By Caroline Triscik and Sheila Wise Rowe

Sheila Wise Rowe: Healing Racial Trauma

“The reality is racism has affected every one of us [people of color]. Yes, to varying degrees, but it has affected every one of us. We need to look at that and the commonalities if there is any hope in terms of our experiencing personal healing and interpersonal healing, and then impacting society as a whole.” — Sheila Wise Rowe

Listen in as WAP associate Caroline Triscik interviews counselor and author Sheila Wise Rowe about her newly released book Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience. Through her knowledge, wisdom, and experiences, Sheila walks the listener through the pain of being silenced, to lament, toward healing from racial trauma.

When I first heard about Sheila Wise Rowe’s book—at that point, forthcoming—from a friend’s social media post, I knew I wanted to interview her for the podcast. Through my graduate studies in mental health counseling, I had been seeking a book like Sheila's — an essential, yet previously missing resource. In addition to an explanation of ways in which people and societies are harmed by racism, Sheila also offered powerful stories — not just her own experiences of racial injustice, but also stories from a multitude of people describing how racism has impacted their lives, along with the resilience they’ve displayed. At the same time, Sheila shares these stories with hope for the path toward healing. In our interview together, Sheila shares this same hope for healing from racial trauma, through community, counseling, and ultimately through Christ.

— Caroline Triscik

You can listen on iTunes or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.


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About the Author

Caroline served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and holds a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is a clinical mental health counselor and a former associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

Sheila Wise Rowe is a graduate of Tufts University and Cambridge College with a master's degree in counseling psychology. For over twenty-five years she has counseled abuse and trauma survivors in the United States. Sheila ministered to homeless and abused women and children in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she also taught counseling and trauma-related courses for a decade.

Sheila is the executive director of The Rehoboth House and the cofounder of The Cyrene Movement, an online community for people of color seeking healing for racial trauma. She is the author of The Well of Life: Heal Your Pain, Satisfy Your Thirst, Live Your Purpose along with The Wonder Years. She lives in the Boston area, where she is a writer, counselor, speaker, and spiritual director.

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