2. Panel: Marginalized communities and violence – Session I

Panel: Marginalized communities and violence

Presentation 1. Violent mentality

Cherry Tolbert, MACFT and Jerica Hayes, MACFT (Adler School of Professional Psychology)

Our society has a complex and ambivalent relationship to violence. We often only recognize violence when intentional actions cause harm and pain to others. However, violence also expresses itself in omission and/or oversight. In this presentation, we will discuss three types of violence according to the aggravating factors model by Kenneth V. Hardy and Tracey Laszloffy. Using this model, we will further disseminate possible factors that could lead to violent acts. We will also share interventions using multiple systemic perspectives and theories from the perspective of Couples and Family Therapy, thinking critically and collaboratively about ways in which we can be more socially active as practitioners, students, and community members.

Presentation 2. Psychological displacement of African Americans in marginalized communities

Frederick Cooley (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, DC Campus)

Analyzing the psychological effects of cultural oppression in marginalized African American communities offers a greater understanding of transgressions on a micro-level. Implementing self-worth and love – two of the most important aspects of healthy psychological development – makes positive social evolution possible. A central challenge faced by the African American community involves the healthy development of self-identity. On a macro-level, the direct and indirect forms of stigmatization within African American communities influences self-identification, causing internalized displacement. There is a cycle of psychological, social dissonance that needs to be broken in African American communities to ensure a better future. Implementing a “bottom-out strategy,” otherwise known as “interdependent community investment control” can help lay the foundation for an empowerment recourse that acts to reduce transgressions in marginalized communities, aiding positive self-identification in African American communities.