The Trauma of Incarceration

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 20, 2022

Moe Whitcomb
Moe Whitcomb
Healer, Artist, Writer

When addressing the collateral consequences of incarceration, there is very little attention paid to the traumatic impact of the experience of incarceration, and the effect that it has on successful reconnection with family and the community upon release. This session will explore the prevalence of pre-incarceration trauma; individual and institutional trauma that is experienced while incarcerated; incarceration as trauma; and the impact that these experiences have on currently and formerly incarcerated people. Themes of isolation, disconnection, institutional betrayal, and healing will be explored through the presenter’s art and storytelling. Further, this session will address the implications that the trauma of incarceration has on therapeutic dynamics, relationships that incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people have with service providers, and the impact that it has on how formerly incarcerated people are able to move through the world. Participants in this session can expect active discussion and session activities addressing trauma, healing, and worldview.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe the complexity of trauma that incarcerated people embody, including pre-incarceration trauma, trauma experienced while incarcerated, oppression as trauma, as well as institutional, historical, and generational trauma.
  • Recognize how incarceration impacts therapeutic and service provider relationships, as well as meaningful reconnection with community and family after release.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of oppression, and the complex dynamics of working with incarcerated survivors of sexual violence. 
  • Recognize how participants’ own lived experiences and how upbringing, socialization, and worldview impact perspectives about people who are incarcerated.


EVAWI is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide Continuing Education contact hours for nurses (Provider #15641). 

Registered Nurses may purchase 1.5 contact hours after completing this webinar.

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