Healing Our Trauma: Impact and Interventions for People of Color

Workshop Location: ShelbyHurst Campus 9001 Shelbyville Road Louisville, KY 40222 Free Parking Available! (Link to directions provided below)
When Nov 07, 2019
from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where ShelbyHurst Campus
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4 CEUS

Presented by: Carol Frame, CSW and Jo Cruz

Target Audience: Anyone who works with people or communities of color either in micro, mezzo or macro work.

Many people are aware of the ground-breaking research around the relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) to adult health outcomes.  Childhood trauma is now considered the leading determinate of the health and well-being of our nation, and our work is being shaped into trauma informed approaches.  However, the original CDC-Kaiser Permanente study that led to our current understanding and framing of Adverse Childhood Experiences focused only on ten types of family trauma and their impact on a largely white, middle income population.   What about other types of trauma, specifically trauma that impacts people and communities of color?  How can our trauma informed responses be culturally competent, based on an understanding of racial trauma?

This workshop will first present an overview of the original ten Adverse Childhood Experiences, including how trauma impacts the brain and behavior, increasing the likelihood of the ten most common causes of death in the United States.   The traditional Trauma Informed Approach will also be discussed.  We will then focus on the multiple types of trauma that impact people and communities of color, with a focus on the African American population.   We’ll explore culturally competent, trauma informed methods of healing and have an opportunity to discuss resources available in the Louisville community.  

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to. . .

  1. Recognize the connection between childhood trauma, brain development and adult health outcomes
  2. Apply their understanding of ACEs to a Trauma Informed approach and interventions
  3. Increase their understanding of the Adverse Childhood Experiences to include additional types of trauma with an emphasis on race-based trauma
  4. Develop a working knowledge of culturally competent interventions for healing that go beyond traditional trauma informed care
  5. Identify their own level of vicarious trauma and commit to healthy methods to address it


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