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Historical Trauma and Mental Health

Event Date:

January 28, 2021

Event Time:

3:00 pm

Clinicians need to be able to recognize and respond to treatment challenges and strengths present, perpetuated, and exacerbated by historical trauma. The interactive webinar is designed for clinicians to enhance their delivery of trauma-informed treatment with people of African descent and born in America. Professional development in trauma-informed care for mental health professionals is imperative for successful implementation of treatment modalities and engagement. This is especially true for cross-cultural treatment and communities with experiences of historical trauma.


Webinar participants will be able to integrate trauma-informed care into the practice of treatment conceptualization, treatment planning, and client engagement. Following the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Realize the widespread impact of historical and complex trauma within racially segregated communities.
  2. Recognize trauma responses disguised as common treatment challenges, unhealthy interpersonal skills, and other mental and health symptoms such as, but not limited to attrition, interpersonal violence, aggression, avoidance, minimization, resistance, co-dependency, opposition, shame, etc.
  3. Respond with neurobiologically-informed techniques to widen client window’s tolerance, reduce mental health symptoms, and promote healing.
  4. Resist re-traumatization with use of client and family strengths, awareness of relevant cultural history, and trauma-informed treatment, programming, policies, procedures, etc.

Student discount and sliding scale discount available. Please contact us at for details.

Workshop participants who opt to receive CE certification, please select the CEU option. This workshop fulfills requirement for 1.5 CE credits. CE sponsorship is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), credits are applicable to LCSW and transferrable to LCPC in Illinois. If you have a different licensure or are licensed outside of Illinois, please check with your licensure body before purchasing.

About the Speaker

Worsham El, LCSW, CFTP 
Co-Founder of Lotus Trauma Care, LLC, Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago

Training, teaching, and providing therapy are callings and passions of Worsham El. With over 13 years of experience, she wears many hats as a Co-Founder and CEO of Lotus Trauma Care,  Trauma Therapist, Trauma Consultant, and Adjunct Professor and Field Consultant for the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Worsham El has worked in the fields of education, domestic violence, outpatient mental health, substance use, and child welfare.

She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Trauma Family Professional (CFTP). Worsham El received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, with a concentration in child and adolescent development. She received her Master’s in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, specializing in the treatment of complex trauma. She is passionate about educating professionals on the impact of complex trauma and has trained over 500 professionals in trauma-informed care. 

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Event Schedule Details

  • January 28, 2021 3:00 pm   -   4:30 pm
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