Webinar Recap: Sept 27 | Understanding Intergenerational Trauma and Intergenerational Healing – Recovery, Resilience & Wellness

Wednesday, Sept 27, 2017 | 10:00am – 11:30am EST

How can an understanding of intergenerational trauma and intergenerational healing support the recovery process for youth and build their resilience? Why does “trauma-informed” youth work that is framed by anti-oppression and addresses systemic issues that youth experience support trauma recovery?

This webinar conversation with Nene Kwasi Kafele explored the concept, scope, and mechanisms of intergenerational trauma and the impact on youth. The webinar reviewed key principles and insights into trauma-informed practice for youth work, including constructs such as resilience and recovery and practice options to support the healing journey of those impacted by intergenerational trauma. We explored how “trauma-informed” care requires drawing on knowledge about trauma and its impact on youth to do our work differently and avoid causing additional harm. Without an understanding of trauma and its impact, youth may be misunderstood or mislabelled, leading to frustration for youth workers and the potential of harm.

In the presentation, Nene referred to two terms that do not appear on the slides (available for download below):

  • Mengamaazi: Wilful, organized, coordinated, prolonged destruction and suffering. (Kiswahili)
  • Maafa: Disaster, overwhelmingly terrible catastrophe. (Kiswahili)

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES. You can also download these additional resources from Nene on intergenerational trauma.

Nene Kwasi Kafele

Nene is an educator, social justice and youth advocate, researcher, and community organizer. He has a passion for working and organizing with youth, and has extensive planning and leadership expertise in the areas of Youth Life Cycle Training (Rites of Passage) youth leadership, Community Economic Development, Anti-Oppression, Community Development, and Strategic Planning. He has held senior positions at CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) in Toronto and in the Ontario provincial government. He was also Executive Director of the Jamaican Canadian Association (the largest African Canadian social service agency in Canada). He has wide teaching experience in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Nene is listed in “Who’s Who In Black Canada” and is the founder of Tabono Institute, the only African Canadian research and public policy agency. He is a certified conflict mediator with a speciality in youth conflict.