Donna Jackson Nakazawa: America's Culture of Child Abuse Pt. 4

April 28, 2022
Hosted by Ingrid Cockhren

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. For the entire month of April, co-hosts Ingrid Cockhren and Mathew Portell will examine America's history of child abuse and neglect and outline how this history connects to our current child abuse crisis. In part four of this series of episodes dedicated to the systemic nature of child abuse and neglect in America, Ingrid and Mathew will discuss the different layers of influence embedded within our society that create the conditions for abuse and neglect to fester. The focus will be on society-level influences and will examine our collective thoughts, beliefs and values concerning children. This week's guest is Donna Jackson Nakazawa, an award-winning science journalist, author of seven books, and an internationally-recognized speaker whose work explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology, and human emotion. We will explore how science reinforces our history and culture has contributed to trauma within our children based on our beliefs and values. Ingrid, Mathew, and guest will also outline how PACEs science can be applied to address and prevent child abuse and neglect.

History. Culture. Trauma

Thursday at 1PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

According to Resmaa Menakem, trauma decontextualized over time looks like culture. We, at PACEs Connection, agree. 2020, with COVID-19, our climate crisis, and the racial reckoning, has shown us that trauma is embedded within our institutions, our culture, and our history. 2020 was a collective trauma. And, with the addition of technological advances like the internet and social media, we are more connected to our collective selves than ever before. We can no longer live in silos, focused on the individual. We know now that our shared experiences matter. Our podcast will examine trauma and resilience, not just at the individual level, at the systems and cultural level. How has the trauma of slavery and genocide impacted our current society? Why are the cultural manifestations of trauma, i.e., community violence, school shootings, etc., so pervasive? Together, our hosts and their guests will outline the true impact of trauma and resilience on the human experience.

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Ingrid Cockhren

Ingrid Cockhren

Ingrid Cockhren knows first-hand how impactful trauma and toxic stress can be for children and families and has dedicated her professional life to investigating and educating the public about the link between early trauma, early adversity, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), positive childhood experiences and the consequences that occur across the lifespan. Specializing in creating equitable and inclusive environments within organizations, collective impacts and grassroot movements, Cockhren uses her knowledge of stress, trauma, historical trauma, human development, and psychology to translate research concerning DEI into community, workplace, and organizational solutions. Cockhren graduated from Tennessee State University with a B.S. in psychology and from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College with a M.Ed. in child studies specializing in minority and impoverished children. Her research areas are African American parenting styles, positive and adverse childhood experiences, historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, brain development, developmental psychology, and epigenetics. Cockhren’s experience includes juvenile justice, family counseling, early childhood education, professional development, consulting, and community education. She is currently CEO at PACEs Connection and an adjunct professor specializing in Black psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, and personality theory at Tennessee State University.

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