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Understanding Historical Trauma & Resilience *New Venue*

June 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm


June 21
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Minnesota CarePartner
Roots Recovery

Dakota Lodge

1200 Stassen Lane
West Saint Paul, MN 55118 United States
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(952) 891-7000
Understanding Historical Trauma & Resilience
Admission for one plus lunch
48 available

Christine Smith, M.A.

Professional Excellence Training Series

Understanding Historical Trauma and Resilience


Participant Objectives: 

  1. Define historical trauma: Participants will learn definition and research around historical trauma, the role of policies and dominant narrative on the individual, familial and community level. Participants will also learn about emerging research around continuous trauma and an overview of Historical trauma.
  2. Explain connection to todays disparities to impacts of trauma: Participants will be able to make connections between historical trauma and current disparities and have a deepened understanding of internalized and later oppression.
  3. Understand Protective factors role in healing: Participants will have a deepened understanding of protective factors from a cultural perspective. Participants will learn about indigenous healing models.
  4. Describe community strengths and assets:
    Participants will have identify communities strengths and assets despite trauma,  healing methods and indigenous values and beliefs around resilience.

This interactive workshop will include discussion of;

  • Culture and Values
  • Defining Trauma
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Minnesota Data
  • Historical and Current Traumas Affecting African American and American Indian People
  • Bias and Myths Influencing Policies and Systems
  • Healing and Resilience Through a Core Protective Factors Lens.



Christine has been working in systems to address inequities for individuals and families impacted by historical trauma for over ten years at the city, state and more recently, national level. She is currently working for the Minnesota Department of Health as the Health Equity and Tribal Grants Supervisor for the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives (OSHII). Her previous work experience of eight years was for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program as a counselor and then at the State of Minnesota for the Department Human Services were she served as a Policy Consultant and Tribal Liaison. She holds a Bachelors in Organizational Communication from Augsburg College with a minor in Religion and a Master’s degree in Family Life Education from Concordia University.



CEU applications have been submitted for the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy, Board of Social Work and Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.

CEU certificates are awarded following completion of a post-event online post-test and survey. 

To comply with board requirements regarding issuance of CEU credits, attendees will verify attendance and completion by having their tickets scanned at check-in, and by signing out at the end of the day. 

To ensure compliance, please be sure you enter the full name and personal email address for each attendee during checkout. 


Who's coming?

51 people are attending Understanding Historical Trauma & Resilience *New Venue*

Josalan Sullivan Carol Warren-Abbott Kendra Ogdon Mary Vorpahl Lauren Stelflug Debra Wamsley Kimberly Swinson-Stafford Heidi Anderson Ann Brosnan Elizabeth Perrin Dean Gorall Sarah Deacy Emily Clary Melanie Vinton Betsy Heggestad Stacie Counihan judith Heckenliable Marie Michael Katharine Miller Gretchen Rugg MN DEPT OF HEALTH Linda Schroeder Pauline Svare Sylvia Bernal Barb Claridge Leslie Allred Juliana DeMarre Lysbeth Curtis Catherine Alpizar Judith Parr Pang Foua Rhodes Ashley O'Brien Sonya Smith Margaret Benzoubair Carole Pankow Elizabeth Ritzer Therese Petersen Beckie Burmeister John Koska Kaleigh Frey Caitlin Pfaff Liza Chigos Malaurie Gray Marissa Melby Erin McLaughlin Kim Deprenger Leah Tougas John Klem yussuf shafie Dena Warrington Lenore Barsness