Minnesota Second Chance Coalition



African American Historical Trauma

  • Friday, May 18, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Goodwill Easter Seals, 553 Fairview Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104


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African American Historical Trauma 

Historical Trauma To Healing: Engaging the African American Community


Historical Trauma To Healing: Engaging the African American Community. This training will increase awareness of the link between historical and/or intergenerational trauma, and explore challenges to effectively engage the African American community. It will include foundational information about the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) Study and address the impact of toxic stress on the brain and why culturally sensitive prevention is the most caring strategy we can do collectively and individually.

Presenter(s): Sam Simmons

Sam Simmons, AA, LADC has over 28-year experience as a behavioral consultant specializing in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work with African American males and their families with a focus on addressing chemical dependency, interpersonal violence and historical trauma. He is co-creator of the African American Community of Practice (AACP) aims to increase the capacity and numbers of African American professionals and paraprofessionals to increase culturally sensitive trauma informed resources for the African American community. For over 9 years Sam developed and managed a culturally-specific trauma informed project and curriculum that engages African American males to promote healthy relationships to end violence against women and girls and community violence. Sam is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota. He was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives Best Practices Award for his work with MN Department of Veterans Outreach Services, prison reentry and in the African American community. Sam received the 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma award and the Black Tear Drop Award for his vision and leadership in culturally sensitive trauma informed work in the community and around the country. In 2017 Sam received the Champions for Children Award for his work in making the world a better place for children from the Minnesota Communities Caring for Children. He is co-host of "Voices” radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses issues of the urban community. Sam is co-creator the Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing conference called “Groundbreaking and Visionary”.

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