Violence prevention and Life Skills Program that consists of 7 weeks of 60-90 min sessions. Students will be recruited from prior cohorts of students having just received Emergency Preparedness skills training. After expressing interests in understanding traumas, violence, and ways to reduce/prevent the violence seen most prevalently in their home communities, we will utilize trained mental health professionals to host multiple sessions teaching how to cope with violence in a trauma reducing safe space. Mental health professionals will be present during all sessions for students who may become triggered by content.
Components and Lectures:
- Violence as a Health Disparity: Dr. Selwyn Rogers (Director of Trauma Center) Trauma Informed Care /PTSD : Sonya Dinizulu/ Brad Stohlbach( Director of Healing Hurt People)
- Coping with Trauma: Lauren Jackson/ Obari Cartman (Both Clinical Therapists)
- PTSD and Redirecting Traumas, Coping Via Alternative Methods: (Sports, Gardening, Art, volunteer work around violence prevention, careers in healthcare)
- Violence Prevention, Conflict Resolution and De-escalation Skills: Dre Thomas/ Julian Bonds (Violence Recovery Program)
- Ujimaa Medics Workshop: (Wellness exercises, coping with traumatic experiences, firsthand testimonials and strategies to recover) Martine/Journee/ RJ (Paramedic who witnessed his cousin brought into the trauma center murdered)
- Impact of Nutrition on Violence and Culinary Medicine as a Trauma Coping Activity: Dr. Ed McDonald.
- Sexual Assault/Intimate Partner Abuse and Sex Trafficking Awareness.: Dr’s Sonia Oyola/ Miya Smith (EM Chief)
- Substance Abuse Overview and How Violence is Enhanced by Substance.(personal experiences and testimonials): Quincy Moore/Tanksley MD Financial Literacy and impact on violence