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Complex Trauma, Systemic Racism, and Black and Latinx Populations Impacted by Community Violence

Length: Two hours

Delivery: Live in-person or live virtual

This two-hour in-person workshop meets the requirements for the continuing education training of group home facility administrators. In this workshop, we discuss how exposure (especially chronic exposure) to community violence impacts youth who experience complex trauma. We apply a cultural lens, examining interactions with historical, racial, and intergenerational trauma. Black and Latinx youth belonging to groups who’ve been marginalized in the U.S. are at relatively high risk of experiencing continuous traumatic stress in the form of community violence and systemic racism, endangering their physical and psychological safety. These youth are also at increased risk of living in group homes or residential treatment settings. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to identify trauma-informed strategies to use with Black & Latinx populations affected by community violence. One (1) 10-minute break will be provided.

Note: This workshop has been adapted, with permission, from one of the trainings Hanna Center teaches as part of the west coast contingent of the Complex Trauma Training Consortium (CTTC), a national trainer-training and workforce development initiative that aims to establish sustainable expertise in complex trauma understanding, assessment, and treatment across the USA. The CTTC is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and is comprised of a faculty of over two dozen subject matter experts diverse in race, culture, language, geography and lived experience.

Learning Objectives

  • Review strategies to prevent or treat vicarious trauma of staff/providers 
  • Define complex trauma, historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, and racial trauma 
  • Examine how experiencing traumatic events and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can impact brain, body, and behavior 
  • Discuss 7 domains often impacted by the experience of complex trauma 
  • Align workplace practices with 6 trauma-informed care principles  
  • Avoid re-traumatization of youth by following the neuro-sequential model of therapeutics 
  • Promote protective factors to enhance safety for at-risk youth 

Helping you help others

Hanna Institute equips and empowers individuals and organizations with the trauma-informed tools they need to help people in their community.
  • Our bilingual and bicultural trainings place equity at the center of our work.
  • Coursework approved for continuing education credit for a variety of professionals.
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