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Sponsored by Center for Race, Ethnicity and Culture

The Enduring Effects of Slavery's Long Shadow

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, 10AM-1:30PM


Janice P. Gump, PhD

Fees and Continuing Education Credit Hours

Regular $90

By Member Level:

Contributing $72
Sustaining $63
Silver $58.5
Gold $54

Current WSP Students $30


At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave #400 Washington DC 20016


Slavery’s Long Shadow discusses the most powerfully determining phenomenon of African American History – slavery.  The first principle of slavery provided the most egregious trauma, i.e., subjugation.  And subjugation refers to subservience, which relates to the self.  Thus, the most central and critical aspect of slaves – the self - suffered the greatest wounds. Not only were these wounds of lifetime length, they were developmentally transmitted to descendants, resulting in generations of endurance.
Whether racism preceded or deepened due to slavery, its existence was impacted.  Frankenberg (1993) holds that “the closer one is to the center of power and resources . . . the less one is aware that those views have been determined by (one’s location to power) rather than ‘truth’.  And the less one is aware that there are other truths” (Gump, 2014).  Creating a legal category which formally placed blacks in the lowest of cultural positions lifted all those who already stood higher.



Dr. Gump attended the University of Chicago, from which she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and The University of Rochester, which granted her a PhD in Clinical Psychology.  She has served on the faculties of the Howard University Medical School and the Department of Psychology, as well as the Washington School of Psychiatry.  She has also served as a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, a reviewer for the Mental Health Small Grants Committee, NIMH, and a member of the Professional Psychology Editorial Board.

Dr. Gump has authored papers on African American women, shame, and most recently the trauma of slavery and its impact on African American subjectivity.  She maintains a private practice in Washington, DC and is a member of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis.


1. Describe slavery's psychological effects upon Africans, upon white, and upon the culture.
2. Explain the intergenerational transmission of the trauma of slavery on current day society.


Online registration has closed. There are some spaces remaining. So you may register at the door in the morning.

Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of 3_ AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.