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Thu, Oct 19


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Healing Shame with Trauma Survivors

Nola Kesia Brantley and Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

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Healing Shame with Trauma Survivors
Healing Shame with Trauma Survivors

Time & Location

Oct 19, 2023, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Nola Kesia Brantley and Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

Training Description

This 1-day training will provide an overview of the intersection of shame and trauma. Trauma survivors carry heavy burdens of shame that impact all aspects of life. Despite how prevalent shame is amongst foster youth, it’s rarely discussed. This training will focus on strategies to heal shame with system involved youth and young adults who have experienced trauma. Participants will also learn about self-compassion and strategies to practice self-compassion when supporting system involved youth and young adults who have experienced trauma including Foster Youth and Commercially Sexually Exploited Children.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to identify at least 2 factors contributing to the shame trauma survivors experience.

2. Participants will be able to describe at least 1 way system involved youth tend to respond when they experience shame.

3. Participants will be able to identify 3 components of self-compassion at least 1 strategy to increase their self-compassion within efforts to support system involved youth.


1:00-1:15pm Trainer and Topics Introductions

1:15-1:30pm It starts with me: self-care

1:30-1:45pm What it means to be fully alive

1:45-2:00pm Embracing our own stories

2:00-2:15pm Describing shame

2:15-2:30pm Layers of Shame

2:30-2:45pm The experience of shame

2:45-3:00pm Exploitation and shame

3:00-3:15pm Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

3:15-3:30pm Responses to shame

3:30-3:45pm Trauma and shame

3:45-4:00pm Healing shame

4:00-4:15pm Self Compassion and Trauma

4:15-4:30pm Practicing self compassion

4:30-4:45pm What can we do

4:45-5:00pm Closing (Questions & Answers)

Meet Our Trainer

Nola Kesia Brantley, CEO & Founder of Nola Brantley Speaks has become nationally recognized as a powerful Survivor voice for the issue of child sex trafficking through her moving and information packed public speaking. Her hard work and perpetual vigilance has brought both focus and concrete resources to this chronically underserved and largely unrecognized population of victimized youth. Nola’s approach aims to be holistic!

T Ortiz, A.K.A. Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, is an international Anti-Trafficking Activist and Foster Youth Advocate. Beginning her work in Oakland as an Inaugural WestCoast Children's Clinic Y.A.P. advocate and a co-collaborator and leader during the inception of M.I.S.S.S.E.Y, advocating for

Measure Y funding, and keynoting Alameda County's first HEAT conference. T is a leading force in advocating for the civil and social rights of all people, with

specialized expertise in highlighting the intersectionality between the child welfare system and domestic child sex trafficking. Her Federal work was vital in

the passing of The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and The JVTA (Justice For Victims of Trafficking Act). In 2021, she was Honored

by NCMEC (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) as a “Hero Award” Recipient. In 2020, she was awarded “The Last Girl Award'' from Apne Aap

International (India). In 2014, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the world”, a TIME Magazine “30 under 30” in 2013, and a

GLAMOUR Magazine “Woman of the Year '' in 2011. Her work has influenced many organizations including The United Nations, Google, The U.S. Congress,

The White House, The American Bar Association, The Aspen Institute, and The Johns Hopkins Institution. Notably, she has led a TEDx talk on Exploring

Sexuality after Trauma. She has successfully petitioned the Associated Press to utilize practices conscious of survivor trauma and circumstance with her

#NoSuchThingAsAChildProstitute Campaign. T is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Morgan State University holding a degree in Strategic Communications.

This course meets the qualifications for (3.75) BBS CE hours 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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