Responding to Community Trauma with Socially Relevant Trauma Informed Approaches

Presented by: K-Rahn Vallatine

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
9:00am to 11:00am
(two contact hours)

The Guidance Center, 2nd Floor Training Room
1301 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813


Cost: $30


TGC Staff, trainees and Interns: Free 


Studies such as the Center for Disease Control & Prevention/Kaiser-Permanente ACE study show that childhood adverse experiences can have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration and lifelong health and opportunity. Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential, and early death. It is undeniable that youth are being exposed to trauma at an alarming rate. It is important that professionals who serve communities enduring community trauma understand how trauma may be the source of problematic behavior. This workshop focuses on translating theory of complex trauma in a way that provides actionable results on behavior by connecting urban cultural experiences to social emotional states and the resulting values and behaviors within gang and drug impacted communities.  This anthropological, trauma-informed training will explore the effects of Hip Hop, governmental policies, socioeconomic realities, psychological and neurological factors, and our own biases have on the evolution of today’s urban youth culture.  It is furthermore important that professionals on both the macro and micro level also be aware of the trauma informed care framework and equipped with socially relevant and practical trauma informed approaches. When addressing challenging behavior, Trauma Informed Care asks the question, “What happened to you?” instead of the question “What’s wrong with you?” There will be an emphasis on understanding the effects of community trauma on students and culture. This session also overviews the social context of gang and drug impacted communities and offers practical, social relevant trauma informed approaches to youth engagement


  • Name at least three ways to engage more effectively with youth growing up in gang and drug impacted communities.
  • Describe why so many youth place such little value on education and employment.
  • Describe the cultural effects of community trauma


Licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers who want learn about how to respond to complex trauma often found in urban youth in a culturally informed manner.  Unlicensed and trainees are also welcome to attend though program content will be at the postdoctoral/post-licensure level. 


K-Rahn Vallatine has dedicated his life to encouraging at-risk youth to make healthy life decisions. He also serves diligently to educate service professionals on urban culture, community trauma and trauma informed care, while creating educational resources that help effectively engage this population.  K-Rahn insists that effective youth engagement requires professionals to properly gauge and address the social and emotional needs of the student.

As a training consultant, K-Rahn has worked tirelessly to support his mission through staff training and school curriculum development, as well as public speaking.  He is the author of the Live Above The Hype Hip Hop Life Skills Curriculum™, a curriculum that addresses goal setting, critical thinking and self image to stimulate in-depth self-reflection and positive value shifts in gang and drug-impacted communities.  “The most motivating force a person can have is clear purpose.” He is also the developer of the nationwide Urban Youth Culture Competency and Engagement™ training system and the author of his latest book Beyond The Crack Generation: Surviving A Trauma Organized Culture.

K-Rahn has years invested working professionally with incarcerated youth in the juvenile halls and detention camps of Los Angeles. He has been a presenter and keynote speaker for various state, national, and international conferences.  In addition, he has hosted several university lectures and professional developments for thousands of youth service professionals.  Throughout the years, he has worked in education as a teacher, as well as a Board member for a San Gabriel Valley charter school, has sat on the steering committee for the Trauma Informed Taskforce of Greater Los Angeles and currently serves as the training manager for Five Keys Schools and Programs. 


The Guidance Center is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Guidance Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) accepts programs offered by approved APA sponsors of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed clinical social workers.


There is no commercial support for this CE program and there are no known conflicts of interest.  Mr. Vallatine does have a commercial interest to advertise his published books and curriculum at the training, but The Guidance Center does not receive any financial benefits. 


For additional questions regarding this training, please contact the program administrator, Dawn Vo-JutabhaPh.D. at