How do we practice trauma-informed care while engaging the complexity of our client’s social identities? How do we work effectively across identities while skillfully navigating systemic dynamics and challenges? What is the role of shame in trauma and healing? How do we effectively engage anger, rage, and grief in our clients? What cultural values are at play within ourselves and our clients and how do we attune to and engage these values to create healing relationships? How do we do all of this sustainably?

In this course, we will be exploring the implications of social identity (race, class, gender, gender identity, sexuality, age, etc.) on trauma. Additionally, we will explore the critical need to identify and attune to cultural values present within our clients, our systems, and ourselves. We will examine the use of integrating approaches from fields such as psychology, sociology, and anthropology as a clinical practice/tool that honors the impact of one’s identities and culture on their mental health and trauma. This workshop will introduce participants to specific tools and frameworks through which they can evaluate their own practice and their client relationships, so as to ultimately serve our clients and communities most capably.


After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explore frameworks to conceptualize and navigate the complex intersections of mental health, trauma, social identity, and culture
  • Conceptualize interventions through a holistic approach so as to best engage mental health and trauma through a social identity and culturally responsive lens
  • Practice assessing and applying applicable mental health, trauma, mindfulness, and inter-cultural frameworks to clinical and organizational scenarios

Key Benefits

Up to six (6) CEUs are available for attending this workshop approved by the MN Board of Social Work. 

For participants needing clinical clock hours (CCH), this workshop meets the following requirements, as defined by the Board of Social Work: 

  • Clinical intervention methods informed by research and current standards of practice: 2 CCH
  • Social work values and ethics, including cultural context, diversity, and social policy: 2 CCH
  • Culturally specific clinical assessment and intervention: 2 CCH.

This workshop is open to all interested practitioners. 
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