We are passionate about applying a personal touch to our expertise by sharing life experiences about trauma, personal bias, leadership, and emotional well-being.
Healing Racial Violence: The Power of Consciousness & Communication
Understanding the origins of racial trauma from a human services perspective, allies within our community will be able to assist in addressing privilege and oppression; address and acknowledge hate crime concerns, while promoting equal opportunity efforts that help communities, public agencies, businesses and schools prevent or eliminate illegal discrimination, bias, and unfair practices.
This will open up a cross-cultural communication amongst peers and colleagues that will offer incident response methods and address the underlying and long-term effects on community relations.
Social Justice & Civil Unrest
As awareness of social and civil injustices becomes more prominent across the US, social workers are called to work on both micro and macro levels with community members and political parties. Competencies and practice behaviors require that social workers be prepared “to advance social and economic well-being”.
This raises questions about how we as social workers are translating what we teach in the classroom to the community around us. How are community agencies and organizations responding to social issues as they arise? How are students defining and responding to these societal injustices? What similarities and differences exist between the historical protest models and those identified as relevant today?
Managing Stress with Neuroscience
Having a sense of belonging and human connectedness is so essential to the overall wellbeing for anyone who has experienced any type of trauma in their lives.
Outlining my own personal journey through trauma and crisis, I will demonstrate how healthy physical habits, increased emotional intelligence, and mindful meditative practices can reduce PTSD reactions and normalize negative beliefs so that individuals can go from “I can’t get over it” to “I can manage my emotions and keep moving forward.”
Using research and evidence based practices around neuroscience, this session will discuss how individuals with PTSD and other complex trauma can learn to manage stress by building resilience, developing healthy self-care habits, and using brain exercises to increase frontal lobe activity
Are Black Women Receiving Adequate Mental Health Care?
This workshop examines the experiences Black women have with accessing mental health institutions, ultimately increasing failed attempts at managing chronic mental illness due to discrimination. Black women are less likely to seek care to manage mental illness because of perceived discrimination based on race and socio-economic status.
The addition of environmental factors, and stress related factors also plays a role in their inability to access quality care. The research focus identifies the complex ways in which discrimination and institutional racism minimize the choice for Black women to access care and explores the nature and complexities of the problem and the need for alternative approaches to institutional and policy responses that address the specific needs of Black women, their families, and their communities.
More Than My Family of Origin: How to Become my Own Expert
Understanding the culture of influence in our family systems, peers, culture, and media, participants will explore how their family of origin has influenced their learned behaviors and impact their daily decision making.
By exploring the messages that you received from your family system, participants will analyze and discuss the influences that prevent them from developing healthy decision making; interpersonal communication; active listening; trust; and overcoming barriers to becoming the expert of yourself!