TI Task Force in Cuba

Susie Hess, LCSW-IL, Danielle, Brown, LCSW, and Vanessa Peña, MSW, presented in Havana, Cuba at the conference for “Development and Perspectives of Social Work in Today’s World” from June 5-10, 2017. The conference was hosted by the 8th International Congress, 10th, National Congress of Social Work, and 4th National and International Congress of Socio-Occupational Therapy. Though Hess, Brown, and Peña were the only attendees from the United States, approximately 80 other conference attendees came from Costa Rica, Colombia, Perú, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, México, and Cuba.

(L to R) Danielle Brown, Adjunct Lecturer at USC Suzanne Dorwack Peck School of Social Work; Vanessa Peña, TI TF 2017 MSW Intern; Susie Hess, Co-Chair of TI TF; Ellie Guzman, Interpreter

Hess, Brown, and Peña’s presentation entitled “Community Trauma/Community Healing” explored the impact of community trauma and synergistic trauma through the lifespan. Participants learned how emerging knowledge in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology provides opportunities to integrate creative and expressive interventions toward collective healing. Participants learned strategies to engage social workers, service providers, systems, and community members int he transformation of neighborhoods vis a vis trauma informed cross-sectors vested in community resilience building.

Hess is Co-Chair of the Trauma Informed Task Force of Greater LA and Clinical Assistant Professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work; Brown is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and board certified dance/movement therapist; and Peña interned TI Task Force from 2016-2017.

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