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Thursday June 19, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM PDT
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California Endowment 
1111 Broadway, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607

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Helynna Brooke 
San Francisco Mental Health Education Funds, Inc. 

  Insidious Trauma: An Examination of Race, Trauma and Resiliency


Gena Castro Rodriquez, PsyD, in partnership with San Francisco Mental Health Education Funds, Inc. and Psycho Legal Associates, Inc. is presenting Insidious Trauma: An Examination of Race, Trauma and Resiliency. This training is for those working with adolescents and young adults who are involved in the mental health/health, child welfare, education, juvenile justice systems or other public services. Continuing Education Credits (CEU) will be offered for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs, Psychologists, RNs, CAADAC, CRCs, NRCs and OTs, MCLEs.


Oppression, discrimination, and marginalization are experiences that are pervasive and have a cumulative impact that can affect function, ability and quality of life.  Individuals, families, and communities who manage ongoing stress and strain from racism, discrimination and violence have both risks and resiliencies from these experiences. In this workshop we will explore some of the major theorists and researchers and engage in hands on exercises to further self-awareness and understanding. We will discuss major issues related to race, class, gender and trauma, as well as discuss effective models for implementing cultural humility and responsive approaches to treatment and services.


  • Overview of racial/class/gender orientation and worldview
  • Discussion of racial/cultural identity models
  • Exploration racism, privilege and institutional oppression including microaggressions and white privilege
  • Understanding of stress and trauma including major theories: stereotype threat, insidious trauma, historical trauma and post traumatic slave syndrome, critical race theory and intersectionality
  • Understanding of principles of cultural humility, stage model for treatment and recovery of trauma, race related trauma treatment, post-traumatic growth

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for:

LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs: Course meets the qualifications for up to 6 hours of continuing education credit for as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEs provided by SFMHEF, Inc. and Helynna Brooke (license number PCE5073).

Psychologists: Course meets the qualifications for up to 6 hours of continuing education credit provided by Psycho-Legal Associates, Inc. approved by the American Psychological Association to sponser continuing education for psychologists. Psycho-Legal Associates maintains responsibility for the programs.

Nurses (RNs, PTs, LVNs, HHAs, CNAs): Psycho-Legal Associates, Inc. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 11769. This live course provides six contact hours.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors: Psycho-Legal Associates, Inc. is approved by The California Foundation for Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP), Provider # 1N-96-338-0514, to provide six CEHs per day in Advanced Education for Certified Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADACs). CFAAP is the education board for the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC).

Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCs): This Psycho-Legal Associates course is eligible for approval on a post-attendance basis of six C.E. hours for CRCs certified by the The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs, NCCs): Psycho-Legal Associates, Inc. is approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to provide continuing education to National Certified Counselors (Provider #: 5815)

Occupational Therapists (OTs): This Psycho-Legal Associates course provides six professional development units (PDUs) to OTs who determine that this specific course is related to his/her area of practice. As a reminder, OTs need to complete 24 PDUs of which 50% of the required number of PDUs must be directly related to the delivery of occupational therapy services, while the remaining units (up to 12) can be in other areas related to their practice.

Attorneys: Psycho-Legal Associates, Inc. has been approved by The State Bar of California as a provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education (Provider #: 4521). Each six-hour live program will qualify for MCLE credit in the amount of 5.5 hours. According to the MCLE Provider Press (Spring 2009), an MCLE education program must be directly relevant to active members of the State Bar. The content of the program must enhance the member's professional ability to practice law and be directly relevant to the member's current knowledge of the law, including the obligations and professional standards as a member of the State Bar of California.


Dr. Gena Castro Rodriguez is the co-founder and former executive director of the Youth Justice Institute, a non-profit agency in the San Francisco and Oakland serving youth at risk for and involved in the juvenile justice system through direct services, policy advocacy and training.  Dr. Castro Rodriguez is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has provided individual and group therapy to youth for more than ten years. In her current private practice in psychotherapy she serves children, adolescents and young adults, with a focus on girls and women. In addition, she is a clinical supervisor for non-profit agencies in Bay Area serving child welfare, juvenile justice and criminal justice system youth.  She serves as an expert witness on trauma involved cases throughout the country and provides trauma assessments for children and youth. She has written articles in the areas of mental health treatment, sexual identity, trauma, delinquency and exploitation for young women. Dr. Castro Rodriguez holds a bachelors degree in psychology from Sacramento State University, a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute for Integral Studies, where she is also a Clinical Psychology Doctoral candidate.


  • Conference fee: $30.00 ($40 after June 4th)
  • Conference plus 6 CEUs: $50.00 ($60 after June 4th) 

Payment can be made using your credit/debit card, Paypal or by sending a check made payable to: SFMHEF, Inc., 1380 Howard St. Suite 226, San Francisco, CA 94103. 

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