Addressing Trauma and Its Impact on Black Youth


Please note that there is a fee to attend this 2-part online training ($135.60 Members / $169.50 Non-Members).

Ontario’s Black Youth Action Plan sought to restore equitable outcomes for Black youth who experience barriers to education, employment, and health as a result of poverty and racism because Black children and youth are disproportionately represented in the child welfare, mental health, and youth justice systems. Learn how to take actionable steps to address issues in your organization.

Efforts to address this disparity may be ineffective if they fail to acknowledge the impact of racism, historic and present-day, and the resulting trauma. Historic trauma, as a result of colonialism, slavery, and oppression, is passed on to future generations and impacts entire communities. Individuals can also experience trauma directly or indirectly through prejudice and race-based violence.

In this 2-part training (November 9th and 10th, 1:00–4:00PM EST), participants will explore how outcomes for Black youth are impacted by the attitudes and beliefs of service providers and explore systemic racism and underlying barriers experienced by Black children, youth, and families. In addition, you’ll learn how to take actionable steps to address the issues and incorporate change in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the enduring impact of colonialism, slavery, and oppression on Black communities in the present day
  • Recognize the longer-term impacts of trauma on health, mental health, and behaviour
  • Identify micro-aggressions (micro-insults, micro-assaults, and micro-invalidations), how they are experienced, and how they may be re-traumatizing
  • Explore resilience factors and examine the adaptive coping behaviours that may be a response to trauma
  • Recognize power and privilege of service providers in relationship to children & youth and their families
  • Describe actionable steps to address issues of anti-Black racism with youth and families
  • Explore how to incorporate this into your work
Online November 9, 2020

1:00 pm

- 4:00 pm

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