October 17, 2019

508 - Trauma in the Urban Community

Exploring the Wider Context

There’s nothing “post” about the PTSD many people living in impoverished, urban communities experience daily. But effective interventions for these clients requires a commitment to understanding the complexities of their experience and identifying the traumas, both hidden and visible, rooted in a lack of basic necessities and jobs, unhealthy family relationships, drug addiction, unfair policing practices, and ongoing violence. This workshop explores trauma through the lens of epigenetics and generational trauma as well as physical health in the light of the ACEs study. In this session, you’ll explore:

  • The environmental risk factors for PTSD and major depressive disorder within an urban and impoverished population
  • How to widen the trauma-informed care lens by identifying family-centered specific interventions
  • The correlation between trauma in the urban environment and the rise in suicide rates of African American children

Jada McCray, LCSW-C, has been a clinician in Baltimore City for more than a decade. Her work through BTST Services involves leading one of Baltimore’s most cutting-edge and culturally competent practices, with over 200 employees, servicing 4,000 clients statewide.

Note: This workshop is available as self-study credit. It also fulfills many state board requirements for training in cultural competency.


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