Friday, November 6, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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Kara Atwell 
Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & SW Ohio 

CEU Information (More to Come)

  • Kentucky Licensure
    • Mental Health America of NKY & SWOH is approved by the Kentucky Board of Social Work, approval number KBSWSP 2019054.
    • Kentucky Certified Peer Support Specialists
  • Ohio Licensure
    • Mental Health America of NKY & SWOH is approved #RCST111001 by the State Of Ohio Counseling, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Board as a sponsor for continuing education for counselors, social workers and marriage and family therapy.
    • Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board Sponsored approved course provider.
    • Ohio Peer Supporters

Building Resilience and Cultural Humility by Recognizing and Addressing Stereotype Threat and Implicit Bias 

We know trauma and toxic levels of stress affects the brain, body, and behavior. Current research is demonstrating its influence on our genetic code through gene expression (epigenetics). Research demonstrates that toxic stress disproportionally affects individuals in marginalized groups through stereotype threat and implicit bias. Join us as we explore resilience based, trauma responsive, interventions that can be done even on the fly and have a positive impact to help develop cultural humility, resilience and culture shifts by identify and addressing the unseen messages we all live with driving implicit bias and stereotype threat.  


Bias is universal and ubiquitous. When individuals and organizations begin the process of becoming more aware of the effects of bias, it can be challenging to navigate the conflicting feelings, beliefs, and ideas that emerge. Informal conversations with colleagues can help build an understanding of the complexities of prejudice yet can lead to complications due to organizational culture, hierarchy, and relationships. Beyond establishing or improving a commitment to diversity, bringing in a professional facilitator provides the much- needed opportunity to hold a microscope to an organization's culture; a magnifying glass into the true nuts and bolts of any company: the people.  

This introductory training is an opportune way to best support participants in learning the language and skills to support ongoing culture shift and self- awareness. This training will have a specific focus on how unlearning bias can better support communities.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to identify and address:

  1. Stereotype threat and how to address it
  2. The epigenetics of trauma and how to address it
  3. Interventions that can be applied on a single contact with trauma survivors
  4. Our multifaceted identities and the narrative lens
  5. Intention vs. impact
  6. Tools for uncomfortable conversations when narratives are challenged


Mary Vicario LPCC-S

Mary Vicario is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor (LPCC-S) and a Certified Trauma Specialist with over 30 years’ experience working with trauma survivors of all ages and ability levels and training on trauma informed care nationally and internationally.  She has been a People-to-People delegate to China and Mongolia with the American Counseling Association and guest lectured and participated in a conference on human trafficking in Germany.  She holds a Certificate in Traumatic Studies from Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute and has also been honored with a CASA award for cooperative casework.  As a former teacher, clinician and clinical director and now as the founder of Finding Hope Consulting, LLC, Mary has many years’ experience working with trauma survivors, addictions and training.  Receiving ongoing training at international conferences and Harvard Medical School since 1992, she has been bringing home to Ohio the latest in neuroscience and trauma research to create cutting edge training and programming for individuals of all ages and ability levels and the systems that work with them.  Ms. Vicario is a trainer and coach for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program and co-authored the Foster Parents' Survival Guide, a textbook chapter in Counseling Children and Adolescents:  Connecting Theory, Development and Diversity by Sondra Smith-Adcock and Catherine Tucker Eds through Sage Publishing, and other trauma informed articles and curricula.  She has been an expert witness on abuse since 1989 and worked with Hamilton County Courts for eight years creating cross system care for the 300 most challenging youth in the county.  Mary is a proud recipient of multiple grants to further develop and link trauma informed care across systems and communities in Ohio and is honored to provide Trauma Responsive Care Certification through the Tristate Trauma Network for anyone working with trauma survivors.  

Luna Malbroux, MSW 

As an experienced facilitator, educator, and leader on creating inclusive spaces, Luna is able to adaptively support organizations and individuals who are hungry to explore personal and organizational biases.  With a background in using empathy and personal narrative to help build consensus, she is eager to guide organizations in building more authentic inclusivity to cater to the needs of staff and clients.  As the lead trainer of Queen City Certified and Storytelling Project Manager for Family Equality Council, she works to advance LGBTQ+ narratives and representation in the media.  With a master’s in clinical social work and international welfare from Columbia University, Luna combined that background with advanced training from Race Forward and other anti-racist institutions to advance training  that continues to push forward on new and re-discovered ways of changing systems of discrimination and cyclical oppression.  She is a former Director of the Education for Anti-Defamation League Central Pacific Region (Northern CA, UT, HI) and has over ten years’ experience servicing clients such as the YMCA and Girls Who Code.  As a frequent featured speaker at colleges, universities, and conferences Luna loves to explore how art, humor, media, and dialogue can be used to challenge the notion 'impossible'.