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NASW-NYC CARES Virtual Book Club Discussion - October 2020
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 Export to Your Calendar 11/4/2020
When: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC CARES Virtual Book Club Zoom Meeting
New York 10001
United States

Online registration is available until: 11/3/2020
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Join the NASW-NYC CARES Virtual Book Club for the virtual book discussion, where we will be in conversation about our October 2020 Book Selection, My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW 


The NASW-NYC CARES Virtual Book Club's monthly discussion focuses on the selected book of the month.  


Please note the NASW-NYC CARES Virtual Book Club Discussions do not offer social work CEUs. 


Participants of the monthly book club discussion:

  • Have read and are familiar with the book selection of the month so as to fully participate in the discussion
  • Are encouraged to utilize the supplemental materials provided
  • Have access to Zoom video-conferencing  


FREE for NASW Members/ Non-Member Pricing $10.00


IMPORTANT: NASW Members must sign in to the site to get free registration. Once registered, the link to the Zoom meeting will be sent in your confirmation email. A reminder email will be sent the day before or the morning of the book discussion. These emails will be sent to the email address you use when completing your registration. Please ensure you have typed in your email address correctly. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please email  


October 2020 Book Selection


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Title: My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies 

Author: Resmma Menakem, MSW, LICSW

ISBN-13: 978-1942094470

In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. Menakem argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police.

My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not only about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.

  • Paves the way for a new, body-centered understanding of white supremacy—how it is literally in our blood and our nervous system.



  • Offers a step-by-step healing process based on the latest neuroscience and somatic healing methods, in addition to incisive social commentary.


About the Author: 

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, is a therapist with decades of experience currently in private practice in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in trauma, body-centered psychotherapy, and violence prevention. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence. Menakem has studied with bestselling authors Dr. David Schnarch (Passionate Marriage) and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (The Body Keeps the Score). He also trained at Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.



NASW-NYC is happy to try and fulfill any special accommodations requests submitted in writing to at least fifteen business days prior to the workshop date. Requests received after the deadline may not be able to be processed or fulfilled in time for the event.



NASW-NYC Refund Policy


All refund requests must be submitted by e-mail to Refund e-mails must include the subject line "Refund Request-Book Club Discussion" as well as the attendee's name, in the body of the e-mail. Valid requests must be received no later than three business days prior to discussion date. NASW-NYC reserves the right to refuse any refunds requested later than three days prior to the course date. If the discussion is cancelled, you will be informed ahead of time of the reschedule date. 



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