Episode 3: The Impact of Historical Trauma on Family Dynamics with Dr. Jackie Montgomery

The Unbroken Place with Eddy Paul Thomas

Mar 25 2024 • 53 mins

Dr. Jackie Montgomery developed Healing Horizons to help the community understand and talk about trauma. She emphasizes that trauma is not just about violence, but it occurs when something tough happens and our bodies react in a way that goes beyond our usual coping mechanisms. Historical trauma refers to the collective experience of traumatic events that have lasting impacts on individuals, families, and communities. It includes intergenerational trauma, cultural trouble, and social and economic disparities. Historical trauma can lead to identity struggles, power struggles, and barriers to effective communication within families. Empathy plays a crucial role in understanding and addressing historical trauma, as it involves acknowledging the pain, suffering, and resilience of individuals. It is important to know and understand one's own history and identity in order to identify and address trauma. Forgiveness is a key aspect of the healing process, and it involves releasing the desire for revenge and letting go of bitterness, resentment, and anger. The process of forgiveness is personal and requires emotional processing and release. It is essential to address historical trauma and promote empathy and forgiveness in order to heal and move forward. The conversation with Dr. Jackie Montgomery focused on the importance of empathy and understanding in addressing historical trauma. She emphasized the need to acknowledge and address trauma rather than trying to erase it. Dr. Montgomery shared a personal story about her own experience with historical trauma in her family and how open communication and empathy helped in healing and reconciliation. She highlighted the significance of counseling and taking a holistic approach to healing, including addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of trauma. Dr. Montgomery also discussed the importance of self-care and being aware of secondary trauma when helping others with historical trauma.

Takeaways

Trauma occurs when something tough happens and our bodies react in a way that goes beyond our usual coping mechanisms.

Historical trauma refers to the collective experience of traumatic events that have lasting impacts on individuals, families, and communities.

Empathy plays a crucial role in understanding and addressing historical trauma, as it involves acknowledging the pain, suffering, and resilience of individuals.

It is important to know and understand one's own history and identity in order to identify and address trauma.

Forgiveness is a key aspect of the healing process, and it involves releasing the desire for revenge and letting go of bitterness, resentment, and anger. Empathy is an action word and plays a crucial role in addressing historical trauma.

Open communication and empathy can help in healing and reconciliation.

Counseling and a holistic approach are important for healing from historical trauma.

Self-care and awareness of secondary trauma are essential when helping others with historical trauma.

Chapters

00:00 Introduction and Organization Overview

01:04 Understanding Trauma and Historical Trauma

05:33 Challenges in Healing from Historical Trauma

06:37 The Importance of Communication in Healing

08:04 Identifying and Addressing Historical Trauma in Families

09:12 Healthy Ways to Look at Identity

11:01 The Influence of Media on Identity

13:48 The Role of Forgiveness in Healing

22:11 Trauma and Empathy in Current Events

23:23 Overcoming Historical Trauma through Empathy and Understanding

32:07 Supporting Families Affected by Historical Trauma

40:23 Resources and Readings

42:46 Cultivating Empathetic Understanding

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Music: "Open Door" & "I Dare You" by Little Glass Men from the free music archive. This work is openly licensed via CC BY 4.0.