Be the Healing Conference

March 31, April 1, April 2
Portland State University Campus in downtown Portland, Oregon.

*** The Portland Conference is SOLD OUT ***

The theme of the Be the Healing Conference is “Learn, Connect, and Serve”. Please join me as we learn and explore information related to Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, and the newest research in epigenetics and multigenerational trauma. We will also look at theories and models that inform culturally responsive practice: The Relationship Approach, the Theory of Triadic Influence, and Improvement Science. 


The Be the Healing Conference is an intimate gathering that will help participants evaluate their role in becoming agents for social justice and lasting change and is comprised of:

● Dynamic presentations by Dr. Joy DeGruy

● Group dialogue sessions

● 15.5 Clinical Educational Units from Oregon Chapter NASW

● Community service healing events

We recognize that people experience various forms and levels of oppression on a daily basis, both racially based and based in other targeted identities. However, this space is intentionally being created to focus on African Americans and other people of color in response to  non-culturally responsive institutional and social climates.

We are not seeking to erase any other experiences, and are not ignorant of the reality of intersectionality in forms of oppression, but rather are responding to a specific racially based experience and need.

Who should attend?

Students, professionals and community members committed to:

● Education for all

● The promotion of health and well-being

● Community service


Join us: Be Bold, Be Brave, Be the Healing!


The educational sessions will include presentations and information related to Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, and the newest research in epigenetics and multigenerational trauma. It will also include special screenings of two documentaries:

Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
This documentary examines the role of social determinants of health in creating health inequalities/health disparities (which the film considers health inequities) in the United States. Based on extensive research by a wide variety of academics, public health experts, and medical practitioners, the seven-part series explores how class and racism can have greater impacts on one’s health outcomes than genetics or personal behavior.

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.
This documentary explores how adverse childhood experiences (ACE) can alter brain development and be predictive of future health issues. The documentary also features the work of pediatricians, therapists, educators, and community leaders engaged in a national movement to educate others on the importance of preventing childhood trauma and treating toxic stress as ways to improve the health of future generations.



The Community Healing Event has two components:

1. The Community Healing Session where individuals are able to connect/network and openly discuss trauma, healing and resilience through a facilitated discussion on “How to Struggle Well”.

2. The Service Project. Participants will be encouraged to engage in an organized service project that may include supporting local shelters in serving food, volunteering in a retirement community or handing out food and hygiene packets to our houseless brothers and sisters. The Be The Healing Conference organizers believe that service to community and healing must be demonstrated in practice.


The conference centers on the Theory of Triadic Influence (TTI) and Improvement Science.

Theory of Triadic Influence (TTI) Participants will gain invaluable insight into recognizing trauma, identifying influences, initiating behavior change and promoting resilience on the individual, family and community levels through the understanding and application of Theory of Triadic Influence (TTI), including:

● The seven “tiers” of “causes” of behavior
● The three “streams of influence” Improvement Science

Improvement Science (IS) is a framework that helps to accelerate how we learn to improve. It is a user and problem centered approach to accelerate teaching and learning through action, learning by doing. As the improvement process advances, previously unknown problems often emerge and improvement activities may need to move in new directions. Rapid tests of change are suggested to guide the continued fine-tuning of new tools, processes, roles and relationships. The objective of IS then, is quite different from the traditional approaches that seek to concept proofs. Improvement research, in contrast, is a focused learning journey.

Participants will learn about Improvement Science and its implications for supporting healing initiatives and social justice.