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Mon, Mar 11


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Cultural Perspectives of Trauma with System Involved Youth

Nola Kesia Brantley & Withelma TiOra “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

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Cultural Perspectives of Trauma with System Involved Youth
Cultural Perspectives of Trauma with System Involved Youth

Time & Location

Mar 11, 2024, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Nola Kesia Brantley & Withelma TiOra “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

Training Description

Given the disproportionate number of youth of color in the foster care and juvenile justice system, it’s imperative for providers, caregivers and natural support people to provide culturally relevant services. This training will explore cultural perspectives on trauma, healing, and resiliency. With a greater cultural understanding of these concepts, providers will be able to increase their engagement with system involved youth and families in more culturally meaningful ways.

Learning Objectives

· Participants will be able to explain at least 2 reasons on why it is important to understand trauma through a cultural lens when supporting system involved youth.

· Participants will be able to identify at least 2 ways culture impacts healing for system involved youth.

· Participants will be able to explain at least 2 ways to facilitate discussions with system involved youth about culture.


1:00-1:10pm  Welcome and Introductions

1:10-1:30pm  Cultural understanding of trauma

1:30-1:50pm  Impact of Culture

1:50-2:10pm  Cultural Perspectives of Control

2:10-2:30pm  Cultural Perspectives of Conflict

2:30-2:50pm  Cultural Perspectives of Life

2:50-3:10pm  Considering Injustices

3:10-3:30pm  Considering Discrimination and Oppression

3:30-3:45pm  Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

3:45-4:05pm  Cultural understanding of healing and resiliency

4:05-4:25pm  Healing Methods Across Cultures

4:25-4:45pm  Cultural and Community Factors of Resiliency

4:45-5:00pm  Questions & Answers/Closing

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!

Withelma TiOra “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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