About the webinar

Level: Intermediate

The experience of trauma is unique and diverse and no two people will be impacted in the same way. Just as the experience of trauma is diverse so too are the people who have trauma histories. A person’s identity, experiences, and the way they move through the world are impacted by oppressive systems and racism. Acknowledging that the experience of racism is a traumatic experience, this course centers on the experience of black, indigenous, and persons of color (BiPOC) and how through anti-racist and anti-oppressive trauma-informed approaches housing and service providers can begin to disrupt oppressive practices.

This course will actively encourage participants to explore how their own privilege and power will impact their relationship with the people they work with. Participants will learn skills for evaluating practices and policies and identify ways to provide culturally appropriate services and embed anti-racist practices.

In this webinar will help you to:

  • Develop an understanding of historical trauma caused by systems and institutions

  • Recognize how bias (implicit and explicit) impacts how services are delivered and how to minimize bias

  • Identify ways to integrate anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices into your work

  • Understand the impact of historical trauma and intergenerational trauma on BiPOC persons and BiPOC communities

  • Develop strategies for evaluating the impact of organizational policies and practices from a racial equity perspective


SPM Kevin James

Kevin James has nearly ten years of diverse experience exploring the intersection of housing, homelessness, and behavioral health and each system’s impact on the overall wellbeing of our displaced neighbors. Mr. James comes to CSH from providing training and technical assistance at Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Homeless and Housing Resource Center, co-developing and leading the HMIS Learning Community for State PATH Contacts. Kevin also has experience supporting the capacity-building efforts of local behavioral health authorities on effective interventions, considerations, and policies on operationalizing quality supportive housing programs and support services. Mr. James developed the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Guidance Document for OhioMHAS’ street outreach programs, as well as contributed to the production of the Quality Housing Criteria set forth by OhioMHAS, which addresses the programmatic and environmental structures of supportive housing and recovery housing programs when applying for capital funding. At CSH, Mr. James leads projects throughout Texas that help local communities strategically plan and implement quality supportive housing, as well as provides training on behavioral health disorders.

Program Manager Maya Saxena

Maya Saxena (she/her) is a Program Manager on the National Consulting Team at CSH. She is a social worker who believes that access to and equity within services and supportive housing are essential. She spent many years working directly with individuals experiencing homelessness and knows that to achieve true access and equity, those who are impacted by our systems must be the ones leading our work. Maya has her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago and enjoys interactive trainings that spark new and exciting thoughts and ideas.

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