The Trauma of incarceration | Dr. Joan speaks with Dr. Zaria Davis Part 3

Even before entering prison, incarcerated people are more likely to have experienced abuse and trauma than those on the outside. The effects of this earlier trauma follow people into incarceration, and this trauma is exacerbated by the dehumanization of the criminal justice system. Irritability and aggressive behavior are also common responses to trauma, making incarcerated people more vulnerable to substance abuse, PTSD, depression, and criminal behavior. How can we break the cycle of trauma and shift our focus away from incarceration and toward rehabilitation?

In this episode of Hey, I’m Listening, Dr. Joan speaks with Dr. Zaria Davis about The Trauma of Incarceration

Dr. Zaria Davis is a mentor, educator, and advocate. As Senior Consultant with New Direction Coaching & Consulting, LLC, her focus is on healing through spiritual care, leadership development, and advocacy within the criminal legal system. Dr. Davis is trained in racial healing circles and serves as an Equity Champion. Zaria is passionate about addressing the challenges of mass incarceration and the need for restorative justice for individuals, organizations, coalitions, and communities.

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What you can expect from this episode

00:26 The Trauma of being incarcerated 

03:20 Dr. Zaria speaks about her experience in the United States Federal prison

06:34 Is there any hope?

09:30 Young Black Men and the Criminal 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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