Historical and cultural context inform trauma informed approaches as a path to healing through Seven Generation Strategies, acknowledgement of intergenerational core strengths, and self-determination.
This interactive workshop will provide participants an opportunity to develop an understanding of how the historical experience of American Indians and Alaska Natives connects to Intergenerational Trauma, ongoing discrimination, racism, lateral violence, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE).
Participants will learn how experiences over a life course and over generations has a significant impact on our health. We will explore the link between ACE and early childhood brain development. Participants will gain understanding of how adversity early in life increases physical, mental, and behavioral problems later in life. They will also gain knowledge about affirming generational strengths that provide a path to healing and ability to face contemporary challenges. We will explore the role that culture, and traditions play in maintaining balance of physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being. Participants will also engage in an interactive understanding of creating trusting environments and trauma informed systems and approaches to support community and self-care.
Physical movement and stretch breaks are integrated throughout the training. Sessions are interactive and provide opportunity for self and collective reflective activities.