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The Experience of Trauma and Black Youth
Topic/Sujet Sociocultural Perspectives
Certificate/Certificat Yes
Level/Niveau Intermediate
Format In-Person
Session Spring
Course Dates/Dates du cours Click here/Cliquez ici


A disproportionately high number of children and youth who become involved in child welfare or mental health are from the Black community. Despite best intentions, interventions offered may be ineffective if they fail to consider the impact of racism, prejudice and trauma experienced by Black individuals and communities.

Historic trauma – as a result of colonization, slavery and oppression can be built into cultural norms and passed from generation to generation. Communities are often profoundly shaped by their trauma histories and individuals continue to be impacted in the present – either by being re-traumatized or triggered by circumstances resembling earlier trauma. Many children and youth receiving services have early experiences of adversity, but Black (and racialized) children and youth may also be impacted by invisible trauma – historic or intergenerational and ongoing microaggressions.

This workshop for social workers, therapists and all those who work with Black children and youth will address ways to combat the effects of historic trauma and contemporary violence. Healing begins when we recognize the impact of past experiences (slavery and oppression) and daily, chronic threats (invalidation, and blaming) and by making sense of the trauma using the language and framework of the community. Using trauma-informed and culturally safe practices, participants will learn to deliver caring, supportive treatment that is both effective and authentic.

Outcomes/Objectifs d'apprentissage

Participants will:
• Identify & explore key aspects of cultural abuse of the African American/Canadian community
• Understand the impact of trauma and microaggressions on marginalized/racialized people
• Learn strategies to promote safety, choice and control in the therapeutic relationship
• Identify ways to describe to youth/families, the impact of trauma on the mind and body
• Define resilience and explore adaptive coping behaviours as a response to trauma

GROUP DISCOUNT: 20% Discount for groups of 4 or more. Contact (905) 889-5030 x121 to register your group.

See the homepage to see if you are eligible for the Social Workers and Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund.


Non-member fee/Frais des non membres $209.05
Member fee/Frais des membres $141.25

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