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Mental Health Summit, 2020: After The TRAUMA, The REAL Battle Begins!

May 4, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm


After The TRAUMA, The REAL Battle Begins

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Greater Omaha Chapter (NC100BW, GOC) presents to you Mental Health Summit, 2020 on May 4, 2020 @ Milo Bail Student Center on the University of Nebraska – Omaha campus. The purpose of Mental Health Summit, 2020 is to bridge the mental health gap between awareness and disparity by providing educational sessions that impact adolescence, adults, families, professionals and the community at large. The training sessions are strategically planned with hopes of minimizing stigmatization and increasing community consciousness associated with the African-American mental health paradigm.

One of the most important growing concerns in our country is the lack of understanding surrounding mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness month. The NC100BW, GOC is implementing our third summit in effort to continue to educate and bring awareness as it relates to community mental health concerns. MHS, 2020’s focused theme is TRAUMA. Trauma is the underlying cause of many of our mental health concerns dating back to our ancestors Trans-Atlantic voyage. It is silently pervasive yet impacting overtly. The summit will address trauma in a comprehensive way, stimulating thought and engaging the audience in processes that affect behaviors which lead to mental health struggles, with trauma being the root cause.

Mental Health Summit, 2020 will overarchingly discuss the trauma subject from an enslavement perspective, knowing that slavery was the catalyst for much of African – American trauma. Who better to broach the subject than the author of POST TRAUMATIC Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, Dr. Joy Degruy.

Ms. Joy Angela DeGruy (keynote) holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication, a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW), a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and a PhD in Social Work Research. Dr. DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher and educator. For over two decades, she served as an Assistant Professor at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Joy DeGruy Publications Inc.

Dr. DeGruy’s research focuses on the intersection of racism, trauma, violence and American chattel slavery. She has over thirty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work. She conducts workshops and trainings in the areas of intergenerational/historical trauma, mental health, social justice, improvement strategies and evidence based model development. Dr. DeGruy has published numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters and authored her seminal book entitled “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing.”

This one day summit will provide one plenary session and nine break-out session options on topics such as Community Trauma Priorities in Working with African Americans (AA), Trauma Research/Assessment and Quality Improvement with AA or Communities of Color, Trauma Informed Care/Adverse Childhood Experiences Focusing on African-Americans, Issues in Caring/Healing for Miltary Veterans and Sexual Assault Victims, Emotional Emancipation, and several other topics too vast to name here.

The primary target audience for this summit is our local Omaha community (adolescence, adults, and families), healthcare providers, nurses, behavioral/mental health practitioners, counselors and social workers. The summit will also offer credentialed continuing education contact hours for mental health professionals, nurses, counselors, drug and alcohol professionals and social workers in the Omaha area. This summit will benefit those interested in learning more about the mental health paradigm and how those concerns impact the African-American community. The conference will also benefit those who have a desire to advocate on behalf of black women and girls.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Greater Omaha Chapter is partnering with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Psychology Department in hosting Mental Health Summit 2020!

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