Trauma Across Generations: Engaging the African American Community

bulletOnline Training

bulletRecorded on Thursday, July 12, 2018

bullet1.5 hour training

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$30 for non-YIPA members

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Historical trauma continues to impact communities of color everywhere. When discussing the challenges within the African American community, such issues as violence, drugs, poverty, and systematic concerns often arise. Awareness of this trauma is often lacking or worse, the trauma is outright dismissed. But historical trauma is a factor that may adversely impact healthy development for youth in these communities. Without effectively addressing the trauma, it will continue to be difficult to help youth fully experience a healthy life as a primary goal.

As a youth worker, having a big picture perspective of the many factors at play will help you be more aware of your own biases. You will then be able to more effectively engage in authentic and meaningful conversations surrounding race, trauma, and inequality with the youth you serve.

This training will increase your awareness of the link between historical and intergenerational trauma, community challenges, and effective engagement with the African American community. The trainer will discuss practical, culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed, outcome-driven best practices you can use in your work with youth.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a better understanding of the link between historical trauma and the challenges faced by youth in the African American community
  • Learn about culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed best practices
  • Understand the importance of challenging your own conscious or unconscious perceptions and biases that could have unintended consequences

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Trainer

Sam Simmons, AA, LADC, is a behavioral consultant with over 28 years of experience specializing in practical, culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed work with African American males and their families with a focus on addressing chemical dependency, interpersonal violence, and historical trauma. Sam is the co-creator of the African American Community of Practice (AACP) which aims to increase culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed resources for the African American community by increasing the capacity and number of African American professionals and paraprofessionals. For over 9 years Sam developed and managed a culturally-specific, trauma-informed project and curriculum that engages African American males to promote healthy relationships to end violence against women and girls and community violence. He is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota. He was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives Best Practices Award for his work with MN Department of Veterans Outreach Services, prison reentry, and the African American community. Sam received the 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma Award and the Black Tear Drop Award for his vision and leadership in culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed work in the community and around the country. In 2017, Sam received the Champions for Children Award from the Minnesota Communities Caring for Children for his work in making the world a better place for children. He is co-host of “Voices,” a radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses issues of the urban community. Sam is co-creator of the groundbreaking and visionary conference, Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing.

 

Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: DIVERSITY

Logistics

  • Online Training
  • Recorded on Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Click here to join or learn more.
  • This training will count as 1.5 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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