Ruptured Attachment: Attachment and Intimacy Building for African Americans

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Presented By: Dr. Sametta E. Hill, DMFT, LAMFT  and Rakumba Gill, Peer Recovery Coach

Workshop Description:

Most psychological research studies today account for the relational problems in African American heterosexual couples’ inability to stay together in terms of contemporary factors such as: female headed households, mass incarceration, infidelity etc. These factors are symptoms of a more foundational problem. The intergenerational traumatic impact of slavery and its aftermath is the source of this couple’s inability to stay together. This workshop will be restricted to traumas originated under slavery practices and implemented during slavery disrupting bonding and secure attachment. A treatment approach will be provided to help the couple build a more secure attachment and trust.  

Workshop Objectives:

  • Deeper historical understanding of the attachment rupture that occurred due to the implantation and process of making slaves.
  • Understanding the psychohistorical relational problems within this contemporary couple.
  • Awareness of the attachment and trust ruptures that continue to exist in these contemporary relationships and the psychohistorical roots of these attachment and trust ruptures.
  • Suggested treatment approach to working with African American couples or those who are in relationships with African Americans.
  • Helping to build a stronger attachment and increase intimacy.

Presenter Info

Dr. Sametta E. Hill, DMFT LAMFT lives in Minneapolis, MN with her family. She received her BA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern College; MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary and Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. She has worked in the Department of Human Services for over 14 years, serving children, adolescents; adults and families in the areas of economic assistance; child protection and juvenile corrections. She has an article published in the Psychohistory News titled “Psychic Slavery and Trust in African American Intimate Relationships. She is the author of “Ruptured Attachment, The historical problem within African American intimate relationships and why it affects us today”. Her passion is to help African Americans heal from hurts experienced throughout history that continues to affect the family bond and structure. Dr. Hill has a unique ability to meet people where they are and help people heal from the inside out.

Rakumba R. Gill, Peer Recovery Coach lives in Minneapolis with his family.  He is a Peer Recovery Coach with Minnesota Recovery Connection.  He has worked in the community for over 7 years, serving vulnerable adults, people with mental health issues and chemical dependency. He has worked in inpatient and outpatient treatment settings, with adolescents and adults who struggle with addiction.  He is an artist and the illustrator of the book “Ruptured Attachment”. His passion is to help people who struggle with addiction understand that there is more than one path to sobriety and that individuals can overcome the stigma associated with addiction.  He has a creative artistic approach to help individuals identify their addiction of choice; their journey to where they are today and a process to help them discover the path to a healthy legal responsible way of living.


Refund Policy: 

Requests must be made in writing. Refunds will be given on requests received 10 days prior to the training event. A 20% administrative fee per person will be deducted from all cancellations. No refunds will be given if received less than 10 days prior to the event, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person.

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Date & Location

St. Cloud State (more details to be provided)
St. Cloud MN 56301-4498

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Fri March 22, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Presenter(s): Dr. Sametta E. Hill, DMFT, LAMFT and Rakumba Gill, Peer Recovery Coach