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9/12/2019  |   1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   |  Cascade C

Culture and Advocacy: Ending Violence with Our Communities (ideally 2 sessions)

Violence affects communities of color and other marginalized groups at disproportionately high rates in our communities. Systemic and historic barriers often stand in the way of these populations getting or asking for help in standard ways. Community based education, advocacy, intervention and therapy relies on values, traditions and language that is familiar to survivors of family and partner violence when they need that sense of familiarity the most. These sessions (2) will introduce multiple community based advocates and therapists who work alongside their community members to ensure safety and connection, as well as discuss best practices for working with ethnic and other marginalized communities to end family and intimate partner violence. Session 1 will introduce the presenters and/or their agencies and outline the work that community based advocates do. Session 2 will focus on similarities and differences in the work community-based and system-based advocates do, focus on meaningful culture based interventions, education, therapy and ways of collaboration for advocates who are not members of these communities.

Kristina Groves (Primary Presenter), Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, kgroves@iwic.org;
Kristina Groves, LCSW, (Ute/Hopi/Chinese) graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Sociology and a Master of Social Work. Kristina has worked at the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake (UICSL) since 2008 as an intern, contractor and full time staff in both the Cedar Point Wellness and the Red Mesa Counseling program. She is currently a therapist with Red Mesa Counseling at the UICSL and an adjunct instructor at the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. “Because I did not grow up with many of the issues that my other Native family did, I always felt a sense of responsibility to work with my people. Working with Native clients has helped me see the ways that mainstream substance abuse treatment and mental health therapy do not always work for our population. I has also come to understand the significance of culture and spirituality to Native clients and the importance of a holistic approach to health and wellness.”

Susi Feltch-Malohifo'ou (Co-Presenter), Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources (PIK2AR), susi@pik2ar.org;
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Karla Arroyo (Co-Presenter), Multicultural Counseling Center, admin@mccounseling.com;
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