The Relationship Between Trauma and Incarceration | Dr. Joan speaks with Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia Part 1

We don’t often think about the re-entry of incarcerated people and those in the justice system into the family and society. The victims, perpetrators of crime, and law enforcers often share the same physical environment and this creates a partner of recurring traumas when they go into society. How can we design a trauma-informed justice system that allows families who are justice-involved to heal holistically?

In this episode of Hey, I’m Listening, Dr. Joan speaks with Dr. Nneka about The Relationship Between Trauma and Incarceration

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

00:33 Welcome and Introduction

02:41 Why is important to think about re-entry?  

05:10 Dr. Nneka tells us about her story

06:20 How did you engage in your healing work?

07:20 The helper’s helper 

08:24 Overseeing the jail to working with families impacted by the justice system

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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.

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