Practicing at the Intersections of Trauma, Identity, and Culture

How do we practice trauma-informed care while engaging the complexity of our client’s social identities? How do we work effectively across identities while skillfully navigating systems of power and oppression? What is the role of shame in trauma and healing? How do we effectively engage anger, rage, and grief in our clients? What cultural values are at play within ourselves and our clients and how do we attune to and engage these values to create healing relationships? How do we do all of this sustainably?

In this course, we will be exploring the implications of social identity (race, class, gender, gender identity, sexuality, age, etc.) on trauma. Additionally, we will explore the critical need to identify and attune to cultural values present within our clients, our systems, and ourselves. We will examine the use of integrating approaches from fields such as psychology, sociology, and anthropology as a clinical practice/tool that honors the impact of one’s identities and culture on their mental health and trauma. This workshop will introduce participants to specific tools and frameworks through which they can evaluate their own practice and their client relationships, so as to ultimately serve our clients and communities most capably.

Practitioners in this course will:

  • Explore frameworks to conceptualize and navigate the rich and complex intersections of mental health, trauma, social identity, and culture
  • Conceptualize cases through a holistic approach so as to best engage trauma through a social identity and culturally conscious lens
  • Practice clinical trauma-informed care interventions based in mindfulness and embodiment approaches towards sustainable outcomes for clients, providers, and systems

Please note: Each class will be held via Zoom. Participant numbers will be capped to ensure a personalized learning experience and there will be numerous opportunities for engagement (e.g. small group discussions, role plays, case studies). As such, learners should prepare for active participation. We ask that students keep their cameras on as much as they are able, while understanding that it may not be possible to keep cameras on throughout the entire class. Rest assured that we will take many breaks throughout each class to help assuage Zoom fatigue.

Counts as a Historical Trauma course for Trauma Certificate Program

Instructor: Omkar Sawardekar, MSW, LICSW

Date(s): 03/11/2021

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

CEUs: 6 CEUs; 6 Clinical Clock Hours; 2 hours in clinical intervention methods informed by research and current standards of practice, 2 hours in social work values and ethics, including cultural context, diversity, and social policy, 2 hours in culturally specific clinical assessment and intervention

Cost: $150

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