(Arapahoe, Wyo.) – Dr. Carrie Johnson will be at Fremont County School District 38 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Jan. 25 presenting Resiliency in the Face of Historical Trauma to all staff.

“Dr. Johnson will provide a general overview of the cultural, social, and historical factors that have had and continue to have a significant impact on the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students,” said Assistant to the Superintendent Connie Gay in an e-mail. “It is imperative to understand and comprehend the socio-historical context of AI/ANs in order to facilitate positive educational change and healing that will be passed on from generation to generation.”

Johnson is from the Los Angeles, Calif., based United American Indian Involvement Inc. The presentation is open to the public. Johnson will review currently demographics and discuss multigenerational trauma cycles as well as mental health issues.

The concept of wellness incorporates the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health of AI/AN people, and will be used as a framework utilizing a community-healing model for understanding how to effectively address the impact of historical factors on AI/AN students. The community-healing model recognizes the strengths and resiliency of AI/AN people and values identity, language, culture, and traditions that can assist in promoting positive changes.

–Fremont County School District 38