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Trauma-Informed Communities Summit

Moving Toward Healing

Racial Equity as Foundational to
Trauma-Informed Communities in North Carolina

Wednesday, June 16
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free & Open to the Public

Racial equity is more than a “line item” and is essential to all trauma-informed communities work. Join the Trauma-Informed Communities Project to learn more about community-driven approaches that build mutually beneficial relationships within and across communities, authentically share power with partners, and use storytelling to address racial, historical, and community trauma in North Carolina. This will be a brave space to deepen awareness, promote action, and celebrate the impressive trauma-informed work of seven counties from across the state.

We welcome keynote speakers Ernestine Briggs-King, PhD, and Kim Pevia, as well as panelists Justin J. Adams, PhD, Anthony Andrews, PhD, LCMHC-S, LCAS, CRC, and Karen Barbee, EdD, LCMHCS, LCAS.

This summit may be of particular interest to child and family service providers in these systems: mental health, medical, courts, juvenile justice, schools, early childhood, faith communities, and more.

Summit Schedule

9:00 AM – WELCOME
9:15 AM Keynote – Healing the Wounds of Racism & Racial Trauma

Ernestine Briggs-King, PhD
Healing the Wounds of Racism & Racial Trauma
How do we begin to heal the grief, loss, and pain caused by racism and racial trauma? How do we promote resilience and recovery? Join us as we explore strategies to heal as we strive toward racial equity in our systems and communities.

10:20 AM SESSION – Approaching Racially Equitable Trauma-Informed Healing Work in North Carolina: The Trauma-Informed Communities Project

Approaching Racially Equitable Trauma-Informed Healing Work in North Carolina: The Trauma-Informed Communities Project
Every community has different strengths, priorities, and approaches to addressing specific community goals. This discussion highlights foundational values and approaches for engaging in racially equitable, trauma-informed communities’ work learned through three years of community collaboration in the NC TIC Project.

11:00 AM – PANEL DISCUSSION

Justin J. Adams, PhD
Integrating Expressive Arts Counseling with Black/African American Families
This presentation will explore counselors’ use of music therapy, art therapy, and bibliotherapy with Black/African American youth and families as an alternative to traditional talk therapy.

Anthony Andrews, PhD, LCMHC-S, LCAS, CRC
Creating and Maintaining Safe Spaces for Black Clients
This presentation will highlight the importance of multicultural awareness and implicit bias training for mental health professionals, and will also address what steps non-Black therapists can take to create and maintain safe spaces for Black clients.

Karen Barbee, EdD, LCMHCS, LCAS
Racial Trauma Through the Lens of School- and Community-based Mental Health Services
This presentation will explore racial trauma in the school setting, and the positive impact that co-located mental health services can have working collaboratively in schools with faculty and students of color.

12:30 PM – LUNCH & WELLNESS BREAK
1:00 PM KEYNOTE – Story Circles: Beyond the Head Space into the Heart Space

Kim Pevia
Story Circles: Beyond the Head Space into the Heart Space
A guided seminar for listening and sharing in equitable ways to build relationship in communities that are impacted by trauma.

2:00 PM SESSION – Stories of Change from Seven NC Communities

Stories of Change from Seven NC Communities
Celebrate along with and learn from the seven communities involved in supporting trauma-informed care and racial equity efforts during the NC TIC Project. Community members will reflect on their work and lessons learned while promoting and sustaining trauma-informed practices across child and family service systems.

3:00 PM – CLOSE
Posted on June 7, 2021