The Reverberating Impact of The Justice System on Families | Dr. Joan speaks with Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia Part 2

For every year that a person is incarcerated, they lose an average of two years off their life span. Incarceration has a negative impact on everyone, those incarcerated, their families, and the correctional staff. There is a need for holistic support and safety in the system that considers the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being of those involved in the system.

In this episode of Hey, I’m Listening, Dr. Joan speaks with Dr. Nneka about The Reverberating Impact of The Justice System on Families

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

00:21 Support of Families | Changes in the Justice System 

05:40 The generational impact of Incarcerated Black men we fight

06:45 Holistic Support and Safety 

09:13 About Dr. Nneka | The National Healing Journey

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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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