Understanding Trauma and Resilience from Scholars who were Previously Incarcerated

A Healing-Centered and Trauma-Informed Approach to Building Community

3 CE Credits - $60

Instructors: Susan Hess, MSW, LCSW-IL and Yehudah Pryce, MSW

Course Description

This webinar is for mental health professionals who are interested in understanding trauma and resilience on a deeper level and for those who are interested in supporting participants who were formerly incarcerated. The vast majority of such participants have experienced prior trauma, which is compounded by the trauma of incarceration itself.  Exposure to trauma increases the likelihood of future criminal behaviors, arrests, imprisonment, recidivism, and additional trauma.

It is critical that mental health competencies go beyond an individual level and address needs at the system and organization levels. Participants will benefit from professionals who develop a social justice alliance, in which a healing-centered and trauma-informed lens is practiced. Social justice activism can transform traumatic experiences into transcendent narratives that engender healing. Via storytelling, this webinar will explore how Unchained Scholars, a group of formerly incarcerated MSW, DSW and PhD students have contributed to their own healing and liberation by building awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion in an educational institution.

Elevate You CE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Elevate You CE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The great news is that most states allow Licensed Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists to gain credits from APA approved sponsors. If you are unsure if your state does, just reach out and we will let you know.

Educational Objectives

  1. Identify SAMHSA ’s six trauma-informed principles and their application to dismantling policies and procedures that stigmatize community members who were formerly incarcerated.
  2. Describe collateral consequences faced by returning community members with lifetime traumatic experiences during reentry (3-4 months after release from incarceration ) and post-incarceration (5 months or more after release).
  3. List two effective interventions when working with community members during the reentry and post-incarceration phases.
  4. Identify the principles within healing-centered engagement and their application when supporting participants who were formerly incarcerated.


First Half

  • Dismantling barriers faced by participants impacted by the “criminal punishment system” through a Healing-Centered, Trauma-Informed lens.
  • 15 – Minute Break

Second Half

  • Healing through activism; Unchained Scholars

Developed by Susan Hess, MSW, LCSW-IL, Yehudah Pryce, MSW and Jane Beresford, PsyD

Instructor Pryce


Instructor Hess