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Seeing Through Indigenous Eyes: The Science of Surviving Colonialism

Event Date:

April 14, 2021

Event Time:

4:00 pm

Have you seen the terms Generational Trauma, Land Back, #MMIW, and are wondering what does that mean? How does that relate to my clinical practice? How does that apply to my clients?

You want to expand your tools and strategies to work with clients with generational and environmental trauma.

You’ve heard about the mascot issue, sexy Pocahontas and cultural appropriation, but you don’t understand how it impacts Indigenous safety/mental health/wellness or how to stop it or how to support Indigenous people in these efforts.

You want to learn about the research how generational trauma and current society impacts Native wellness and mental health outcomes.

You want to help, advocate and support Indigenous people, but don’t know how or where to start.

You want to feel EMPOWERED to support and heal relationships with your Indigenous students/clients/peers/friends to build a better future for us all!

If this is you, join alongside Nima Novak, a compassion-based SLP and somatic coach, as she tells her story of being an urban modern Native American woman. This workshop will be a live storytelling webinar where Nima will offer mind-body support while she weaves Native history, Native current events, her personal story and research to tell her story of resiliency. Included in the webinar, there will be space to integrate, further education resources provided, anti-racism action items, evidence based practice strategies and tools to use in your client sessions.

All are welcome!

About the Speaker

Nima Novak, M.S., CCC-SLP

Nima Novak is an Indigenous Speech Language Pathologist from the Mohawk Tribe of the Iroquois Nation. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology. She has worked extensively in marginalized communities, specifically in Oxnard with Indigenous preschool population and on the west side of Chicago, where she has seen first hand the negative effects of trauma on speech, language and fluency development. She is currently studying somatic therapies, Polyvagal Theory, Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) and Reiki to promote healing across the communities she serves, with the intention of loving kindness for all. Her focus on evidence-based practices and empirical research serves to bridge the worlds of healing and science which are often relegated to different categories. Nima’s holistic approach of resilience and education teaches how research-based mindfulness practices can be used to manage trauma in the body for both her students and colleagues experiencing the effects of secondary trauma. She is dedicated to empowering her students and all womxn to pursue their passions through the cultivation of resilience and self-worth. In her school based speech therapy and basketball coaching Nima takes a trauma-informed approach to support BIPOC and all students at every level.

Nima is an advisor on Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Board and mentor’s current students at California State San Marcos in the Students of Speech & Language, Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Group. For her anti-racism work, she has been featured in Vice Magazine,, Authority Magazine and Thrive Global Magazine. She is a contributing founder and author of the anti-racism work group Living in Empathy. Nima has been featured in interviews on Educators for Justice IG live, SLPs Of Color IG live, the SLPs of Color podcast, the FAACT podcast and the Breaking Down Podcast. She has presented as a keynote speaker for The Rainbow Project, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Chicago Minds, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Northwestern University.

Nima offers accountability, consultation and training in somatic work and anti-racism work. 


Instagram: @nima.novak



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Event Schedule Details

  • April 14, 2021 4:00 pm   -   5:00 pm
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