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“Some change is just about being brave enough to get out of the box.”

September 19th - Day One

“Trauma Informed Care: “A Change in Perspective”


William Kellibrew IV


William Kellibrew IV is an international advocate for civil, human, women, children and victims' rights. He is a sought after motivational speaker on issues related to trauma and recovery, trauma-informed care and has extensive experience around public policy issues and campaigns. He also consults with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Center for Trauma Informed Care and the Office for Victims of Crime’s Training and Technical Assistance Center.

“ Codependency and the African American community”

LaDonna Redmond, community activist/writer/motivational speaker


LaDonna Redmond, community activist will explore community codependency through an examination of her mother’s life. She will discuss the link between historical trauma and codependent traits displayed in the community like difficulty identifying feelings, constantly searching for acceptance, putting others needs before theirs or expressing negativity or aggression in indirect and passive ways. Also, she will examine the principle of Al-Anon as a promising practice to be considered by the community.

The Family Partnership Video: Mentoring 

Film and discussion with Sam Simmons

“The Invisibility Syndrome: 

impact of racism on health”

Curtis W. Marshall, MS, Public Health Educator/Consultant with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health


Curtis W. Marshall, MS, Public Health Educator will give an overview of the lifecourse perspective to create an understanding of the implications of racism on the health outcomes of the African American community.

““Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences: Reclaiming Resiliency”

Samuel Simmons, Jr., LADC, Behavioral Consultant and Conference Organizer


Sam will explore the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and historical trauma as it relates to the African American community. He will discuss how the ACEs Study and the research on the effects of toxic stress on brain development can be used to help African American families overcoming barriers and build resilient, healthy stronger families and communities.  

September 20th - Day Two

“Trauma Informed Care: A Change in Perspective”

William Kellibrew IV

William Kellibrew IV will conduct a training on fostering and sustaining trauma-informed communities. He consults with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Center for Trauma Informed Care. 

“Exploring Recurrent Violent Trauma, Linkages to Care and HIV Risk Related Behaviors among African-American Men”

Dr. Joseph Richardson and Dr. Christopher St. Vil will discuss a current study examining the experiences of young black male recidivists who have been admitted to a trauma unit for violent injury.

"Banning the box from your mind”

Justin Terrell


Justin Terrell, Justice 4 All Program Manager will conduct a training on advocacy and the power of people to address the social inequalities.

“Pimpology: Sex trafficking and the African American Community” 

Artika Roller & PRIDE team

Artika Roller the Program Director and the PRIDE team will conduct a training focus on the sex trafficking in African American community.  Also they will examine the history pimping in the African American community and the relationship to trauma.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”  ~ Victor Frankl

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