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2021 Institute for Social Healing Virtual Conference: Understanding Trauma, Understanding Healing

Conference Date: May 7th 2021
Proposals Due April 1st

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On May 7th 2021 the Institute for Social Healing and the Mid-Atlantic Council on Family Relations will be bringing together researchers, educators, policy makers, practitioners, community leaders and students for the presentation of research, sharing of ideas and holding space for open dialog on topics related to the broad concept of social healing. May is National Trauma Awareness Month. 

Social healing frameworks view large-scale social challenges, conflicts, inequities and injustices from a paradigm of collective wounding and trauma. This virtual symposium will focus on the interconnectedness of our lived experiences. We will explore the intersect between individual and family trauma and healing with societal level challenges, values, policies and practices. As stated by trauma expert Judith Herman, “Traumatic events overwhelm the ordinary systems of care that give people a sense of control, connection, and meaning.” This symposium will focus on identifying the nature and impact of potentially traumatic conditions and preventing their occurrence; identifying, building and expanding individual and collective resilience; and identifying and expanding compassionate systems of care, practices and policies. In doing so, we hope to share information that will support individuals, families and communities in developing a greater sense of control, connection and meaning and to support a healthier, more just, safer and more compassionate society.

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of society”. Dr. Martin Luther King JR

Symposium Objectives

• Identify the nature, prevalence and possible impact of individual-, family- and community-level trauma
• Describe the intersect between individual and family trauma and community/societal challenges and conflicts
• Describe the nature and identify examples of trauma-informed/sensitive and or healing-centered practices and policies
• Describe the role of social systems in promoting healing
• Identify and describe peace-building initiatives
• Discuss the application of individual-level trauma-related theories, such as poly-vagal theory, to organizations or communities

We will consider proposals for a broad range of topics including but not limited to:

• Trauma
• Trauma-informed/sensitive practices and policies in schools, health care, human service settings, corrections, victim services, mental health, addiction treatment
• Healing-centered engagement in practice
• Trauma-informed states and communities
• Adverse childhood experiences
• Adverse community experiences
• Sources of resilience across the life span
• Community peace-building initiatives
• Ethical and effective teaching strategies related to trauma and healing
• Restorative justice practices
• Racial justice
• Disability justice
• Economic justice
• Food justice

Please submit proposals by April 1, 2021, for full consideration

Proposals will be considered for the following formats:
Individual presentation (10-15 minutes)
Panel* presentations and discussion (10-15 minutes per discussant; up to 3 discussants; plus time for questions and answers)
Practitioner round table* facilitated discussion (10-15 minute presentation of information followed by 3-5 discussion questions facilitated by a York College representative; one hour total)

*Panel and round table proposals should be submitted by one representative on behalf of the group

Research presentations in individual and panel formats will be recorded and posted the Institute for Social Healing Resource Hub.

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