Facilitating a Full Expression of Resilience:
BIPOC are resilient. In learning how trauma is formed and passed from one generation to the next in our communities, we will understand how to facilitate a full expression of resilience in vulnerable communities. This course takes a deep dive into the reality of flight or fight mode and how many people enduring oppression, discrimination and hate live with a constant flood of stress hormones and what that means for health outcomes and daily functioning. It is a must for anyone working in communities of color.
February 2, 2022
9am-1pm ARIZONA TIME
The Black Woman's Perspective
Since the depopulation of West Africa during the Slave Trade atrocities, Black women served as warriors fighting against the Slave Trade (as depicted in the Black Panther movie), were forced into polygomous marriages to maintain their families on the Continent of Africa, have continued to be subjected to sexual and physical violence which began on the plantations in the new world and have been both mother & father to their children and children of the community. This webinar is ideal for parent educators, mental and behavioral health providers, educators and anyone working to understand and facilitate healing among Black women across the Diaspora.
February 9, 2022
9am-12pm ARIZONA TIME
In Support of the Beautiful Black Man
Black men have always been and continue to be among the most hunted groups around the world. This webinar focuses on understanding the history of black men and how to facilitate healing within the community and around the globe. This course is ideal for parents & caregivers raising Black sons, educators, mental and behavioral health providers, people working in criminal justice and anyone with a desire to facilitate healing in the community.
February 16, 2022
Regaining Your BIPOC Identity; How to Decolonize the Mind & Community
It has been well established that one of the integral steps to facilitate healing in BIPOC is through the decolonization of the mind and the community. Sadly, many people of color are acculturated and don’t know how to regain their original identity. This course helps to understand the characteristics of white supremacy culture, why it is so abrasive to people of color and how to restore traditional practices that are in alignment with BIPOC cultures.
February 23, 2022
Iya Affo is a Culturalist and Historical Trauma Specialist and the founder of Heal Historical Trauma, which offers the only culture & neurology based Historical Trauma Specialist Certification Training in the country. In 2022 Level 1 & 2 are available.
Iya recently completed Dr. Bruce Perry's Neurosequential Model for Caregiving certification. She earned Western Certification as a Trauma Specialist and is a descendant of a long line of traditional healers from West Africa. Iya is a Certified Trauma & Resilience Life Coach, a Practitioner of Trust-Based Relational Intervention and a Certified Adverse Childhood Experiences Trainer. Additionally, she has completed Certification for the Native American based Fatherhood is Sacred/Motherhood is Sacred parenting program.
Iya has visited more than 25 countries around the world and has resided in Native American, Yoruba, Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist communities in various countries. While on pilgrimage in West African, she lived among Medicine Men and Women to learn the ways of the Shaman and understand the truth about the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. In China, she lived in the Shaolin Temple, the cradle of Zen Buddhism, and immersed herself in Chinese culture. After a spiritual calling to India, Iya sojourned in a Hindu spiritual community and lived a minimal lifestyle while imbuing Hindu customs and ideology. Serving Navajo Nation and the Gila River Indian Community, Iya found a home among the egalitarian, indigenous people of North America.
After living abroad for several years, Iya returned to the United States and in December 2018, Native American elders invited her to Toronto, Canada to participate in forming the first Canadian/American collaboration to heal ACES and Historical Trauma. She debuted her presentation of The Symphony of Traditional Medicine and Western Medicine to Heal ACES and Historical Trauma at the 2018 National ACES Conference in San Francisco, California. In collaboration with Governor Ducey’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, Iya created and presented the Historical Trauma session at the 5th Annual ACES Summit of Arizona. She has also presented at the Trauma-Informed Resilient Church conference, the Franciscan Renewal Center, the Native American Disability Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Igniting the Warrior Spirit Conference in the Four Corners area. Iya was a storyteller at the 25th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference in Phoenix, where she also presented a break-out session on Historical Trauma. Most recently, she presented at the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Coalition, appeared at the 31st Annual ATTACh Conference in Phoenix, First Things First's 2021 Summit and for the ACLU's Demand to Learn and Smart Justice's campaigns.
Iya strives to cultivate love and inclusivity. She hopes to facilitate the decolonization and subsequent healing of indigenous people. Iya advocates for the harmonization of Traditional Medicine and Western Medicine to facilitate holistic healing.
Iya is an executive board member on the Arizona ACES Consortium, and serves as the Chair of the Historical Trauma committee. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Arizona Trauma Institute\Trauma Institute International and is the founder of Phoenix Rising to Resilience virtual community on the PACES Connection platform. Iya currently works with families in crisis on the Gila River Indian Community and is the founder of Heal Historical Trauma.
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