Trauma, Education and Resettlement Conference

The Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment, with co-sponsors MN Coalition for Battered Women, Asian Women United of MN and African Immigrants Community Services, is holding an all-day conference focusing on Trauma, Education and Resettlement issues.

Workshops are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)!

Who should attend? 

Workshops are for mental health practitioners, domestic and sexual violence advocates, youth workers, social workers, social justice advocates and others working with refugee and immigrant populations.

Anyone interested in the following topics should join:

  • immigrant and refugee issues

  • trauma-informed services

  • humanitarian aid

  • youth and women services

  • prostitution and human trafficking 

  • strategies for healthy families

  • and crisis intervention methods


Mary Jo AvendañoPsy. D., L.M.F.T., LICSW, L.P.C.

Topic: Therapeutic Alliance and Affect Regulation: Respecting a client's culture and system of beliefs to promote family self-efficacy

Hanin OmranCommunity Solutions Fellow from Syria, Former Project Director of SOS Children's Villages, Youth Peace Trainer

Topic: Working with internally displaced families and street children in war zones

Sipra JhaHouse of Peace Shelter Director, Asian Women United of MN

Topic: No Home To Return To: Strategies for crisis intervention and support services for sexually trafficked refugees

Alejandro Maldonado, M.A., C.C.P., C.H.I., President of Avante-Enterprises

Topic: The Immigrant Adolescent: Ambiguous journey, trauma, and recovery

This event is sponsored by