African American Historical Trauma
Historical Trauma To Healing: Engaging the African American Community
This training will increase awareness of the link between historical and/or intergenerational trauma, and explore challenges to effectively engage the African American community. It will include foundational information about the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) Study and address the impact of toxic stress on the brain and why culturally sensitive prevention is the most caring strategy we can do collectively and individually.
o Gain a basic overview of the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) Study and the impact of toxic stress on the brain of children.
o Recognize the importance of both practitioners and clients being aware of the link between historical trauma and current challenges to a thriving lifestyle in part of the community.
Presenter: Sam Simmons, LADC
Sam Simmons is licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, who has over 27-year experience as a behavioral consultant specializing in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work with African American males and their families. He is currently SAFE Families Manager at The Family Partnership managing the Be More Project and the culturally-specific trauma informed curriculum Healing Generations that engages African American males to promote healthy relationships to end violence against women and girls and community violence. Sam is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota. He was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives Best Practices Award for his work with MN Department of Veterans Outreach Services, prison reentry and in the African American community. In 2014 he was awarded the Minnesota Fathers & Families Network Excellence in Fatherhood Award for his work to advance fatherhood policy and practice throughout Minnesota. Sam received the 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma award and the 2016 Black Tear Drop Award for his vision and leadership in culturally sensitive trauma informed work in the community and around the country. He is co-host of "Voices” radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses issues of the urban community. Sam is co-creator the Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing conference called “Groundbreaking and Visionary”.