How do we create policies that would reduce the harm caused by the incarceration system? Do all crimes deserve incarceration? How do we stop the normalization of the social response to trauma? When do we start to speak about our cumulative experiences as a Black Nation? We have to start speaking about these issues if we desire a change in our world and healing among the Black Community
In this episode of Hey, I’m Listening, Dr. Joan speaks with Dr. Nneka about The Relationship Between Wellness and Public Safety
Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia is the Managing Director of Justice Initiatives at Chicago Beyond. She is an experienced psychologist passionate about mental wellness, criminal justice reform, and supporting people who have experienced trauma. Since joining Chicago Beyond in 2018, Dr. Tapia has collaborated to launch programs focused on positive family engagement for justice-involved families, holistic healing support within Chicago Public Schools, and peer-led healing support for youth. She is the former warden of Cook County jail in Chicago, Illinois – one of the largest single-site jails in the country. Under her leadership, Cook County Jail implemented several bold strategies to promote wellness for people incarcerated and staff, including the Mental Health Transition Center, a program that has helped hundreds of people who have been incarcerated to successfully reenter their families and communities.
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What you can expect from this episode
00:29 We all have some good and bad | Dr. Nneka’s why
01:45 How do we define trauma if 100% of Black people have experienced trauma? 04:15 The responses of trauma | How do we stop the normalization of the social response to trauma
07:45 Dr. Nneka speaks about her work in Chicago Beyond and what she hopes to get beyond
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About Dr. Joan
Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis, Ph.D., is an award-winning Canadian speaker and authority on trauma recovery, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Joan has specialized in promoting the mental health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities for over a decade through her groundbreaking trauma recovery strategy, The Forgiveness Method.
Her career as an individual, couples, and family psychotherapist has helped countless people heal from their past, transform their mental health, overcome challenges, and reclaim their lives.
In 2016, she founded Becoming Inc., and in 2020 she founded the Village of Peace not-for-profit organization. Dr. Joan is the author of 490: Forgive and Live Fearlessly, Forgive: Master The Art of Letting Go and Becoming the Journey to Love, and the mind behind the revolutionary new therapeutic modality and certification “The Forgiveness Method” launching in 2023.
Dr. Joan is a Jamaican-Canadian Toronto native who lives in the beautiful community of Kamloops, B.C., alongside her loving husband and family.
Connect with Dr. Joan at www.drjoan.ca | email@example.com | www.theartoflettinggo.ca | www.thevillageofpeace.com
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