NW Children’s Foundationpresents the 2022 Forum
Buffering Intergenerational TraumaChild Well-Being and Community-Based Resilience
On-Demand Recording of February 1, 2022 Event
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“If we carry intergenerational trauma (and we do), then we carry
intergenerational wisdom. It’s in our genes and in our DNA.” – Kazu Haga
Kandace Thomas, MPP, PhD
Benjamin Danielson, MD
Opening Remarks and
We are thrilled to present Dr. Kandace Thomas as a featured speaker for the 2022 NW Children’s Foundation Forum. Passionately committed to her work at the intersection of research, policy, and practice in the field of early childhood and infant mental health, her focus is squarely on racial and social justice. Dr. Thomas is nationally recognized for her innovative work in child development, diversity-informed practice and mindfulness. She brings an array of strength and community-based research and practices to support children and families ‒ and those who work with them.
Dr. Thomas shines the light on the concept of “buffering” intergenerational trauma, expanding on the perspective that trauma and wisdom are imprinted from one generation to the next. She describes trauma that happens outside as well as inside the home – and how trauma can also be created and shaped by society, impacting segments of our population disproportionately. Sharing her newest research along with easy-to-implement techniques that benefit all of us, Dr. Thomas’s approach to healing is refreshing, practical and holistic.
Dr. Danielson, fierce community and child advocate, will speak to the strengths and abundance – too often ignored – that are intrinsic to communities. His keen ability to look deeply and provide context for our current experience is always inspiring. He will be joined by a multicultural panel of leaders in a dynamic conversation about community-based resilience and practices.
Shivon Brite (Nakota), MBA
Kristina Lovato, PhD, MSW
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