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Historical and Racial Trauma


This training was originally presented on

November 9, 2022

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This training will provide an overview of both historical and current day racial trauma, including how they affect child and family outcomes. Participants will engage in in-depth discussion about specific experiences that are shared by entire communities and that can result in cumulative emotional and psychological wounds that are carried across generations. An in-depth discussion about historical events as the root of multigenerational trauma also will be a part of the training. 


Learners will:

  • Describe historical and racial trauma, including causes and symptoms
  • Explain the attachment cycle and how it plays out within a variety of settings
  • Identify strategies to help children and families heal from historical and racial trauma


Who should attend: All staff of family resource center (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other child- and family-serving organizations.



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Dr. Jen Neitzel is the Executive Director of the Educational Equity Institute, which is focused on eliminating the educational and opportunity gaps within communities through systems level change. Prior to this work, Jen was a Research Scientist and Technical Assistance Provider at FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill for 15 years. During her time at FPG, her work focused on implicit bias; disparities in suspensions and expulsions; trauma; and culturally responsive anti-bias practices. Jen presents frequently at state and national conferences and is widely published in peer-reviewed journals. She also is the author of the book Achieving Equity and Justice in Education through the Work of Systems Change. Jen also is the co-editor and author of the upcoming book, Handbook of Racial Equity in Early Childhood Education (Spring 2023).



Justin Perry is the founder of Perry Counseling Healing and Recovery PLLC, where he specializes in treating individuals who struggle with shame, insecurity, and personal relationships. He has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma, and/or are managing mental health and substance use disorders. Additionally, he has provided trauma- informed training for teachers, administrators, and support staff at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Perry earned a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology as well as his Master’s in Social Work, all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Executive Director, Educational Equity Institute



Facilitator, Educational Equity Institute