Culturally Responsive Trauma Informed Therapy

October 11, 2023

9:00am – 12:00pm CT

3 CEUs*

Live and Interactive via Zoom

The majority of individuals and cultural groups in the United States have experienced a unique combination of historical and current trauma, therefore, they can benefit from culturally responsive services to address their trauma.

Topics covered in this skill-building presentation include: An historical perspective on trauma in the United States and Implications for trauma informed therapy; Culturally responsive trauma informed therapy; Analyzing evidence-based trauma models from a cultural lens; Integrating culture and evidence-based practices; Creating healing forests: helping entire communities heal historical and current trauma; and Culturally responsive trauma informed models.

Examples will be drawn from Native American and Canadian First Nation Tribes; African American, and Latino/Hispanic Communities.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation you will be able to:

• Articulate the history of trauma in the United States

• Define culturally responsive trauma informed care

• Integrate culture and evidence-based trauma therapy

• Analyze evidence-based practices from a cultural lens

• Organize healing forests to help address historical and current trauma

• Articulate the tenants of culturally responsive trauma recovery models from four communities

*Satisfies the cultural competence requirement for social workers.

About the Instructor:

Mark Sanders LCSW, CADC, is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Caribbean and British Islands. He is the author of five books, which focus on behavioral health, and has received numerous awards including a Life Time Achievement Award from the Illinois Addiction Counselor Certification Board and the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the Social Work profession as a Loyola University of Chicago Alumni.

Mark is co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery high school in Illinois. He is past president of the board of the Illinois Chapter of NAADAC. He has had a 30 year career as a university educator having taught at the University of Chicago, Illinois State University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and Loyola University of Chicago, School of Social Work.


This workshop will take place via Zoom. Access information will be shared via email at least 24 hours prior to the start of the workshop. The workshop will not be recorded.

If you have any questions about access or to request a reasonable accommodation that will facilitate your full participation in this event such as ASL interpreting, captioned videos, Braille or electronic text, food options for individuals with dietary restrictions, etc. please contact the event organizer.