Understanding the Traumatic Experiences of Puerto Ricans in Colonial Context

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Date(s) - Aug 8
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

CCSU, Vance Academic Center, Room 105


“Say it soft and it’s almost like praying”
Understanding the Traumatic Experiences of Puerto Ricans in Colonial Context

August 8, 2019
Central Connecticut State University, Vance Academic Center, Room 105, New Britain
(please use 146 Paul Manafort Drive, New Britain for GPS and the Vance Garage for parking)

8:30 to 9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00 to 12:00 Panel Presentation & Discussion

This workshop combines research on trauma, resilience, and practice wisdom with findings from an ongoing community based participatory research project with Puerto Ricans who migrated to Connecticut after Hurricane Maria in October of 2017.  The presentation’s title references the music and lyrics of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s song “Almost Like Praying” reflecting the spirit of Puerto Rico and the hope, strength, and spirit of unity offered to those affected by the tragedy.

Anthony De Jesus, EdD, MSW, an Associate Professor of Social Work and Equitable Community Practice at the University of Saint Joseph, will serve as leader and moderator for the workshop.  F. Taina Amaro, LCSW, the owner of Harmony Health, LLC and an Adjunct Professor in the MSW Program at the University of Saint Joseph, will present on specific adverse childhood experiences and reactions to natural disasters and political conditions that spur migration causing individuals to confront a new set of adverse experiences in a new and often unwelcoming environment with economic challenges and linguistic and institutional racism.  Reinaldo Rojas, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Central Connecticut State University, will follow with the preliminary findings of an inquiry with Puerto Rican families who relocated to Connecticut including how they experienced their reception in Connecticut, the barriers they confronted, the resources that aided them, and the recommendations they offer to improve the process.

Approved for 3 Cultural Competency CECs
Costs:  $10, students; $30, NASW Members; $55, Not yet Members