Black and Native American Mission Office: Healing Trauma’s Narratives with Faith, Hope, and Charity

13 Jan 2021 1:13 PM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

Black and Native American Mission Office: Healing Trauma’s Narratives with Faith, Hope, and Charity
Presented by Robin Treptow PhD, and Fr. Maurice Henry Sands
Saturday, April 24th, 10:45am CST

This dyad of presenters will use their joint expertise to first name racism and its health effects rooted in historical trauma, and then introduce mission-centered Catholic-Christian advocacy, theory, and practice for healing racism and its grave effects. We will offer research, theory, and tools that attendees can use to become aware of their own biases in order to better help the vulnerable. We will speak culturally-congruent ways to intervene, e.g., culture, nature. Further, CEO of the Black and Native American Mission Office, Father Maurice Henry Sands, will speak to the Church’s work to heal traumas passed from parent to child over successive generations. Participants will leave enriched with data about racism’s costs, advocacy mindset, and culturally apt tools for intervention, e.g., immersion in God’s creation as restorative to physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.

3 Objectives to be Learned During this Presentation. 

1. Describe a model of racism’s deceit, and list three ways historical trauma affects wellbeing. 

2. Apply mission-centered Catholic-Christian advocacy, theory, and practice as tools for healing to racism’s effects.

3. Name two changes they will make in their clinical or ministry work by integrating a mission/advocacy mindset with scientific data, i.e., faith and reason, to help heal intergenerational trauma due to racism.

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Dr. Robin Lynn Treptow holds doctorates in clinical psychology (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1999) and infant and early childhood development (Fielding Graduate University, 2019). She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Divine Mercy University in Sterling, VA. Her research has focused on impacts from implicit bias by healthcare providers and early intervention providers on babies’ growth and development.

Father Maurice Henry Sands is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit. He serves as the Executive Director of the Black and Indian Mission Office in Washington, D.C. Fr. Sands is a full-blooded Native American, belonging to the Ojibway, Ottawa and Potawatomi tribes. Fr. Sands’ home is Bkejwanong/Walpole Island First Nation, unceded Indigenous territory, which is located one hour north of Detroit at the mouth of the St. Clair River. Fr. Sands had a career in accounting and corporate banking prior to his studies for the priesthood. He has worked to assist Native Americans in differing facets of life his entire adult life.

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