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Trauma-Responsive Care with Communities of Color
2100 Building
Seattle, WA
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Hilltop Educator Institute Presents:
Intersectional Trauma-Responsive Care with Communities of Color
Saturday, Nov 14th, 2020
Facilitated by Victoria Romero, Ricky Robertson, and Amber Warner

Location: 2100 Building - 2100 24th Ave South Seattle, WA 98144
Target Audience:
Education professionals (admin, educators, coaches etc.) working with children ages 2-11
Social workers
Professional mentors
Behavioral health service providers (including substance abuse and mental health providers)
Prevention Specialist
Primary Care Professionals (including physicians)
Teams working with clients and communities who have experienced trauma
Community Based Organizations
Service Providers in the Criminal Justice System
Researchers interested in this topic


Trauma can span across generations and settings. Trauma can be Interpersonal and external. Trauma can affect everyone. Trauma impacts entire communities.

Nearly half of all children have been exposed to at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE), such as poverty, divorce, neglect, substance abuse, or parent incarceration.

This interactive workshop shows adults working with children, specifically adults working in urban environments and with children of color from Pre-K to 5th grade, on how to integrate trauma-informed strategies into daily practice through an expanded focus on:

1. The experiences and challenges of students impacted by ACEs, including suicidal tendencies, cyberbullying, and drugs.
2. Behavior as a form of communication and how to explicitly teach new behaviors
3. How to mitigate trauma and build innate resiliency

This workshop is designed with an intersectional (LGBTQ+, SES and Class and Social Work) and racial equity lens to provide adults with a deeper understanding of the impact of childhood trauma on the educational and life experiences of young Black, Brown, and Indigenous Children of Color.  In addition to techniques, strategies, and tools to implement into your environments, adults will also be provided with the tools to support children who have the most need while practicing necessary self-care to continue to serve them.

Why I Should Attend:

As children become more and more exposed to the issue of racism and white supremacy through media, daily experience, and history, they need adult guidance to navigate all of the information and experiences. Youth's resilience and resistance to systemic oppression can be increased by creating an environment that acknowledges the role of systemic racism inside and outside of their homes, community spaces, and schools, and how that is perpetuated by intergenerational poverty, current community unrest, and intentional targeting of young people of color by those in power.

Students cannot divorce themselves from events in their homes or communities simply by stepping into the classroom or community space. This is especially true for students of color who come from communities that experience the effects of historical trauma and ongoing racial injustice. You are in a unique position to open up discussion about these issues, to provide guidance and modeling for constructive expression, and thus create the space for healing-centered engagement. Join us for this session which will be filled with recommendations about how to create safe and welcoming spaces.

About the Presenters

Victoria E. Romero has been an educator for 40+ years. During her time, she has taught elementary students in one suburban and two urban school districts, significantly improved the academic standing of two schools as a principal; and coached administrators, directors, and school leadership teams for sustainable school improvement in five school districts. She facilitates professional development for K-12 teachers on classroom strategies that promote student academic success, infuse multiple perspectives into regular curriculum, and establish classroom management systems that promote autonomy, positive well-being, and resiliency. In addition to this book, Victoria co-authored the Reflection Guide for the third edition of Gary Howards book, We Cant Teach What We Dont Know. She also coordinated two teams of science teachers, one in the US and the other in the country of Namibia. She is currently a consultant for Corwin Press, working once again with her colleague, Gary Howard, bringing his Deep Equity process to school districts around the country.

Ricky Robertson has had the privilege to work with students from pre-K to 12th grade who have persevered in the face of adverse experiences and trauma. He has substantial experience working with alternative and traditional schools within urban, suburb, and semi-rural communities. Drawing from experience as a teacher and Behavior Intervention Specialist, Ricky coaches educators in developing a relationship-based approach to teaching and learning that inspires transformation through compassion, humor, deep listening, and real talk.  As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Ricky provides valuable insight on how trauma intersections with race, class, and gender. In addition, Ricky uses his background in Restorative Justice/Practices, culturally responsive teaching, LGBTQ+ student advocacy, and trauma-informed practices for teaching and behavior management.  

Amber N. Warner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with over 20 years of experience. She has had the privilege of serving as a community outreach case manager (4 years), school social worker (8 years), medical social worker (5 years) , and behavioral health therapist (3 years). As a School Social Worker, in addition to her work with children and their families, she was part of the school wide Modern Red School House Leadership Team and the Positive Behavior Interventions and Systems Team. She facilitated K-6 monthly classroom discussions utilizing Second Step and Character Counts curriculums.  Originally from Seattle, WA but currently based out of California, Amber has led many different studies, projects and studied under legendary, groundbreaking researching, Dr. David Burns  the leading Psychiatrist, and adjunct professor at Stanford University and the developer of TEAM a new form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety.

This event is FREE for for all eligible City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) early learning partners in the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), the SPP Pathway Program, ECEAP and City of Seattle DEEL Early Learning Staff.

Washington STARS hours available - please bring your MERIT I.D. number.

Part of the Hilltop Educator Institute event series. Check out our other events!

The 2019-20 Educator Discussion Series is sponsored by KidsQuest Children's Museum. A big thank you for their commitment to advancing equity, social justice, and partnership within and outside the city of Seattle!

KidsQuest Children's Museum

Thank you to the Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) who has provided free registrations for all eligible City of Seattle DEEL early learning partners in the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), the SPP Pathway Program, ECEAP and City of Seattle DEEL Early Learning Staff for each workshop this year!

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

Many thanks to the Bertschi School. We deeply appreciate your willingness with which you have and continue to sponsor our efforts to make our community a more inclusive place to live in:
The Bertschi School

Many thanks to the Hearing, Speech, Deaf Center whose generous support made this series possible:

The Speech, Hearing, Deaf Center

Many thanks to SEED ECS at Temple Beth AM for your partnership on making our vision of improving equity of outcomes across race and class more achievable:
SEED ECS at Temple Beth AM

Tickets are non-refundable one week before the event date.  Refunds can be requested from Brown Paper Tickets up until one week before the event.  If you become unable to attend the event after the refund deadline, please feel free to transfer your registration to another attendee.  Simply have your guest sign-in at the event using the name given at registration.
Saturday Nov 14, 2020 8:30 AM - Saturday Nov 14, 2020 3:30 PM | Free - $165.00


2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
United States


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