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SAT-002: Narrative Storytelling: Uncovering Stories of Resilience & Healing Trauma Through Ancestral Roots

SAT-002: Narrative Storytelling: Uncovering Stories of Resilience & Healing Trauma Through Ancestral Roots

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Althea T. Simpson, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S™

Contact CE Hours: 4

CE Classification: Skills & Methods; Cultural & Social Diversity

This individual session includes session admission, symposium handouts & materials, and snacks & beverages.

Healing trauma through “ancestral roots” in the Black community refers to a therapeutic and cultural approach to addressing trauma by drawing on the wisdom, practices, and resilience of one’s ancestors and cultural heritage. This hands-on experiential session will view this concept through a play therapy lens, recognizing that many Black individuals and communities have experienced historical traumas such as slavery, racial discrimination, and systemic oppression, which can have lasting impacts on mental and emotional well-being spanning generations. This play therapy session aims to equip play therapists and mental health professionals with the knowledge and tools to provide culturally responsive trauma treatment in the Black community. By integrating the practice of play therapy and narrative storytelling to aid in healing trauma through ancestral roots, we can empower individuals and families to heal, thrive, and reclaim their well-being while honoring their rich cultural heritage.

After attending this session, participants will be able to…

  1. Describe the powerful practice of healing trauma through ancestral roots within the Black community.
  2. Describe the significance of exploring cultural roots and discuss the profound benefits of integrating play therapy in trauma treatment for individuals and families within the Black community.
  3. Examine the critical role of cultural competence, sensitivity, and responsiveness in trauma-focused play therapy treatment with Black children and families.
  4. Explain spiritual and emotional healing within the context of mental health treatment.
  5. Describe three key narrative storytelling techniques and their relevance in trauma-focused play therapy to contribute to healing.
  6. Demonstrate effective play therapy treatment strategies using narrative storytelling to help clients process and reframe their traumatic experiences.

*CE Credit for mental health professionals only.

**If you require any specific accommodations to access or participate in any aspect of this symposium, please get in touch with our event organizers no later than July 1, 2024 at

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Date And Time

07-13-2024 @ 01:00 PM to
07-13-2024 @ 05:15 PM

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