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Racial Trauma, Healing, and Resiliency: A Web-Based Opportunity for Learning and Growth

This is a FREE web-based training event. 

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Date: July 21, 2020

Time: 10:30 am - 11:45 am

The Child Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Centers (CATTA) Training Project is hosting a webinar titled Racial Trauma, Healing, and Resiliency: A Web-Based Opportunity for Learning and Growth presented by Taquelia Washington, Jo Brownson, Amelia Ortega on Tuesday, June 21, 2020 from 10:30am-11:45am PST.

The most recent murders of Black and Brown people across the United States continues to highlight the various ways in which racism creates trauma responses for people living in this country. While racism is not a new construct, what is new is conceptualizing the impact of racism as a form of trauma. It is important that providers committed to working with victims of crime understand not only what racial trauma means but also learn the ways in which its symptomology may show up both within themselves and those they serve. Depending on the skin that one lives in, the ways in which one is impacted by racism is vastly different. As a result, this training will also provide perspective of how different racial groups are impacted. Special focus will be given to how one may be able to guide their own healing and promote resiliency both within themselves and those they serve. The week following this webinar, there will be limited space available for those interested in going deeper in their learning to participate in racial affinity-based exploration.

Taquelia Washington, LCSW, Founder at EmpowerMe! Services

Taquelia is a licensed clinical social worker and holds a pupil personal services credential. She has extensive experience working in community mental health, specializing in providing services in the school systems. She has 20 years of experience working in the field, with over 10 of those years spent working at a continuation school, providing mental health related services to “at risk” and “hard to engage” youth while also developing systems of care to help best support them. In addition, Taquelia has direct experience providing intensive therapeutic services to youth and their families in outpatient clinic settings. She utilizes an integrative approach in her clinical practice and strongly believes in the importance of building relationships and utilizing a culturally inclusive and trauma informed lens.

Jo Brownson, Sole Proprietor at Tangled Roots

Jo Brownson is a racial justice educator and facilitator based in the Bay Area. She has worked in the field of education and racial justice for over a decade teaching in K-12 classrooms and providing transformational coaching and facilitation in the nonprofit sector. As a White, queer, cisgender woman, her area of practice is in supporting individuals and organizations to understand how Whiteness is operating inside their context, how it intersects with other systems of oppression, and what they can do to mitigate and transform its impacts.

Amelia Ortega, LCSW, TCYM, SIFI, Sole Proprietor/Clinician at Amanecer Counseling: Feminist Psychotherapy

Amelia Ortega currently works as a somatic psychotherapist, organizational consultant and professor of Social Work practice. As a mixed Chicanx identified clinician, Amelia’s work focuses on healing from racial trauma and gender based violence.. Amelia specializes in trauma focused therapies and trauma informed classroom pedagogies through their role as Faculty at the Columbia University School of Social Work and as an organizational consultant. Specifically Amelia supports and leads space for other mixed/multi-racial identified individuals and families to address the impacts of racism on selfhood and connection to un-doing systems of oppression. Amelia’s clinical and teaching practice engages healing through use of somatic experiencing, EMDR and their training in the Trauma Conscious Yoga Method. In 2019 Amelia was named by Negocios Now as one of “NYC’s 40 Latinos under 40” for their trauma therapy work with LGBTQ Latinx community.

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