The Vermont Connection


There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to the process of healing, particularly for individuals who are continuously affected by the many barriers and impacts of systemic oppres- sion. This reality demands the sustained development of a praxis rooted in trauma-informed and culturally grounded care so that we may better serve our most-impacted communities (such as Black, Indigenous and People of Color [BIPOC], disability, queer, and survivor communities). As practitioners in the fields of Clinical Psychology and Higher Education, we engage in cross-disciplinary analysis so that we may amplify and share our tools for collective healing. We highlight the importance of sup- porting client and student development through multisystemic and resilience-oriented frameworks. Specifically, we discuss the implications of the Minority Stress Model (Meyer, 2003) and Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory (1979) in serving our communities more effectively to enhance positive clinical and academic outcomes.