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Reimagining Communities:
Using Trauma-Informed Practices
to Build Safe Spaces and Systems that Heal

November 12, 2020

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Monique Fletcher, MSW | email: mfletcher@childrensaidnyc.org
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Staff Development Coordinator, National Center for Community Schools at Children’s Aid

Monique R. Fletcher is currently is working with the National Center for Community Schools at Children’s Aid to provide training and technical assistance around a variety of topics in the cultivation and strengthening of systems to support effective and responsive community schools as a Client Engagement Associate. Prior to this role Ms. Fletcher led an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the US Department of Education with a focus on increasing family engagement and leadership across four campuses, which consists of nine schools, in the South Bronx. Previously the Community Executive Director at Say Yes to Education in Syracuse, NY, Ms. Fletcher has held leadership positions in not for profit management, program design, implementation and partnership development at Westside Community School Strategy, P.E.A.C.E., Inc. and Syracuse Housing Authority. As an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University Falk College School of Social Work, she taught graduate courses in both Social Welfare Policy and Human Diversity. Ms. Fletcher served on the Board of Directors or Trustee at the Gifford Foundation, Downtown YMCA, Contact Community Services and Child Care Solutions in Syracuse, NY. A graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Missouri, Ms. Fletcher has a MSW from the School of Social Work at Falk College in Syracuse. NY.


Pre-Session Resources:

  • Let’s Hear From the Doctor! – As we think about developing trauma informed practices, let’s hear from Dr. Nadine Burke Harris as she outlines how trauma impacts health outcomes across a lifetime. This video will help us understand Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and how important it is for communities to develop a movement to create safe spaces that heal.
  • Radical Listening – Want to know what to do today to listen and learn from communities during this traumatic and difficult time? Try radical listening as a practice of how to listen to build trust and understanding.
  • Healing Centered Engagement – Let’s continue to think through our understanding of trauma to center healing in our engagement

Session Resources:

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Books and Articles Referenced:

    • Aydin, C. (2017). How to Forget the Unforgettable? On Collective Trauma, Cultural Identity, and Mnemotechnologies, Identity, 17:3, 125-137
    • Menakem, R. (2017). My grandmother’s hands: racialized trauma and the pathway to mending our hearts and bodies. Las Vegas, NV: Central Recovery Press.
    • Wolynn, M. (2016). It didn’t start with you: how inherited family trauma shapes who we are and how to end the cycle. New York: Viking.

Online Resources Referenced:

Additional resources from session participants: 

Shared by Joshua Steinfield
It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

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