Police Interactions and Intergenerational Trauma in Communities of Color: What Practitioners Can Do About It


Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

NYU Silver Center for Arts and Science
31 Washington Pl
New York, NY 10003

NYSED and ACE Approved for 3 CE contact hours


Despite the passing of the 13th Amendment, African Americans are still the victim of policies that unfairly entangle then into mass incarceration. (Alexander, 2010) Though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately 32% of the US population, they comprised 56% of all incarcerated people in 2015 (NAACP, 2018). The system of mass incarceration has created a policing model that routinely uses traumatizing tactics in the pursuit of justice. This workshop will help practioners address the continued intergenerational trauma of these communities, as well as ways to support these issues with evidence-based practices that help to heal.  

Learning Objectives


  • Have a better understanding of the origins of the modern-day police force and how its origin affect communities of color.
  • Understand the contributing factors to police tactics and what mental health practitioners can do about it.
  • Learn about historical trauma, how it contributes to PTSD and other forms, as well as the current interventions to support those currently suffering from the effects of trauma.


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Keston Jones, MHS, CASAC

Keston is the founder and executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement and Rehabilitation of the Marginalized (The FARM), a nonprofit that works to encourage, educate and assist in the improvement of our most natural resources: Family. He is also the fatherhood program director for SCO Family of Services. He brings years of experience working in the field of father involvement and mentoring. His recent venture Visionaries, Offering, Information with Clarity, Expertise and Substance (V.O.I.C.E.S.) is a digital platform that facilitates the opportunity for thought leaders, advocates, educators, and ordinary people to share their amazing stories in their own words.

Keston holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, where he graduated with honors. He is a credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). Keston is ABD at Yeshiva University, where he is pursuing his PHD in Social Welfare, as well as is an adjunct professor in the social work program.

Panel to Discuss Solutions: (10:30-11:30 AM)

Keston Jones, MHS, CASAC (Moderator)
Founder & Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement and Rehabilitation of the Marginalized (The F.A.R.M.)

Christopher Garcia, Co-Director of theRobert P. Patterson Jr. Mentoring Program

Claire Green-Forde, Executive Director, NASW-NYC

Moses McBride, Program Supervisor ofJob Readiness

Shannon Cumberbatch, Director of Hiring, Diversity & Community Engagement 

Hubert Lila, Manager of Outreach & Engagement