Collective trauma, meaning trauma for a group rather than an individual, can change the fabric of our communities and society as a whole. Collective trauma can be an isolated incident localized to a unique community (such as a school shooting or neighborhood fire) or a long ongoing system of oppression (such as segregation). Wars, natural disasters, and pandemics are examples of large-scale traumas that affect multiple communities at once, potentially changing the way people, governments, and communities interact, work, and think. Like generational trauma, communal trauma can leave long-lasting and complex wounds among its individual members.
We see trauma when it happens, when there is a war or when there is an atrocity, and similar things. But there is a much bigger systemic aspect, we have to become aware of. There are many thousands of ways how trauma has fine fibers in many aspects of our lives.
Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., ABPP, is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Disparities, and Director of the Laboratory for Culture and Mental Health Disparities.
My guest on the show today is Dr. Monnica T. Williams, certified licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Monnica is researching how PTSD symptoms can result from racism and what racial trauma and race-based trauma look like.
Recently, there has been much excitement in the potential of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to address a multitude of mental health conditions, including depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, addiction, end-of-life anxiety, and others. However, not everyone has been included.