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The Psychological Residuals of Slavery

by Kenneth V. Hardy
A powerful exploration of the psychological legacy of slavery; an extremely useful educational resource for diversity and multicultural training.


The Psychological Residuals of Slavery
As internationally acclaimed family therapist and educator Kenneth V. Hardy observes in this compelling video, slavery remains a "contemporary ghost" that shapes African Americans' self-image, their relationships to one another and their relationships with White Americans. Behind a backdrop of powerful historical and contemporary imagery, Hardy clearly demonstrates the importance of recognizing and openly addressing the past, and lays the groundwork for genuine dialogue, understanding, and healing in clinical environments, classrooms, and other settings.

This video is a catalyst for discussion, a tool for beginning to move toward a more promising future by honestly confronting this deeply significant and painful aspect of our collective past.
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By watching this video program, you'll learn:

• How residual trauma resulting from slavery shapes the contemporary African American psychological experience.
• Ways the legacy of slavery continues to divide African Americans and White people today.
• Why feelings of guilt and shame about slavery may lead to avoidance, denial and trivialization of this issue by White Americans.

This video is an excellent resource for:

• Fostering awareness and insight among non-Black practitioners and human service providers who work with African American clients.
• Triggering candid discussions in multicultural training courses, clinical settings, classrooms, and beyond.
• Promoting classroom discussions on slavery, Black history, American history, and current events.
Length of video: 0:18:00
Number of Discs: 1
English subtitles available on: Stream
This DVD plays in All Regions
Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-050-3
Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-050-7
Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-051-1
Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-051-4
Kenneth V. HardyDr. Kenneth V. Hardy is a Professor of Family Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is also Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York, New York. Prior to joining the faculty at Drexel University, he was a Professor of Family Therapy at Syracuse University where he also held positions as Director of Clinical Training and Research, and Chair of the Department of Child and Family Services. He is the former Director of the Center for Children, Families, and Trauma of the Ackerman Institute in New York City.

Dr. Hardy presents workshops and provides consultations nationally and internationally on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and cultural competency. He has provided training and consultation to an extensive list of Human Services agencies and School Districts devoted to providing culturally competent services to children and families. Some of his clients have included the Children's Defense Fund, The United States Department of Defense, the Menninger Clinic, the New York State Office of Mental Health, Harlem Hospital, the Washington D.C. Superior Court, Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, the Westchester County Department of Human Services, and a host of Colleges, Universities, and Post-Secondary Institutions throughout the United States.

Dr. Hardy has published extensively in the area of diversity and has earned considerable public acclaim for the contributions that his numerous publications and videotapes including Psychological Residuals of Slavery and the Experts series which have made great strides toward challenging our society to think critically about issues of diversity and oppression. His recent book, with Tracey A. Laszloffy, is Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions to Break the Cycle of Adolescent Violence. He was co-editor with Monica McGoldrick of Re-Visioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture, and Gender in Clinical Practice (2nd Edition).

In addition to his own writing, he also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the Journal of Family Psychotherapy, the Journal of Divorce, the Journal of Couples Therapy, the Psychotherapy Networker, and the Journal of Family Counseling. Dr. Hardy is a frequent contributor to the print media such USA Today, Jet Magazine, and Good Housekeeping, and also has been featured in the electronic media having appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC, PBS, The Discovery Health Channel, and ABC's 20/20.

Books by Hardy

Re-Visioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture, and Gender in Clinical Practice (2nd Edition)

Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions to Break the Cycle of Adolescent Violence


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I appreciate Dr. Hardy's leadership and work in this area. Yet, it is crucial to note that ( see video) African-American racial identity was FORCED upon them by the brutal and tragically oppressive chattel slavery system. Consequently, we were not "first" Negroes. The oppressors told us we would be known as Negroes. Our true identities resulted in pervasive powerlessness, extreme vulnerabilty and many other unique forms of traumatic response. Even so, our struggle for authentic Identity continued to evolve in spite of this global tragedy. In summary, the terms Afro-American and Black have been used concurrently in the 70's and 80's giving way to the use of African-American and/or Black people in the 90's to present. Exact language and historical accuracy as we continue to analyze this American saga is required for validity.
Janice C. Hodge
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CE credits: 5
Learning objectives:

  • Explore the significance of the contemporary ghost of slavery in the lives of African-Americans and White Americans in the United States.
  • Learn how residual trauma resulting from slavery shapes the contemporary African American psychological experience.
  • Increase understanding of why feelings of guilt and shame about slavery may lead to avoidance, denial and trivialization of this issue by White Americans
  • .• Consider how overt and covert social messages about African-Americans today have grown directly out of the institution of slavery.