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Conference Description:
COVID-19, structural racism and significantly increased mental health challenges are three pandemics having adverse impacts on the U.S. population.  Due to well documented historical and current day factors, Communities of Color are disproportionally affected. The development and implementation of useful strategies for effectively addressing the traumatic stress that stems from these concurrent public health crises can be rooted in a consideration of syndemic theory.  The term syndemic, was coined by Merill Singer in the mid-1990s and has been defined as “two or more afflictions, interacting synergistically, contributing to excess burden of disease in a population …one must control not only each affliction but also the forces (e.g. social factors) that tie the afflictions together” (MedicineNet). 

Using this orientation as a framework, the 8th Biennial Trauma Conference will bring together public policy, racial justice and mental health experts in a virtual environment to exchange information and work collectively to identify concrete evidence and practice based solutions for individuals, families and communities dealing with these events


September 30 – October 1, 2021

Registration Fees:

  • One Day ………………………..$175
  • Two Days ……………………….$325

Target Audience:
Mental Health Professionals, Child Serving Professionals and Paraprofessionals, Criminal Justice Professionals, Community Service Organization Professionals, Legislators, Faith-Based Providers, Medical and/or Forensic Professionals, Community Service Providers, Military Providers, Members of Community Organizations, Organizational Leaders, Academic Faculty/Staff

Continuing Education:
Continuing education credits will be provided for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors.  Certificates of Attendance will also be available.

Sponsors and Exhibitors:
Are you interested in being a virtual exhibitor or sponsor for the 8th Biennial Trauma Conference? Please email for more information.

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