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First Friday Forum: Trauma Informed Must be Race Informed: Culturally Affirming Mental Health Practices to Partner with Clients, Families, and Communities
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus – Auditorium
700 E 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, February 01, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: First Friday Forums

Trauma Informed Must be Race Informed: Culturally Affirming Mental Health Practices to Partner with Clients, Families, and Communities

Friday, February 1, 2019

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Reception to follow at 12 p.m. in the Founders Hall Reception Area.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

About the Program

This three hour workshop is for human service providers ready to explore the connections between trauma-informed principles, racial trauma, and cultural resilience. The three-hour workshop is designed to cultivate responses to complex questions, including: how do we, as therapists and case managers, develop practices of continuous self-reflection and self-examination, related to our work within and across cultural difference? How can we come alongside our peers and support them in staying connected with “non-compliant” clients? How can we partner differently with clients’ families, so they can support their child within systems of care, even when their own experiences in those systems carry trauma memories?

Through a combination of lecture, video clips, group discussions and partner exercises, participants will be guided how to apply culturally relevant approaches with clients, parents, and other professionals in their mental health practice. This workshop concludes with discussion of barriers and opportunities for implementing culturally affirming practices in clinical practice settings.

A reception will follow the event honoring Thad Wilderson with The John M. Taborn Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology by a Person of African Descent.

This session is at the introductory level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the layers of complexity in helping children of color with racial, generational trauma histories confidently engage in mental health services.
  2. Identify and develop counter-narratives that promote and honor cultural resilience.
  3. Explain knowledge of strategies to engage students and parents using a culturally-affirming lens.

About the Presenters:

Rudy Rousseau, LP, MEQ, graduated from the University of Minnesota, Child Development and School Psychology and is a Clinical Manager at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Mary Her, M.A., LICSW, received a Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota and is a Clinical Therapist at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Cristina Combs, M.A., LICSW, received a Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and is a Senior Clinical Supervisor at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Kofi Services

Evette Farley, M.A., LPCC, received a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University and is a Mental Health Professional at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Chanee Rudolph, Ph.D., received a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling from Saint Thomas Christian University – Twin Cities and is a Mental Health Practitioner – Kofi Services at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

The presenters have reported no conflicts of interest.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Online registration is now closed.

Click here for a PDF Registration Form and Flyer.

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by January 25 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after January 25 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.