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Webinar—Historical and Structural Trauma

May 6, 2021

Historical and Structural Trauma: Connections to

Current Outcomes and Inheriting Resilience


Thursday, May 6 at 11am – 12:30pm CDT

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The groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study identified the link between individual experiences of childhood trauma, such as abuse or neglect, with adverse health outcomes, such as heart disease and cancer, in adults. However, this study was just the beginning of looking at how trauma can impact people and communities’ health and social wellbeing. In the years since, there has been significant study into how collective experiences with trauma can also impact health. This includes historical trauma, such as slavery or the Holocaust, as well as continued community trauma like racism and discrimination.

This training discusses the background of historical and community trauma, as well as how they can impact health outcomes just as strongly as individual experiences can. It also covers how these traumas have become integrated into the systems that direct much of our lives—education, housing, healthcare, and the criminal-legal system—and are perpetuated through implicit biases and explicit prejudices.

The training also reviews why it is so vital to be informed by these multiple levels of trauma when applying trauma-informed practices and resilience building with individuals. It also examines how resilience building methods have historical and community-based origins, and how participants can encourage and learn from them, as well as integrate this knowledge into their own work.

The webinar is free, but registration is required.