11 May 2023: Understanding Intergenerational Trauma

UNESCO REP International WebinarUnderstanding intergenerational trauma and collective healing
16.00 UTC /17:00 BST/18.00 Paris TimeOnline

The UNESCO Routes of Enslaved Peoples Project and the Global Humanity for Peace Institute, University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD), are jointly hosting an exciting international webinar series entitled: New Perspectives on Collective Healing, Social Justice and Well-Being.

The second webinar of the Series featured the keynote speakers, Dr Joy DeGruy and Thomas Hübl (PhD) who are both renowned for their insights into intergenerational trauma and collective healing.

Following their keynote presentations, Joy DeGruy and Thomas Hubl engaged in a dialogue about the opportunities and challenges of healing the wounds of history and ancestral trauma, and how global communities must take responsibility for supporting a flourishing future for the whole of humanity.

To hear (again) their excellent and most insightful presentations, and listen to their enlightening dialogue, please watch it here on our Youtube Channel. We also embedded the video on this page below.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote: Dr Joy DeGruy

Dr Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher and educator. For over two decades, she served as an Assistant Professor at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Joy DeGruy Publications Inc. (JDP). Dr DeGruy is committed to the healing of those that continue to suffer from past and present injuries and for the well being of all people. She is on the UNESCO Collective Healing Advisory Board.

As a result of twelve years of quantitative and qualitative research, Dr DeGruy has developed her theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, publishing her findings in the book “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing” (2005). The book addresses the residual impacts of generations of slavery and opens up the discussion of how the black community can use the strengths we have developed in the past to heal in the present.

Keynote: Thomas Hübl, PhD

Thomas Hübl, PhD is a renowned teacher, author, and international facilitator whose lifelong work integrates the core insights of the great wisdom traditions and mysticism with the discoveries of science. The origin of his work and more than two decades of study and practice on healing collective trauma is detailed in his book “Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds” (2020). Thomas’ next book, Attuned: Practicing Interdependence to Heal Our Trauma—and Our World, will be published in September, 2023.

Mysticism and the principles that guide the actualization and practice of embodying these profound experiences are at the heart of Hübl’s teachings. In all his courses, participants can expect to learn from his extensive experience as a teacher of meditation and study of wisdom traditions. His didactic talks draw from evidence-based research and the leading edge of transpersonal, interdisciplinary studies.

If you want to watch the recording of the Opening Session of the UNESCO Webinar Series, click below.