Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. And although slavery ended over 100 years ago, the systems, beliefs, and prejudices it left behind are things we still battle today. And the impacts don’t stop at politics or gaps in influence and wealth. Relationship dynamics between Black couples, families, and communities have also been burdened with intergenerational traumas stemming from slavery.
If we’re going to heal from the mental and emotional scars slavery left behind, we need to explore how intergenerational traumas impact Black men and women and identify ways to start healing. This is what Jared Washington, an Atlanta based Licensed Professional Counselor, discusses in today’s episode.
Jared has dedicated his life to empowering Black people through mental health counseling and providing education to break the mental and emotional barriers holding us back. From founding his company H.O.P.E. LLC to writing his book, “Heal or Repeal: Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Trauma,” Jared is working tirelessly to bring awareness to these issues and we applaud his efforts.
During this episode Jared:
✔️Explains how intergenerational trauma has impacted Black people.
✔️Connects past and present traumatic experiences to illustrate how trauma responses have been reinforced and adopted as part of Black culture.
✔️Explores ways intergenerational trauma shows up.
✔️Identifies ways Black people can heal from intergenerational trauma.
✔️Calls out the role of White supremacy in instigating and perpetuating intergenerational trauma in Black families and communities.
✔️Explores the ways men express and struggle with emotions (i.e. vulnerability).
Jared Washington, MA, LPC
Bio: Jared is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has received his Master’s of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. He received his Bachelor’s of Art from Ramapo College of New Jersey in Psychology with a minor in African American Studies. Jared has over 9 years of experience in the mental health field and has worked in various clinical environments such as psychiatric hospitals, insurance providers and foster care agencies.
Jared is committed to working with diverse populations such as adolescents and adults dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, stress management, substance abuse, racial identity, life transitions, trauma and men’s issues. He has a passion for helping others reach their full potential. Jared thoroughly believes in starting the healing process and helping you develop and maintain stability in order to become your best self.
Jared believes he was pushed spiritually into the field of behavioral health. Jared always had a desire to help others and to give back; however, he was unsure of the capacity to do so. After working in a psychiatric hospital, Jared knew that he wanted to help those with mental illnesses and therefore, decided to pursue his Master’s degree. Jared believed he found his purpose in life; to help others be the best that they can be through talk therapy.
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