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MWP Conversations: Healing Trauma

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First Unitarian Society

900 Mount Curve Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55403

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The MWP Conversations series is about using the power of women to shift narratives and effect change. At our January 15 event, we bring together personal storytellers, scientific experts, and women trained in mental health fields to offer insights into why trauma is a pervasive community issue that affects all of us, and solutions that are proving effective but haven't been discussed widely. The goal is to leave the session with connections and next steps that broaden support around trauma-informed community and policy.


Social connections and conversations: 30 minutes

Visit tablers, register, and enjoy water/tea/coffee/wine and appetizers.

PRELIMINARY OUTLINE

Opening Session: 1 hour

A conversation with neuroscience and epigenetics experts, youth who have experienced racism and violence in the community, members of the Native community, innovators who are healing from sexual assault, addiction, and domestic violence, about:

1. BRAIN SCIENCE: How do adverse childhood experiences interfere with brain development, leading to long-term trauma that is often not diagnosed or treated?

2. INHERITANCE: What is generational trauma and how is its impact felt?

3. HEALING: How are trauma survivors exploring new pathways to healing?

Mingling, food, and music: 45 min

Tablers, buffet food, and entertainment.

PRELIMINARY OUTLINE

Breakout Session: 1 hour

1. The Science of Trauma: What is NEAR science and what is it telling us about how neuroscience, epigenetics, adverse childhood experiences, and resilience are intertwined? A panel discussion about the science of trauma.

2. Recognizing the Impact: Why trauma is not ‘something in the past to forget about.’ A moderated conversation among trauma survivors.

3. Breaking the Chain: How can the effects of trauma be mitigated? A panel discussion about less traditional solutions that might deserve more conversation. What is the measurable impact of companion animals, EMDR therapy, EEG neurofeedback, yoga, or meditation?

4. Talking Addiction: What does the science of addiction tell us, and how can we use that information to help de-stigmatize the issue? What are new treatment methods?

5. Meditation Space: A quiet room for meditative contemplation, along with art therapy, and a written explanation about why both options work.

Concluding Group Conversation: 45 min

A summary of breakout discussions led by moderators, and a conversation about solutions for healing that participants would like to raise awareness about in the wider community. What are next steps in legislative action participants can take? Suggestions for how to support the healing of trauma as a societal concern, not simply an individual-by-individual mental health issue.

Resources for exploring NEAR science will be provided in greater detail.

Thanks to our event partners for helping MWP Conversations happen!

• St. Catherine University

  • St. Joseph of Carondelet Ministries Foundation

  • First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis

  • Venerable Women


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