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Tue, May 17


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Evidence-Based Somatic Strategies to Heal and Prevent Vicarious Trauma for System Involved Youth and Families

Nima Novak

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Evidence-Based Somatic Strategies to Heal and Prevent Vicarious Trauma for System Involved Youth and Families
Evidence-Based Somatic Strategies to Heal and Prevent Vicarious Trauma for System Involved Youth and Families

Time & Location

May 17, 2022, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Nima Novak

Training Description

The effects of vicarious trauma have been shown in research to cause very harmful consequences to those experiencing them. In this 2-hour training, the presentation will include definitions, research about using polyvagal theory to heal and prevent vicarious trauma, an introduction to the neuroscience of nervous system and brain chemicals, and strategies to implement with system involved youth or those who support them. Participants will explore and understand the negative impact of vicarious trauma and gain increased self-awareness about vicarious trauma in order to support improved outcomes for system involved youth through increasing nervous system regulation and deepening self-examination of their own behavior. Learning activities will include: self-reflection, storytelling of real life examples, large group exercises, and participant question time.

Learning Objectives

● Identify and define 2 major nervous systems and its functions

● Learn about the window of tolerance and increase awareness of how dysregulation can affect system involved youth

● Name and describe the polyvagal theory and strategies for nervous system regulation


12pm-12:15pm  Welcome, Introductions, and Expectations

12:15-12:20pm  Vagus Nerve Bi-Lateral Eye Movement Technique

12:20-12:45pm  Definitions & Functions:

● Parasympathetic Nervous System

● Sympathetic Nervous System

● Window of Tolerance

● Interoception

12:45-12:55pm Breakout Rooms & Group Share

12:55-1:05pm  Definitions & Functions:

● Brain Chemicals

● Vagus Nerve

1:05-1:15pm Break out Room & Group Share

1:15-1:25pm  Putting it all together & how to schedule

1:25-1:30pm  Break out room

1:30-1:45pm  Sleep Hygiene, Zoom Fatigue

1:45am-2pm  Questions & key take aways & course evaluations

Meet Our Trainers

Nima Novak is an Indigenous Speech Language Pathologist from the Mohawk Tribe of the Iroquois Nation. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology. She has worked extensively in marginalized communities, specifically in Oxnard with Indigenous preschool population and on the west side of Chicago, where she has seen first hand the negative effects of trauma on speech, language and fluency development. She is currently studying somatic therapies, Polyvagal Theory, Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) and Reiki to promote healing across the communities she serves, with the intention of loving kindness for all. Her focus on evidence-based practices and empirical research serves to bridge the worlds of healing and science which are often relegated to different categories. Nima’s holistic approach of resilience and education teaches how research-based mindfulness practices can be used to manage trauma in the body for both her students and colleagues experiencing the effects of secondary trauma. She is dedicated to empowering her students and all womxn to pursue their passions through the cultivation of resilience and self-worth. In her school based speech therapy and basketball coaching Nima takes a trauma-informed approach to support BIPOC and all students at every level.

Nima is an advisor on Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Board and mentor's current students at California State San Marcos in the Students of Speech & Language, Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Group. For her anti-racism work, she has been featured in Vice Magazine,, The Community Psychologist Special Feature, Authority Magazine and Thrive Global Magazine. She is a contributing founder and author of the anti-racism work group Living in Empathy. Nima has been featured in interviews on Evergreen State College, Educators for Justice IG live, SLPs Of Color IG live, the SLPs of Color podcast, the FAACT podcast and the Breaking Down Podcast. She has presented as a keynote speaker for The Rainbow Project, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Chicago Minds, Women Trans Femme Bike Group, Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op, University of St. Agustine Health Sciences, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Northwestern University.

This course meets the qualifications for (2.0) BBS CEUs for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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