Examining Historical Trauma in America: Responses to Racial Trauma

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The African-American or Black community is disproportionately represented within the criminal, child welfare, and social service systems. Social workers need to be able to recognize and respond to challenges and strengths present, perpetuated, and exacerbated by historical trauma. This course will enhance student delivery of trauma informed care through recognition and understanding of trauma, trauma symptoms, historical trauma, racial trauma, and the application of culturally sensitive micro and macro level responses that resist retraumatization and perpetuation of oppressive practices and systems. Topics will include, but are not limited to trauma, trauma-informed care, historical trauma, history prior to American chattel Slavery, racial trauma, and other important terms. This course is interactive, including, but not limited to activities, discussions, presentations, and experiential exercises.

Courses are subject to change at any time. Please check mySSA for the quarters, days, and times that courses will be held, as well as room numbers.