Robin Cogan: PACEs Connection goes Back to School

August 11, 2022
Hosted by Ingrid Cockhren

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As the summer winds down, its time to go back to school. This month, we will examine America's school system. In recent years, COVID-19, school shootings, affirmation of LGBTQ students, institutional racism, critical race theory, teacher burnout, and parent's rights have transformed America's schools into cultural battlegrounds. As a result, students, teachers, and administrators are experiencing poor mental health outcomes, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout. In order to determine how our nation's schools have gotten to this point, our co-hosts will interview school professionals and engage in critical discussions from a trauma-informed perspective. Please join us for our conversation with the award-winning school nurse, Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FNASN, FAAN. She is a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN) in her 22nd year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District. Robin is the New Jersey State School Nurses Association Director to the National Association of School Nurses. We will talk with her about the impact and opportunities we have in returning to school for the 2022-2023 school year

History. Culture. Trauma

Thursday at 1PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

According to Resmaa Menakem, trauma decontextualized over time looks like culture. We, at PACEs Connection, agree. 2020, with COVID-19, our climate crisis, and the racial reckoning, has shown us that trauma is embedded within our institutions, our culture, and our history. 2020 was a collective trauma. And, with the addition of technological advances like the internet and social media, we are more connected to our collective selves than ever before. We can no longer live in silos, focused on the individual. We know now that our shared experiences matter. Our podcast will examine trauma and resilience, not just at the individual level, at the systems and cultural level. How has the trauma of slavery and genocide impacted our current society? Why are the cultural manifestations of trauma, i.e., community violence, school shootings, etc., so pervasive? Together, our hosts and their guests will outline the true impact of trauma and resilience on the human experience.

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Ingrid Cockhren

Ingrid Cockhren

Ingrid Cockhren knows first-hand how impactful trauma and toxic stress can be for children and families and has dedicated her professional life to investigating and educating the public about the link between early trauma, early adversity, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), positive childhood experiences and the consequences that occur across the lifespan. Specializing in creating equitable and inclusive environments within organizations, collective impacts and grassroot movements, Cockhren uses her knowledge of stress, trauma, historical trauma, human development, and psychology to translate research concerning DEI into community, workplace, and organizational solutions. Cockhren graduated from Tennessee State University with a B.S. in psychology and from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College with a M.Ed. in child studies specializing in minority and impoverished children. Her research areas are African American parenting styles, positive and adverse childhood experiences, historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, brain development, developmental psychology, and epigenetics. Cockhren’s experience includes juvenile justice, family counseling, early childhood education, professional development, consulting, and community education. She is currently CEO at PACEs Connection and an adjunct professor specializing in Black psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, and personality theory at Tennessee State University.

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Episode Directory

August 2022

  • 8/18/2022: Encore: Rev. Deanna Hollas: America's Gun Violence Crisis Listen Now
  • 8/11/2022: Robin Cogan: PACEs Connection goes Back to School Listen Now
  • 8/4/2022: Anthony Conwright: PACEs Connection goes Back to School Listen Now

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