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System of Care Academy: Historical Trauma in Kentucky & Community-Level Healing

May 8 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm


This interactive session will explore the dual impact of institutional racism and historical trauma on the state of Kentucky. The purpose of this discussion is to outline the mechanisms of historical and intergenerational trauma specific to Kentucky and highlight the community-level interventions that facilitate collective healing and resilience. After participating in this session, participants should be able to define collective, historical, and intergenerational trauma; analyze Kentucky’s historical landscape and determine the root causes of the state’s current health disparities; and conceptualize effective community-level interventions that address historical trauma.

Each year, SOC Academy serves a diverse audience that includes advocates, clinicians, case managers, prevention specialists, peer support specialists, educators, faith-based leaders, psychologists/psychiatrists, child care providers, Family Resource & Youth Services Center staff, juvenile justice staff, family and juvenile services staff, community-based services staff, child welfare staff, public health staff, families and youth with lived experience, interested community members, and more. Last year SOC Academy was offered as a learning series, and it hosted 1438 attendees representing 32 states.

The Academy is convened by Kentucky’s Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Health America of Kentucky.

Continuing education units will be available, pending board approvals, and the website will be updated as approved. American Sign Language (ASL Interpreters) and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available upon request.


May 8
11:30 am - 4:00 pm


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