Kwajera Z. Jackson

Founder & Director, Iama Center, LLC

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 Kwajera (Qwi-year-a) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over fifteen years of experience working with at risk populations. She is an enthusiastic and self- motivated professional clinician with experience in program development, management, supervision, training, and therapeutic interventions to enable clients and family systems to build on their strengths. A visionary whose mission embraces the ideals of systemic change by providing comprehensive interventions to prevent and reduce the adverse effects of trauma, mental health disorders, relational conflict, and loss among at-risk, urban and marginalized populations. She is energetic, intuitive, innovative, and dedicated to working with individuals, families, communities, and organizations to empower those most vulnerable to self-actualize. Ms. Jackson has been employed in the private, non-profit and government sectors serving individuals, children, families, and Veterans.

Ms. Jackson began her career at a non-profit where she did a lot of MACRO level practice and community organizing. Kwajera also provided case management, crisis intervention and counseling to individuals with co-occurring disorders and substance use disorders, which resulted in her discovery of the effects of untreated trauma. Ms. Jackson then spent several years with the Department of Veterans Affairs serving homeless Veterans and Veterans returning from Active-Duty operations to Iraq and Afghanistan with combat trauma along with female Veterans with histories of military sexual trauma. She served as a Home Study Specialist and Clinical Coordinator for two treatment foster care agencies and one of which she developed and managed a Therapeutic Family Services program. Kwajera provides clinical and therapeutic interventions along with psychoeducation and training to churches, community organizations and parents with histories of complex developmental trauma associated with abuse, neglect and breached attachment facilitating healing from past trauma. She currently serves as a Field Supervisor to Master’s Social Work students at Morgan State University and Private Independent Practitioner in part-time private practice. 

Ms. Jackson is a Masters Addictions Counselor and holds a certificate in Trauma Counseling. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Practitioner and has extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) evidenced based treatment modalities. Kwajera integrates other therapeutic interventions like Mindfulness, Theraplay, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) into treatment as well.

After extensive clinical practice, Kwajera is equipped with an understanding of attachment, sensory processing, childhood development, brain chemistry, and the impact of trauma. She provides therapeutic interventions and psychoeducation training regarding the implications of trauma on the brain to facilitate healing from past trauma and correct maladaptive behaviors in effort to mitigate the onset, progression, and exacerbation of chronic mental illness in our communities.  

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Kwajera Z. Jackson