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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

Applying Complexity and Storytelling in Systems of Care to Respond to Multigenerational Trauma

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Session Number: 2000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Allison Pinto; Gregory Long

All Authors for this paper: Allison Pinto; Gregory Long

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: Federally funded Systems of Care are required to focus service delivery efforts on needs relating to SED, yet communities are often aware of circumstances and dynamics that are affecting the mental health and well-being of local children and families more generally. Historical, multigenerational trauma is one example of a public mental health issue affecting an entire community. A complexity approach to the development and sustainability of Systems of Care makes it possible for a community to respond not only to the needs of children with SED, but also to the needs of the broader community dealing with the effects of multigenerational trauma. Storytelling is now identified in the fields of complexity and organizational development as a legitimate strategy to facilitate systems change. This approach will be illustrated through examples of storytelling for systems change that are naturally occurring in the development of the Tiwahe Wakan System of Care in South Dakota.

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM