In their work together with gang members and their families from violent neighborhoods, the presenters have created an innovative healing process that involves music, sports, wilderness activities, and systemic trauma treatment. Using case examples and experiential exercises, this session will demonstrate how to directly confront too often overlooked therapeutic issues, like the effects of racism, historical trauma, poverty, and gun violence. Discover ways to adapt traditional therapeutic concepts and tools to the challenges of working with underserved populations. Learn how to:
- Integrate both the creative arts and psychoeducation to bring vibrancy and immediacy to the therapeutic environment
- Explore ways to overcome the obstacles to discussing highly charged racial issues
- Examine the crucial impact of historical trauma in a therapeutic setting
- Assess your own issues around race, no matter what race you are
Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change and coauthor of Treating Complex Trauma. Ra Frye is the Founder of Pride ROC, a developmental trauma gang intervention process in Chicago and other violence invested neighborhoods.