Friday, July 14, 2006

"The Pain Didn't Start Here: Trauma & Violence in the African-American Community," by Denyse Hicks-Ray, Ph. D., B. C.E. T.S Connects the Clinical Definition of Psychological Trauma in the African-American Community

"The Pain Didn't Start Here: Trauma & Violence in the African-American Community," by Denyse Hicks-Ray, Ph. D., B. C.E. T.S Connects the Clinical Definition of Psychological Trauma in the African-American Community.

There is an urgent need to develop new strategies designed for African Americans who are experiencing mental health concerns. These men, women and children, who have often experienced trauma and violence, need to find a place.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 15, 2004

"The Pain Didn't Start Here: Trauma & Violence in the African-American Community," by Denyse Hicks-Ray, Ph. D., B. C.E. T.S connects the clinical definition of psychological trauma and its affects of violent and maladaptive behaviors presented in the African-American community.

There is an urgent need to develop new strategies designed for African Americans who are experiencing mental health concerns. These men, women and children, who have often experienced trauma and violence, need to find a place. They need to invent themselves anew through generating personal power, healing their wounds, and building on their strength as well beings. Trauma Services Associates' The Pain Didn't Start Here: Trauma and Violence in the African American Community book will give them their voice and provide them with the opportunity to access healing resources at the community level.

"Denyse does a great job at providing insight into a world of hurt that no one plans to enter, but many women and children wind up in," says Cheryl Y. Boykins, President and CEO of the Center for Black Women's Wellness, Inc.

By empowering through education and awareness The Pain Didn't Start Here also addresses the lack of skills necessary to move the community from fragmented and broken to healthy and healed. Dr. King Davis, Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas believes that The Pain Didn't Start Here will go far toward addressing the conflict between the inability of many African-Americans to move forward and their lack of desire.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, author Dr. Denyse Hicks-Ray's professional career has been dedicated to improving the mental health of women and their children, especially minority and underserved families. As a clinical psychologist with a specialty in psychological trauma, she has devoted her career to providing mental health education, to involvement in clinical research, and to the campaigning for local and federal programs directed to services for the underprivileged.

Prior to her founding the African-American WomenÂ’s Mental Health Authority and Trauma Service Associates she was a Correctional Program Specialist, designing programs in the criminal justice system for women with co-occurring disorders and history's of psychological trauma. Dr. Hicks-Ray has given numerous presentations on various topics related to women and childrenÂ’s mental health, especially poor women and minorities.

Dr. Hicks-Ray is a much sought-after speaker on topics close to her heart: improving mental health care access and eliminating mental health disparities for vulnerable people, African-American women's mental health, and the needs of young people (health and otherwise).

Dr. Hicks-Ray has received numerous prestigious professional and community awards, including the Extraordinary Woman Award of 2001. Most recently, the DENRAH Foundation created a scholarship in her honor. Two recipients each year will be selected from underprivileged and minority applicants to receive full fellowÂ’s scholarships. The first "Hicks" Scholars" began doctoral studies in Fall 2002. Dr. Hicks-Ray is co-author of the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity.

(The Pain Didn't Start Here: Trauma & Violence in the African-American Community by Denyse Hicks-Ray; ISBN: 0-9753677-0-6; $16.95: Paperback; 5 ½ x 8 ½; 200 pages, TSA Communications)

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