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Introduction to Trauma Informed Engagement and the Anacostia River

  • Anacostia High School - Library 1601 16th Street Southeast Washington, DC, 20020 United States (map)

Capacity Building Workshop Series: Meaningful Engagement in Anacostia Park

This workshop will feature an introduction to trauma-informed community engagement led by experts from the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Lunch will be provided.

Many residents of the Anacostia Watershed have experienced trauma or experience it on a regular basis. Trauma-informed engagement is an approach to relationship building that recognizes that residents of low-income communities live with daily stressors of violence and poverty that stem from historic and structural conditions of racism and disenfranchisement. The practice calls for programs and practices that addresses these traumas so that they can generate viable and sustainable community change (Urban Institute).

Participating in this free training will help your organization improve the quality and impact of your services, increase participation in programs, enhance engagement, and avoid staff burnout and turnover. Participants will build their capacity to engage with communities that have the most to gain from the many valuable benefits that parks, programming and being outdoors can provide.

This event will also feature time to network with other organizations working in the Anacostia Watershed to share updates about your upcoming programs or events and brainstorm possible future collaboration.


Anacostia High School - Library

1601 16th Street SE

Washington, DC 20020

This event and others in the series are hosted by the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative, a network of organizations dedicated to enhancing the value and positive impact of Anacostia Park for Ward 7 and 8 communities. This workshop series is part of the Collaborative’s programming outreach and engagement working group and the network’s initiative to create a community-based vision for the Anacostia River corridor.

This event is made possible by the National Park Foundation and the Conservation Fund.

Earlier Event: September 16
11th Street Bridge Park Tour
Later Event: September 24
Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting