The mission of the Center for Innovation and Resources (CIR) is to apply research-based knowledge to address real-world problems in human services and education. We accomplish this through training, education, and conversation.
The research and problems are clear: institutional oppression and violence against the black community are pervasive and real.
At CIR, we are dedicated to increasing awareness and providing practical strategies that address racism and injustice. For many, feeling overwhelmed and not knowing how to move forward with learning and joining the conversation is common. If you are looking to expand your knowledge regarding some of the issues that are now being more widely discussed locally, nationally and internationally, please utilize the resources below from CIR’s upcoming events and archives. These are available to you, free of charge.
While we have worked to provide opportunities for education, training and meaningful conversation around both the systems and inherent biases that harm the black community, we recognize that there is much more work to do and many more conversations to engage in and make space for. CIR pledges to continue to grow, seek out, and learn how we can be better partners and allies in this work. There’s no question about it: Black Lives Matter.
We are always in search of topics to address and new trainers to work with. If you have expertise or training ideas to share, we would love to hear from you.
Sybil Halloran, Executive Director
Strengthening Cultural Humility - Dismantling Implicit Bias presented by Dr. Sayida Peprah, Psy.D
This video was developed to strengthen understanding of biases both as individuals and as professionals when working with victims of crime.
The Intersection of Haircare and Self-Esteem for Black Foster Youth: Considering Historical, Contemporary, and Personal Trauma with Tanish C. Fulcher
June 9, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:15 am
This trauma-informed webinar will discuss the significance of haircare for black youth in out-of-home placement, and will take into consideration the abuse and neglect foster children are exposed to both prior to entering systems of care, and upon entering a new home and family system. Because foster youth are susceptible to experiencing higher rates of depression and PTSD, the psychological impact of low self-esteem can be particularly detrimental and contribute to on-going personal trauma. Register here.
A Strength-Based and Trauma-Informed Approach to Working with the African American Community by Taquelia Washington, LCSW
The African American community is not monolithic. There are vast differences in experiences, thoughts/opinions, and in the ways in which historical trauma has manifested. AND it is still important to understand some of the central themes that one may encounter when working with this community, as well as the sociological context in which these themes occur. The information discussed should not be used to make assumptions but instead be used as a cognitive template when working with the community. This resource can be found here.
Power and Control Wheel of Historical Trauma Video Aid with Gimel Rogers, Psy.D.
To request copies of the Power and Control Wheel of Historical Trauma, please contact us. The accompanying video is intended to help deepen understanding of the resource and how it can be used. To view it, please click here.
Implicit Bias Workbook and Video Recording by Taquelia Washington, LCSW
This resource offers providers a space to learn and reflect on their own implicit biases in a safe and contained way. To view the accompanying video designed to aid the implicit bias workbook, please click here.