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A Celebration of 

Family, Community, & Culture

Greater Akron Canton Association 

of Black Social Workers

You are Invited

December 31, 2022; 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church

3300 Morewood Road,Fairlawn, Ohio 44333

KUUMBA libations, program, and feast

Desserts provided by OBWLC

The Sixth Principle of Kwanzaa 

(KUUMBA, Creativity)

To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than when we inherited it.



Missy McClain, Presenter

March 8 and April 12, 2022

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church

3300 Moorewood Road, Akron, Ohio

Attendee’s fee is $20

Participation is worth 20 CEU’s

     For scheduling, please contact: Meadow Newton, 330-543-4363, Travel and lodging fees may apply.

     This seminar is currently planned as an in-person event. Masks and social distancing will be the protocol for the day.

     Anyone working with children, e.g., teachers (public and private), counselors, PH.D. social workers, medical personnel, day-care employees, are encouraged to take part in this very informative and dynamic seminar.

An Introduction to Trauma

     This component covers the basics of trauma, what types of trauma students may face, and how trauma can affect a student’s physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities.

90 minutes

Managing Trauma in the Classroom: (Prerequisite: An Introduction to Trauma) 

        This component includes a conversation on trauma focused staff mindset, school and classroom techniques to prevent a trauma-based reaction in the classroom and what to do if a child is acting out in your classroom.

90 minutes

Recognizing Secondary Traumatic Stress and Extreme Burnout

     This component works with the educators to recognize their own compassion fatigue or burnout. It covers techniques for staff to use to relax, keep balance, and continue to help students in need.

60 minutes

Increasing Developmental Assets and Building Resiliency in Children

     This workshop focuses on the strengths of children and how school staff can nurture a path to thriving for all. The workshop uses the Search Institutes 40 Developmental Assets and Sparks to provide a framework for building strengths and resiliency for children.

60 minutes

10 Ways to Connect with Kids

     This workshop introduces the Search Institutes framework for Developmental Relationships. This hands-on session will detail practical tools for connecting with children and give participants the opportunity to practice the tools themselves. 

 120 minutes

An Introduction to Restorative Justice

     This session introduces the concept of the school to prison pipeline, the historic effects of “no tolerance” policies, as well as an introduction to the theory and structure of restorative justice and practices. This session will help school staff think critically about traditional classroom and administrative discipline protocol.

90 minutes

Classroom Restorative Practices in Action: (Prerequisite: An Introduction to Restorative Justice)

     This session provides school staff with the opportunity to practice Tier 1 and 2 restorative practice circles and intervention that turn classroom discipline from just punitive to positive learning and relationship building exercises. 

 4 hours

District Trauma Consultation(Prerequisite: An Introduction to Trauma and Managing Trauma in the Classroom)

     Individual administration, leadership teams, or educator consultation is available for schools that have participated in introductory sessions. This consultation includes voluntary only classroom observation and one to one meetings for strategy building. (Schools must provide a substitute coverage for any teacher requesting a consultation)Details discussed during scheduling

Due to Covid, this adventure is subject to the nation's health status.

Akron Canton Association 

of Black Social Workers



Education by Exposure

Join us for a bus trip to

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

National Lynching Memorial & Museum

     Coach will leave June 13, 2022, from the RSVP store parking lot on South Hawkins at 5:00 am sharp and return late on the night of June 18, 2022.     The nights of June 13 - 17 will be spent at Drury Hotels, Montgomery, Alabama.  A daily, complimentary full breakfast is included.  

     Proof of covid vaccine and booster are required of all attendees. 

     Double occupancy rooms at $500 non-refundable are available.  Payment schedules are available. Please contact Lillie Jackson, 330-999-0312 to reserve your seat or gather more information.  

Sponsored by:


Executive Committee: President--Damon Taylor; 

Vice-President--Steve Arrington; Treasurer--Lillie Jackson; 

Secretaries--Lisa Roebuck and Samuel Prince, 






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