Presentation on healing after violence, trauma

CHAMPAIGN — The ACCESS Initiative will host a community presentation tonight (Tuesday, July 30) focusing on what heals people, especially young people, affected by violence and trauma.

It will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C, in meeting rooms A and B.

The presentation will be led by Dr. Lee Underwood, a clinical psychologist and national juvenile justice expert, the organization said.

The ACCESS Initiative is aimed at community work with youths, families, providers and funding sources to improve programs and services for youths impacted by trauma and those disproportionately impacted by child services, the justice system and various other disparities, says Karen Simms the group's training and technical assistance coordinator.

Through the session tonight, she says, the organization hopes to broaden the public conversation about how trauma has contributed to violent behavior in the community.

By trauma, she includes such things as child abuse, shootings and other violent behaviors.

Underwood's research has looked at what communities can do along the lines of prevention and identifying risk factors, Simms said.

The presentation is being provided as part of National Minority Mental Health Awareness month.

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