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This month, we focus on collective trauma in primary care: 

                    Teaching Matters

This month's featured interview focuses on collective trauma and the role the primary care workforce plays in screening, training, and education. 

The NCIBH team spoke with Monnica T. Williams, PhD, ABPP, associate professor at the University of Ottawa in the School of Psychology, where she is the Canada Research Chair for Mental Health Disparities and Director of the Laboratory for Culture and Mental Health Disparities. 

Read the full interview...

"A collective trauma is a traumatic psychological experience shared by a large group of people that can include an entire society. These collective traumas can afflict large cultural groups, and some examples of this include the trauma of slavery in the United States, the Nazi Holocaust, and genocide of Native Americans.Traumatization from these experiences is passed down as a cultural trauma, and this is slow to heal when aspects of the trauma are ongoing in the form of oppression and discrimination. It is important for all medical professionals to understand the potential of collective traumas to cause or exacerbate mental health problems in afflicted groups. This should be a required facet of mental health training, both in the classroom and clinic, and also a part of coursework in social determinants of health."
-Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., ABPP
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor
University of Ottawa, School of Psychology

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With support from Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the Health Federation of Philadelphia is offering buprenorphine waiver training and a two-part medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) preceptor program for primary care providers to improve their ability to treat opioid use disorder in primary care settings. This includes introducing the concept of medication assisted treatment to primary care teams, providing waiver training to primary care providers, and offering a range of support activities for providers to increase their skills and improve treatment delivery. All programs are accredited for CME and are online.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Americans are required to stay home to protect themselves and their communities. However, the home may not be safe for many families who experience domestic violence, which may include both intimate partners and children. To help families and communities address intimate partner violence and child abuse health concerns, please review SAMHSA's Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19.


July 10
MAT Waiver Training for Primary Care Providers
What: Online Course | Website

July 14-15
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Board Exam Study Course
What: Online Course | Website

July 28 - August 6 
Academy Health's Annual Research Meeting 
What: Virtual Conference | Website

September 3-5
Mental Health America 2020 Conference COVID-19, Mental Health, and the Need for Equity

Where: Washington D.C. l Website
September 11
Half and Half MAT Waiver Training for Primary Care Providers
What: Online Course | Website

October 8-10
Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) Conference Strengthening Integrated Care to Meet Complex Needs
What: Virtual Conference | Website
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