Sue Marasco

Sue Marasco

Sue Marasco

Sue Marasco is Director of Education at the May Dugan Center in Cleveland where she established a trauma-informed learning environment using published best practices and outcome-based measurements. 240 individuals a year enroll for basic literacy, test-preparation, and job-training programming with trauma-specific services. Collaborating with community agencies, we have developed a network of care for our most vulnerable community members.

Presentation:  Understanding Trauma and Resilience in the LGBTQ and PLWH Community
Day: Thursday
Time: Breakout Session 3
Where: Conference Theatre

Presentation Description:
LGBTQ PLWH is a special population that provides unique opportunities to engage with an ongoing experience of trauma recovery. May Dugan strives to provide trauma-informed safety for its clientele, education for the community, and advocacy for individuals with a myriad of social service, legal, medical, and professional needs. The LGBTQ community has a rich history of developing resilience, support systems, and networks of care for protection as well as nodes of liberation. They also have to combat the prevalence of addiction, suicide, homelessness, harassment, discrimination, and assault. Cutting across race, ethnicity, socio-economic, and geographic boundaries, the LGBTQ community is multi-dimensional; yet, inadequate language and restrictions on freedom of expression often foster environments where trauma first manifests. Understanding the power of language and labels are essential in providing safety and support. To understand how to best help individuals in the community, it is vital to hear the ways the community has supported itself covertly and overtly through time.

Presentation Objectives:
1. Community trauma: A brief history of trauma and resilience in the cultural history of the LGBTQ community.
2. Beyond binary: Understanding cultural competency through language, labels and how Motivational Interviewing is key to empowering self-definition.
3. Keys to healing: Practical steps toward Trauma-Informed Care programming for LGBTQ individuals, their families and allies, as well as the rest of the community.