Session 3 transcript now available

In this session, we will explore the impact of trauma on individuals and how those with a history of trauma can build resilience. Our talk will focus on the role of culture in trauma and healing, as well as the influence of the media, our ancestors, and intergenerational trauma on our collective stories.

We will delve into the different ways that movement and contemplative practices can support the healing process, and how to differentiate trauma responses from our true selves. We will also explore the importance of becoming more culturally aware and competent in our healing practices.

Dominique  will provide insights and share her expertise on integrative mind-body clinical research, interpersonal violence prevention, and mind-body interventions for individuals with complex psychological trauma exposure. Date: May 25, 2023

Session Resources:

Peer reviewed article on embodied healing for cultural trauma:
Malebranche, D. A. (2022). Journeying Home through the Body: An Introduction to Resource, Resilience, and Resistance in Relationship (R4). Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, 9(1), 17.

Dominique Malebranche, PhD, RYT
Pepperdine University 
Dominique A. Malebranche is an assistant professor, licensed psychologist, and embodiment practitioner and facilitator. She serves as a MLI Changemaker Fellow, Teaching Affiliate of Harvard Medical School at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, and former postdoctoral fellow at the internationally-known Trauma Center at JRI. Her work swims within the intersections of psycho-spiritual impact of cultural stress and trauma, embodied healing and liberation, resilience capacity building, and body-mind interventions. Malebranche centers the awareness of the body as a cultural source of healing, wisdom and transformation, demonstrated through co-organizing, training and consultation, creative scholarship and personal contemplative practice. She is inspired by somatic freediving and reclaiming ancestral and liberatory relationships with land and water.