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Be the Healing: Becoming a Trauma-Informed and Responsive Community


We invite you to join an influential cohort of community leaders to learn and explore ways of addressing racism, mental health, and healing.

Be the Healing training will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at South Shore Cultural Center from 8:00am-5:00pm, with Dr. Joy DeGruy (see breakdown of schedule below). One of the nation’s most renowned instigators of research-based action, Dr. DeGruy will share the proven processes for transformation, as together we create a community plan to promote unity, equity, and equality in communities most severely afflicted by crime and violence in Chicago.

Participants will learn and explore information related to Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, and the newest research in epigenetics and multigenerational trauma. We will also look at theories and models that inform culturally responsive practice: The Relationship Approach, the Theory of Triadic Influence, and Improvement Science.

Session I: Introductory/Refresher Course (8am-12pm)- This session is intended for new attendees to learn about Dr. DeGruy's theories and methods. This session is also open to advanced participants to refresh their learning from the October 2016 training.

Session II: Deeper Learning (1p-5pm): This session is for the 1st cohort of participants that attended the October 2016 training. Attendees will build upon Dr. DeGruy's methods and learn more about implementation. Please bring your binder, we will reference some of the materials and you will be given new case studies and information.

Returning participants from the October 2016 training have the option of attending the full day. Please sign up for both session tickets to reserve your space.

If you would like to stay for lunch between 12pm-1pm, you can purchase a box lunch for $15 or bring your own lunch. Please choose the lunch ticket in addition to your session ticket and describe your dietary needs. Deadline is Tuesday, May 16, 2017. This option is available for everyone.

Key community stakeholders from Bronzeville and the city at large: educators, members of law enforcement, elected officials, health practitioners, out-of-school time providers, at-risk youth interveners, funders, parents, business/employment leaders, housing developers, faith-based leaders, students and other recommended community leaders will learn new methods they can apply in their respective fields. This initiative will reach the necessary audience to seed a movement that puts structures in place to promote unity, equity, and equality in communities most impacted by crime and violence in Chicago.

Please contact Syda S. Taylor at or text 312.371.7036 for more information.

Initiative Sponsors: Chicago Baha'i Community and Sarowitz Family Fund

Event Sponsors: All in One Race Initiative, Bright Star Community Outreach, Bronzeville Community Action Council, Chicago Bahá’í Community, ComeUnity Based Solutions, Engage Civil Incorporated, Environmentalist of Color, Health for Humanity, Intonation, UCAN, and ViaYou

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