The goal of this series is to increase our community’s understanding of trauma & cultural sensitivity, so we can build a more resilient & inclusive community that not only welcomes diversity but embraces the diversity that is already here. And by fostering inclusion & resilience, we know we’re building a strong, productive, and vibrant community.
All sessions will take place via Zoom. Attendees are strongly encouraged to virtually attend all 4 sessions, live. Please let us know if there is a session you cannot attend and we will do our best to make arrangements so you can get the full experience!
This series will be led by Lydia Laythe. Lydia is the Trauma & Addiction Program Coordinator at the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants’ Erie Field Office, the International Institute of Erie. In this role, Lydia serves refugee and immigrant adults, children, and families. She also supports programs around trauma, victims of crime, survivors of domestic violence, and school-based supports for at-risk refugee youth. Lydia earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Edinboro University, and a Bachelor’s degree in the same field from the University of Portland. Lydia worked as a trauma therapist prior to working at USCRI Erie, and is trained in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. As a trauma therapist, she worked with children and adolescents who experienced trauma as well as men convicted of sexual offenses after they were released from jail or prison.
Lydia co-organizes a nonpartisan, civic engagement group called French Creek Indivisible, she helps run social media accounts for a California-based photography series titled “Immigrants are US,” she’s a co-host of the local podcast “Our Erie,” and she is the youngest elected official on Washington Township Council.
The goal of this session is to bring everyone in the community to a shared understanding of the serious mental, emotional, social, and physical impacts of trauma & how to start working with these unique needs to see those who may be suffering silently, encourage & incentivize personal and community resilience, and broaden our understanding of the experiences of others.
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