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Summer 2014 Anti-Racism Lecture

Healing Trauma, Restoring Community: Trauma, Race and Social Work in the Urban Context

Troy Harden, Ed.D., LCSW

Monday - June 16, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Wright Hall - Weinstein Auditorium

Healing Trauma, Restoring Community: Trauma, Race and Social Work in the Urban Context
Anti-Racism Lecture

Troy Harden, Ed.D., LCSW

This lecture will explore trauma, race, and healing, discussing Dr. Harden’s work with Black youth and adults in Chicago. This includes the Truth n’ Trauma Project, a youth-led, trauma-informed, restorative justice centered program for urban youth. His talk explores race and class and the current narrative surrounding trauma-informed practice, particularly in urban contexts, and how social workers and other practitioners can partner with communities to bring healing and social change.

Trauma-informed interventions are a part of the new discourse concerning treatment interventions for those who are exposed to violence. Although innovative programs are developing, few are culturally-specific, as well as bring in advocacy components for program participants. Most trauma-informed service delivery models are “top down”, where clients are expected to receive clinical services, and outcomes are generated based on performance management goals that often fail to take in account community impact.

Although some of these programs are effective, programs that give participants opportunities to grow, create and advocate for themselves empower those involved to seek diverse healing opportunities that move beyond traditional settings, and serve as a catalyst for community building beyond clinical services. 

Dr. Troy Harden has over 25 years experience serving and consulting in social service, education and community settings. He has worked as a clinician, administrator, educator, community practitioner, and activist concerning community issues. He currently serves as the Co-Director for the Institute for Youth and Community Engagement at Chicago State University and is an Assistant Professor within CSU’s Master of Social Work Program, specializing in youth development and program planning and administration within community settings. His research interests and work include critical urban youth studies, the intersection of education and community and innovative programming, and public health. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago’s Master of Social Work program, and received his doctorate from DePaul University’s School of Education.