LaVerne Baker Hotep
LaVerne Baker Hotep is a Program Coordinator for the Traumatic Stress Institute of the Klingberg Family Centers, located in New Britain, Connecticut. She travels nationally providing virtual and in-person training, consultation and coaching related to trauma informed care (TIC). With over 3 decades in social service and a special interest in historical and intergenerational trauma, she has co-lead training for various client serving agencies around the country. With members of Mediators Beyond Borders International, LaVerne has co-facilitated trauma response training in Liberia and South Sudan to address the intersection of trauma and peace-building through the application of conflict and trauma-sensitive programming.
Previously, LaVerne served as a Family Development Specialist and Resource Navigator at the Kingsley Association in Pittsburgh, PA, serving Allegheny County’s East Liberty Family Center where she founded and continues to convene Me2 Sister Circle, an international trauma-informed self-care and enrichment group for women. As former director of community education for the Center for Victims in Pittsburgh, PA, she initiated and convened culturally responsive conferences to educate about trauma and its impact in vulnerable communities. She has served on the Governor’s Racial Communal Trauma Action Team and is a Board Director for Whm Msw Healing Well, an African American Trauma Awareness and Social Recovery organization based in Philadelphia, PA. LaVerne is the producer and host of the podcast, Black Girl Back Talk: Conversations on Racial Bias from Girlhood to Womanhood.