Trauma & Social Justice Conference

Note: The Trauma & Social Justice Conference will not be held in 2019, as Dr. Berardi (TRI director) will be on sabbatical. This page will be updated with future TRI conference information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience!


Responding to Crimes Against Humanity: The Immigrant Crisis and Its Impact on Local Communities

The 5th Annual Trauma & Social Justice Conference
Friday, September 14, 2018, 9am - 4pm
George Fox University - Portland (Tigard) Center

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Presentation Topics

All the Stars Denied , a reading from Pure Belpré award-winning author Guadalupe Garcia McCall from her new, poignant novel scheduled for release on September 15, 2018. All The Stars Denied tackles the hidden history of the United States and its first mass deportation event that swept up hundreds of thousands of Mexican Americans citizens during the Great Depression.

  State of Affairs : Explore the widespread impact on various immigrant and other vulnerable communities in the Pacific Northwest since the election of the current U.S. administration.

Religion and Bias Against the Vulnerable : Dr. Randy Woodley, renowned Native American author and theologian, unpacks the role of white privilege and its influence on western religious thought and practice.

Direct Service Providers will share about their work, including gains, constraints, and the work yet to be done.

The day will conclude with a relaxation and grounding exercise led by Tracy Sandor, LPC and Trauma-Informed specialist.

participant-working conference* for mental health, education, ministerial, social policy, public health & humanitarian aid professionals serving marginalized populations most vulnerable to chronic stress and trauma.

Check out the full conference brochure here.


8:30am: Check In 12:15pm: Working Lunch
9:00am: Welcome 1:15pm: Session 4
9:15am: Session 1 3:15pm: Break
10:00am: Session 2 3:30pm: Session 5
11:00am: Break 4:00pm: Adjourn
11:15am: Session 3



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Payment Options: Directions for payment are found within the form. Payment can be accepted online, by mail via check, or at the door (cash, card, or check).

*Students: If you are a current Graduate School of Counseling student and would like to attend this conference you may either register at the student rate via the above process or for elective credit by enrolling in TRMA 540 P1 via the registrar. 


Cost: $100 / person.
Group or Student Rate: $80 / person.

Groups: 3 or more people per agency, school, organization employees, or volunteers.
Students: Valid school ID required for conference admittance.

Optional Box Lunch: $10.00 (Regular, Gluten Free, or Vegan options.)

Continuing Education Availability

CE certificates will be distributed. As a department within the School of Education at George Fox University, the Graduate School of Counseling (GSC) adheres to the educational standards set forth by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education . In addition, the GSC has been approved to provide continuing education (CEs) for the National Board of Certified Counselors. The GSC adheres to the continuing education guidelines of these organizations, and maintains responsibility for the program. This program may comply with additional organizations’ CE requirements upon content verification by the participant. Please retain program description and schedule for this purpose.

As an Approved Continuing Education Pr ovider through the NBCC (#4447), the George Fox University Graduate School of Counseling will offer  6.5 CE Hours to participants in this conference, which are accepted by LPC, LMFT, LMHC, and LCSW Boards in  Oregon, Washington, and California.


Conference Organizers

Anna A. Berardi, Ph.D., Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy, & Director of the Trauma Response Institute
Rebecca Hernandez, Ph.D., Associate Provost of Local & Global Engagement, Chief Diversity Officer, Center for Peace & Justice

Trauma & Social Justice Annual Conference

Held the 2nd week of September, the Trauma and Social Justice Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Trauma Response Institute at George Fox University. It is designed to promote and support the work of humanitarian aid, mental health, education, ministerial, and health care professionals dedicated to naming and responding to socio-cultural factors that increase stress and trauma among marginalized and vulnerable populations. Our gathering is a time to share research, programs, successes, and struggles for mutual support and furthering of our work toward building more safe, equitable, and resilient communities.

*What is a Participant-Working Conference?
Come ready to learn and share! The Trauma & Social Justice Conference recognizes that all of us are both learners and experts in effecting change. We strive to further challenge and deepen our work, as well as resource one another through guided discussions, including the sharing of our successes and challenges as new skills or calls to respond are identified.

Contact us at  or  503.554.6065.

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