Community Gathering on Race and Trauma 2018

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In September of 2018, SaintA teamed with Scaling Wellness In Milwaukee (SWIM) to host the Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities Conference at Milwaukee’s brand-new Fiserv Forum. The sold-out, three-day event drew 1,325 attendees from 17 states from coast to coast, and featured keynote speeches from some of the nation’s most renowned leaders on trauma and brain science.

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Keynote Presenters

L. Song Richardson, Dean of Law
University of California, Irvine School of Law

The Impact of Implicit Racial Bias on Communities
Richardson’s presentation explained how unconscious mental processes shaped over time by history and culture can lead people to view the world through a biased lens and behave contrary to their deeply-held egalitarian values. Using research and real-life examples, Richardson provided insight into the science of implicit bias and its influence on decisions, perceptions, and judgments, and provided recommendations for addressing these biases in our communities. Download Resources >

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, The Child Trauma Academy

Relational Approach to Working w/Traumatized & Maltreated Children
Dr. Perry’s address focused on the importance of positive human relationships in both caregiving and therapeutic settings, and the power and regulating effects of healthy relational interactions on the developing child. He also provided an introduction to basic neurodevelopment and traumatology for clinicians, professionals, parents, caregivers and policy makers, addressed the positive impact of high quality caregiving, supportive families and stable communities, and illustrated the devastating impact of neglect, trauma, chaos, violence, and relational poverty. Download Resources >

Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed
Adolescent Medicine Specialist and Founding Director, The Center for Parent and Teen Communication at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The Importance of Resilience-based, Strength-Focused Communication and Expectations for Young People
Dr. Ginsburg’s talk focused on how parents and professionals can raise ALL young people to become their best selves through loving interactions that restore control to youth and a coping strategy that empowers them to manage uncomfortable feelings in a healthy manner. By addressing the results of marginalization and trauma through a strengths-based lens, we prevent our knowledge of trauma from backfiring, becoming another risk label applied to youth. By emphasizing the protective power of adults and preparing them for their preventive and healing roles, we can help young people better understand their reactivity while celebrating their compassion and other strengths. Download Resources >

Harold S. Koplewicz, MD
Founding President, The Child Mind Institute

Countering Fear and Hatred: Helping Children Cope in an Uncertain Era
Our children’s mental health depends upon the social environment they live in. We can’t protect children from being confused, alarmed, or even disappointed in the world we’ve given them. But we can help children build healthy coping skills and confidence that can overcome adversity, and advocate for open conversation and robust policies surrounding child development and safety. This requires removing the stigma of mental illness as well as tying mental health to overall health, resilience, and community engagement. Download Resources >
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