We have recently completed a quantitative, empirical research study looking at historical trauma specifically within the African American community. Our analysis thus far is supporting the historical trauma theory put forward by Brave Heart & DeBruyn (1998) and Whitbeck et al. (2004) as historical loss and associated symptoms. We are looking at community healing-centered and resiliency-centered approaches to
put our findings into action.
Using social marketing is one of our core approaches to promoting change in our society. CWI develops campaigns designed to help shift public perceptions and challenge negative labeling, stereotypes and attitudes, including those portrayed in the media. See the article on People Homeless are "People" First: Opportunity for Community Psychologists to Lead in Language Reframing (Palmer, 2018).