Kenneth V Hardy

Professor, Author, Consultant

Dr Kenneth V. Hardy is a Clinical and Organisational Consultant at the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York, NY where he also serves as Director. He provides Racially Focused Trauma Informed training, executive coaching, and consultation to a diverse network of individuals and organisations throughout the United States and abroad. He is a former Professor of Family Therapy at both Drexel University in Philadelphia, and Syracuse University in New York, and has also served as the Director of Children, Families, and Trauma at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York, NY.

He is the author of:
- Culturally Sensitive Supervision: Diverse Perspectives and practical Applications
- Promoting Culturally Sensitive Supervision: A Manual for Practitioners
- Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Class and Gender
- Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Strategies for Breaking the Cycle of Youth Violence

In addition to his consultation work, Dr Hardy is a frequent conference speaker and has also appeared on ABC's 20/20, Dateline NBC, PBS, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

17:00 - 18:05

Day One 19th January

Keynote Four - Dr Kenneth V Hardy

Race Matters - How to Talk Effectively about Race and Trauma

Examining racial trauma and exploring strategies for healing and transformation. Racial oppression is a traumatic form of interpersonal violence which can lacerate the spirit, scar the soul, and puncture the psyche. Without a clear and descriptive language to describe this experience, those who suffer cannot coherently convey their pain, let alone heal. The source of their hurt is often confused with distracting, secondary symptoms ranging from hopelessness to 'acting out' behaviours.  As with other forms of trauma, we ask the wrong question about struggling youths of colour. Instead of asking “What is wrong with them?” we need to ask the trauma-informed question, “What has happened to them?”

18:05 - 18:20

Day One 19th January

Q & A Session