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Raising HOPE by Learning to Wipe Away the Unseen Tears - Part I
NACS/YWCA
Buffalo, NY
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Raising HOPE by Learning to Wipe Away the Unseen Tears - Part I
"RAISING HOPE BY LEARNING TO WIPE AWAY THE UNSEEN TEARS"

A TWO-PART CONFERENCE TO HELP UNDERSTAND AND MOVE BEYOND THE INTERGENERATIONAL IMPACTS OF HISTORICAL TRAUMA ON NATIVE AMERICANS

Presented by:
NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY SERVICES OF ERIE AND NIAGARA COUNTIES, INC.

With support from:
THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR GREATER BUFFALO

This registration is ONLY FOR PART I, which is JUNE 20-21, 2011 and features Jane Middelton-Moz who is an internationally known speaker and author, with over 25 years of experience in consultation, training and community intervention. Ms. Middelton-Moz has served on the Board of NACOA (National Association of Children of Alcoholics) and the Advisory Board of NANACOA (National Association of Native American Children of Alcoholics). She has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and has held numerous direct service, management and executive positions in large non-profit corporations and community agencies.

She is recognized for her work in the areas of adult children of alcoholics, multi-generational grief and trauma in individuals, families and communities, ethnic and cultural awareness, anger, cultural self-hate, differential diagnosis, values in the workplace and in families, empowering employees and creating positive work place environments.

Ms. Middelton-Moz has appeared on national television shows including Oprah, Maury Povich, and Montel Williams, on the Discovery Channel and has had her own PBS special. She has also been quoted in US News and World Report and The Washington Post business sections on issues related to the high cost of negativity, bullying, mobbing and unhealthy anger in the workplace.

She is the author of Children of Trauma: Rediscovering Your Discarded Self, Shame and Guilt: Masters of Disguise, Boiling Point: Dealing with the Anger in Our Lives, Boiling Point: The Workbook, Welcoming our Children to a New Millennium: A Daybook of Hopes and Wishes for the Future, Values from the Front Porch: Remembering the Wisdom of Our Grandmothers and co-author of: After the Tears: Reclaiming the Personal Losses of Childhood, Bullies: From the Playground to the Boardroom  Strategies for Survival, The Ultimate Guide to Transforming Anger: Dynamic Tools for Healthy Relationships.

Ms. Middelton-Moz's presentation will be based on her workshop "FROM LEGACY TO CHOICE: Healing the effects of Generational Trauma and Effects on Individuals, Families and Communities."

Background:
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When generational traumas, such as war, genocide, oppression, poverty, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, death or loss of parents or siblings, residential schools, and institutionalization, alcoholism, and substance abuse, are not grieved and healed by individuals, families and communities, the effects of unresolved trauma are carried into the next generation.  Individuals suffer from anniversary dates, cultural identity, low self-esteem, hypervigilance and inability to perform healthy relationships.  Families have communication breakdown, increased domestic violence, shaming and sexual abuse, with healthy rituals for grieving, celebration, and rites of passage being lost.  Isolation builds between family members.  Community members begin to isolate from one another and frequently experience increased apathy, substance abuse, trauma and suicide epidemics among the youth.  Signs of lateral violence such as family feuds, religious wars, competitiveness, gossip, and bloodism develop between members of the community, furthering the isolation and preventing steps toward healing.

When communities begin to understand the effects of generational trauma, a process of validation and healing can begin.  Individuals, Families and Communities can begin a process of empowerment and recovery.  In this workshop the effect of generational trauma will be explored as well as the resiliency of individuals, and the steps necessary for comprehensive healing.

The focus of this workshop will be on finding the path to begin healing for local Native American populations impacted by historical trauma, especially from boarding/residential school experiences: understanding the effects of trauma, feeling the pain, reconnecting with the strength of community and validating the strength of culture and resiliency in Individuals, Families and Communities

OBJECTIVES:

1. To understand the effects of generational traumas on individuals and communities.

2. To explore the dynamics of oppression as foundations of addictions, domestic violence, apathy, anniversary cycles, learned helplessness, loss of ritual, and lateral violence.

3. To explore unhealthy community norms that has developed as a result of historical trauma.

4. To explore healthy resiliency characteristics that are present in individuals and in the community.

5. Steps in rebuilding healthy communities  breaking the cycle of dysfunction and reconnecting the hoop.
 
GOALS:

1. Present historical origins of dysfunction and self-hate in communities

2. Present the effects of historical trauma and oppression on individuals, families and communities.

3. Explore healthy and unhealthy norms existing within communities.

4. Exploring interventions and steps in rebuilding healthy community.

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PART II** of the conference will be in Niagara Falls, NY from July 20-22 and will feature Don Coyhis, Founder and President of White Bison, Inc. who has offered healing resources to Native America since 1988. White Bison offers sobriety, recovery, addictions prevention, and wellness/Wellbriety learning resources to the Native American community nationwide.

** There will be a separate payment and registration process for Part II!!!

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NACS/YWCA
1005 Grant Street
Buffalo, NY 14207
United States


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Education > Workshops

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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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