone.

Very interesting. The concept of volunteer and time tithing a great thing.

I would like to see this being taught in churches and schools (teachers, parents, children). I am making a running list of people to contact to spread the word. Many people who need this message may not have the financial means to be educated in this way. Are they able to attend a retreat?

Most provocative content delivered in a very passionate way. I am left to analyze how I will go forth and make a difference! Thanks.

Wonderful presentation. Profound appreciation of “change agent” concept eg: self & community! (With Love).  Thank you so much.

This was a very important & clarifying workshop. I am very glad I attended.

Outstanding presenter and info.

I appreciate your message that slavery has had a profound impact on African American culture and that the trauma has had enduring negative effects. It is important to keep communicating this.

Very interesting. A lot to think about.

This seminar has helped me broaden my understanding of intercultural trauma for diverse groups of people including my own.

While especially powerful with respect to the impact of slavery on African Americans, individually and collectively, these are powerful notions for all cultures—intellectual honesty, understanding one’s history, the impact of individual choices for generations to come.

Well prepared, well delivered, passionately expressed; EXCELLENT.




the Presenter


Howard Denson


Howard Denson is a Harvard MBA who chose not to go to Wall Street.

Rather, he has devoted 40,000 unpaid hours over the last 35 years seeking to identify exactly what it is that constrains the empowerment of African Americans.

The curriculum is based on 32 years of the evidence-based research, teachings, and writings of Howard Denson.


He has authored and contributed to numerous articles surrounding this topic and others:

Listen to the Ancestors

The Transformational Agenda

The Why and What of the African American Academic Achievement Gap

We Do Not Because We Know Not

What Our Children Need

The Battle for and the Reconstruction of African American Culture

I Saw I Cried

Be Empowered: A Personal Empowerment Self-Analysis Tool

Willie Lynch

Just Thinkin'


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A Case Study on African Americans

     A new perspective of the African American experience

A 6 CEU (8-hour) Continuing Education Workshop for Mental Health Professionals, social workers, psychologists, counselors, case workers, administrators, and practitioners



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