The pandemic has compounded grief and trauma and exacerbated existing historical and intergenerational traumas in many communities. In tandem with this ambient, collective trauma, complex individual trauma continues to occur and reverberate through communities and subsequent generations. COVID-19 has only amplified those traumas that were happening before the pandemic overtook us while piling on what feels for many like a new class of collective grief. The Native American community has been, for generations, grappling with its own collective grief and trauma. In this presentation, presenters share their perspectives on the global pandemic, the trauma endemic to it, and the importance of recognizing the connected relationship between collective grief, intergenerational trauma, and individual trauma. The trauma of sexual violence affects not only those who directly experience it, but also subsequent generations. The presenters will also share components of their “Trauma Rocks” program to address the intergenerational effects of sexual violence. Sexual violence is also a consequence of intergenerational trauma. Statistics show that one in three Native women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. Across the United States, one in five women and one in sixteen men will experience sexual assault while in college. “Trauma Rocks” educates participants on how intergenerational trauma affects the community as a whole. Through a series of guided exercises, participants will cultivate awareness of behavior patterns which may develop as a reaction to this trauma, and that may interfere with their own success. In order to effectively address any of these traumas, practitioners must understand the role of collective grief and trauma in this community as well as the health and emotional risks Native Americans face during this time of pandemic.
Corrine Sanchez, PhD is Director of Tewa Women United and the former Program Manager of TWU’s V.O.I.C.E.S. Program, a cultural and linguistic-based model for responding and intervening to sexual violence in Indian Country for child, youth and adult survivors. Corrine is a Forensic Interviewer with over 14 years of experience in the field.
Corrine founded Brave Voices Forensic Interviewing Program in 2003 in Espanola, NM. She was instrumental in the development and establishment of the Rio Arriba/ Los Alamos/ N. Santa Fe County MDT and the Regional Federal MDT. With over 14 years in the development, coordination and facilitation of multi-disciplinary teams, Corinne conducts training on state, city, tribal, federal and international level on responding to and addressing child sexual abuse, sexual assault, cultural competency/ sensitivity, forensic interviewing, advocacy, mandatory reporting, multi-disciplinary teams, youth development, environmental justice, reproductive justice and the empowerment of Indigenous women and girls. She also helped to create the first co-location site in New Mexico for child sexual abuse investigations.
Corinne is a former President of the New Mexico Children’s Safehouse Network, a former board member of the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Board, a former Chair of the Native American Fund of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, a former Vice-President of the NM Environmental Law Center, and is currently the President of the Native American Children’s Alliance, a national organization, addressing child sexual abuse and promoting MDT development in Indian Country.
Elder Kathy ‘Wan Povi’ Sanchez is a community activist from San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico. Kathy has worked women’s issues related to culture, the environment, and social change for most of her life. She was among the co-founding mothers of Tewa Women United, a group that raises awareness about issues relating to colonization.
Counselors, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, other Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Anyone with an interest in the subject
This course is offered at the introductory level.
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