Who But the Smallest: Our Future in the Hands of Children

Authors: Mary Big Bow, MSW

Disciplines: Psychology, Social Work and Sociology

Themes: Family and Youth, Human Services

This case study reflects the cycle of historical and generational trauma and how it is particularly devastating to oppressed ethnic groups. It also demonstrates the potential role for helping professions such as social workers to implement cultural identity and traditions to interrupt the cycle. The sessions are created to identify, explain, analyze historical and generational trauma, and discuss how knowledge gained can help develop new perspectives and approaches to dealing with the manifestations of historical trauma.