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2023 Session #4: Tracing the Trauma Thread from our Ancestors to Present Healing

February 9, 2023 1:00pm-2:30pm

Relationships can cause trauma and at the same time relationships can heal trauma. How we engage with the world is developed by the relationships we experience starting before birth. How has the unconscionable and inhumane act of slavery in US history impact the bodies and brain development of enslaved Africans and their descendants across generations? Let’s talk about how trauma moved through their bodies, homes and communities, and left its mark on their children. How can we heal from historical trauma and achieve wellness?

Presenter: Carlian W. Dawson, Ed.D.

Carlian W. Dawson, Ed.D. has more than 40 years broad-based experience as a teacher, principal (retired), associate professor, director of diversity for a major land grant university and a non-profit director. She develops and facilitates training for educators and business professionals at every level.
Dr. Dawson has invaluable experience as one of the developers and Master Trainer-of-Trainers for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) for the AZ ACEs Consortium and the Neurosequential Model for Caregivers (NMC) with the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers.

A graduate from Grand Canyon University, Dr. Dawson also has two Masters’ Degrees from Arizona State University in Multicultural Education and School Administration and, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Illinois State University. She’s been married for 37 years to Roy and they have 7 children, and 9 grandchildren.

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