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Making Connections: Generational Trauma

Friday, April 8, 2022

10:00 - 11:30 am PT

FREE Virtual Event 

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Course Overview:

Join the Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition for a Child Abuse Prevention month presentation on generational trauma. While trauma researchers have made great strides in understanding and treating single-episode present-life trauma, we are just beginning to explore the impact of generational trauma and its expression. In this presentation, Dr. Shandi Fuller will describe the impact of the transatlantic slave trade and systemic racism and recommend ways to connect and support children and families who are working through trauma.

About Dr. Shandi J Fuller:

Dr. Shandi J. Fuller wears many hats and serves as a pediatrician, consultant, coach, and speaker. Born and raised in Northern VA she attended the illustrious Howard University College of Medicine.  It was during this time that her passion for advocacy, equity, and service, especially for women and children of color, gained momentum. After residency, she became chief of pediatrics at the Cherokee Indian Hospital on the Cherokee boundary. This is where she took a deeper dive into learning about generational trauma. Dr. Fuller pursued her passion for serving the needs of the community by completing her Master of Public Health degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Currently, she is the deputy Health Officer for Solano County and leads the Maternal, Child and Adolescent health division as the medical director. Dr. Fuller is heavily involved in numerous equity committees, initiatives, and collaborations. She is the Co-lead for a community group called Solano HEALs, which stands for Health Equity for African-America/Black Lives in Solano County. The mission of this organization is to eliminate birth disparities and the infant mortality gap. Dr. Fuller is committed to eliminate health disparities by addressing racism in medicine head on. She is well versed in the affects that toxic stress, including racism, has on health and wellness. As the CEO and founder of Shandi J: 4 the People, she hopes to inform, enlighten, and empower by sharing her knowledge with colleagues and community members through trainings, coaching and speaking engagements. Dr. Fuller’s mission is to give voice to racial inequities in healthcare by developing strategies to end health disparities and creating safe spaces. She empowers healthcare agencies by giving them sustainable tools to embed equity into their systems to end systemic racism in medicine. She believes in empowering individuals by passing the mic so that they can be heard and seen. 

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify how epigenetics can influence genetic expression in the face of trauma. 
  • Describe how the trauma of the transatlantic slave trade, directly and indirectly, impacts systemic racism, health, and well-being across generations.
  • List strategies to go from resilience to thriving communities.

Continuing Education Units:

Cost: $20 

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) when they fill out the follow-up survey. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

Course meets qualifications for 1 hour of Continuing Education Units (Provider #128510) as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences). CEUs are provided by the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR), which is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. CEUs will be available after the webinar for a fee of $20.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should contact Goretti Alvarez at

Produced by the Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition.