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Racial trauma is an inescapable by-product of persistent exposure to repressive circumstances that emotionally, psychologically, and physically devastates one’s sense of self while simultaneously depleting one’s strategies for coping. It is a life altering and debilitating experience that affects countless people of color over multiple generations.

Unfortunately, the failure to consider the interrelationship between racial oppression and trauma limits our ability to work effectively with the people of color who live in the midst of sociocultural conditions that are injurious to their psyches and souls.

Even when clinical work is trauma-informed, it rarely devotes adequate attention to racial oppression and the pervasive trauma associated with it.

This training session will provide a comprehensive overview of the anatomy of racial trauma and the debilitating hidden wounds associated with it. Special attention will be devoted to highlighting trauma-informed interventions and strategies that centralize race and racial oppression in every facet of the treatment process and beyond.

“Relevant self of the therapist” issues that may facilitate and/or impede understanding and addressing racial trauma will be explored.

Learning objectives:
After this address, participants will be able to:
1. Apply a racially sensitive, trauma-informed framework to uncover the hidden trauma wounds that often underpin the health disparities that stifle the lives of African American and other children and families of color;
2. Effectively assess and treat the hidden wounds of racial trauma;
4. List three strategies that therapists and other providers can employ when working from a racially sensitive, trauma-informed framework; and
5. Demonstrate how the unrecognized, unexplored, and/or unresolved racially based attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of providers can often impede the effective delivery of services to racially traumatized clients.

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