Trauma specialist honored with Professional of the Year Award

Resmaa Menakem

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) presented Resmaa Menakem, author and trauma specialist, with a Professional of the Year Award at its annual conference, held Nov. 3 in St. Paul.

The award recognizes a professional who provides quality services, exemplifies best practices, and demonstrates commitment and leadership to the field.

Menakem has served as the director of counseling services for the Tubman Family Alliance, as behavioral health director for African-American Family Services in Minneapolis and as a cultural somatic consultant for the Minneapolis Police Department. As a community care counselor, he managed the wellness and counseling services for civilians on 53 U.S military bases in Afghanistan. He is also a therapist in private practice in Minneapolis.

His new book, "My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies," discusses racialized trauma, the physical nature of trauma, and how it impacts bodies and minds. He explores somatic treatment to create a healing process from these experiences.

“NAMI is pleased to recognize Resmaa’s important work, especially in his groundbreaking book,” said NAMI Minnesota’s executive director Sue Abderholden.

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