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Traumatic exposures - particularly complex trauma in childhood - can lead to a host of challenging behaviors associated with struggles in relationships, disengagement from school, involvement in the justice system, and poor health outcomes across the lifespan and over generations.

Social cognition - the processes by which we acquire and act on information about others - has a substantial role in our decision-making at all points in the justice system. By definition, social cognition involves an interaction between personal experiences, implicit and explicit beliefs, role identity, institutional culture, and physical environments. This goal of this session is to help participants better understand social cognition - particularly implicit bias - within a justice context, and to provide potential strategies to improve decision-making processes.

Efforts to create trauma-responsive healing institutions have long considered environmental factors that can help reduce anxiety, promote healing, and support productive social interactions.