Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
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Continuing Education (CEU) Information 

Mental Health America of NKY & SWOH is an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Kentucky Board of Social Work (KBSWSP 202211). 

Applications have been submitted to the following additional entities for CEUs:

  • State Of Ohio Counseling, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Board


Kara Atwell
Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio 

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50% refund by October 17.*
   *May change individual attending at no cost.

Exploring the Role of Intersectionality and Intergenerational Trauma on the Culture of Nondisclosure

Each of our story’s are unique because of our intersecting identities and social positions, which afford us different levels of status, power, and access to resources in different settings. Maureen Walker reminds us that when trying to connect with someone or understand another’s behavior, we must never remove the person from their context. Like a prism frees a rainbow, Intersectionality is a lens that help us see the various interconnections in social categories to explore intricate explanations for all of our actions (Crenshaw, 1989).

Together let’s explore our own intersectional identities and how they impact us in multifaceted ways. Then we will explore different groups’ experiences of society, norms, and expectations as they relate to historical and intergenerational trauma’s influence in creating a culture of nondisclosure. Finally, intersectionality will help us glimpse the complexity of the challenges we face, so we can begin to see the ingenuity of survival skills and the hidden resilience within them needed to move beyond the culture of nondisclosure. 

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and begin to address intersectionality and its impact on those they serve and support.
  2. Identify their own intersectional identities.
  3. Identify the culture of nondisclosure and the role of intersectionality, historical and intergenerational trauma play in perpetuating it.
  4. Identify and enegage the hidden resilience in survival skills to help combat the culture of nondisclosure.


Mary Vicario, LPCC-S, CTS & Veronica Barrios, Ph.D.

Mary Vicario is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor (LPCC-S) and a Certified Trauma Specialist who holds a Certificate in Traumatic Studies The Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute. In 2007, she founded Finding Hope Consulting to address the gap in training available to communities by translating cutting edge relational neuroscience into everyday activities that anyone can use to promote healing, resilience and hope. Through interactive and entertaining presentations, Finding Hope brings the neurobiology of hope to life with a focus on supporting underserved populations and creating trauma-responsive communities. Ms. Vicario’s 35 years experience includes being an educator, counselor, People to People American Counseling Association delegate to China and Mongolia; guest lecturing and participating in a conference on human trafficking in Germany, co-authoring the Foster Parents' Survival Guide, a journal article on Relational-Cultural Play Therapy, trauma responsive curricula for individuals with Intellectual and Development Disabilities (IDD) and a textbook chapter in S. Smith-Adcock and C. Tucker Eds. (2016), Counseling Children and Adolescents: Connecting Theory, Development and Diversity for Sage PublishingEach day, Mary’s father asked her, “What did you do today, to make the world a better place?” She hopes her audiences leave knowing one more way they can do just that.  

Veronica R. Barrios, PHD is a Queer, Latinx, interpersonal violence scholar and an Assistant Professor at Miami University where she instructs courses on Culturally Informed Practice and Interpersonal Violence. Her work is grounded in intersectionality theory, discussing issues around the absence of and need for diversity, practices that limit and create equity, and the need for radical inclusion. Specifically, Dr. Barrios investigates the culture of nondisclosure of violence. Her scholarship is used to conduct trainings for local and national audiences (e.g., practitioners, researchers, educators) on the topics of cultural and trauma responsive strategies for working with individuals across the lifespan.