Tracey Taldon, LICSW, founder of Wellness for Our Future, LLC, licensed in the state of Massachusetts. I'm a first generation Haitian-American, working in this field for over a decade. My work focuses on relational issues, struggles with cultural conflict, PTSD, depression and anxiety amongst adults and adolescents. With a passion to support the underserved and communities of color, WFOF will always pride itself for practicing with cultural knowledge, consideration and responsiveness. Hobbies include my family, friends and working out.
Day 2 Session 4C: NORMALIZE IT: Supporting the Healing of Trauma within communities of Caribbean and African Descent
First generation Americans of Caribbean and African descent share many similarities within their culture and upbringing. There are common themes when we are uncovering/identifying trauma within the work, that often tie back to their culture. To have so many cultural norms also be identified as being traumatic, have been life-changing for many. The work then becomes reconciling some of the unresolved feelings, addressing guilt, promoting forgiveness and then promoting communication in order to NORMALIZE these conversations within our families. We hope to increase mindfulness around these traumatic experiences and continue the conversations in order to break these generational cycles. We work to empower folks to be able to choose which aspects of their culture they would like to continue to push forward and be able to create new ones in addition. There are many issues that come up within this work: identity struggles and self-esteem, internal conflicts with their culture, ongoing relational struggles with family members which can lead to various mental health struggles/symptoms. This session is about how to extend culturally responsive care to this population.
ClinicianFest By The Numbers
ClinicianFest is a 503c organization. Proceeds from ClinicianFest are used to fund the co-pays of those in need of mental health services but unable to afford such services in their entirety. We partner with over 216 vendors, agencies, private practitioners, and community support programs to support aid in communities with scarce mental healthcare access and resources. To date, we have assisted over 1100 clients in getting the care and aid they need on their journey.