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Racial Trauma and Minority Stress: The Culturally Competent Clinician's Guide to Assessment and Treatment

Violent and unjust deaths televised on 24-hour loops. The terrifying stress of traffic stops. Walking into a store and being followed by a clerk.

Race-based stressors can leave BIPOC clients overwhelmed with fear, anxiety, hopelessness and emotional exhaustion. The raw pain and trauma of each experience adding another excruciating burden they must carry.

Without addressing race-based issues at the heart of their trauma, you’ll fail to move clients facing the distress of daily assaults on their dignity toward greater hope and healing.

But where do you start?

Lillian Gibson, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has spent her career working to enhance the lives of people in marginalized groups.

In this one-day training Dr. Gibson will give you the tools and guidance you need to better align with your clients race-based experiences, strengthen the therapeutic alliance and more capably treat clients with trauma rooted in racism.

Watch her and discover how you can:

  • Identify your clinical blind spots with multicultural clientele
  • Assess for trauma symptomology and factors that influence minority stress
  • Conceptualize cases when race-based stressors are present
  • Avoid clinical missteps that can damage the therapeutic alliance
  • Develop a racial trauma treatment plan and apply client-centered strategies

PLUS this program includes scripts, interactive exercises and case studies to help you more comfortably and capably discuss race related matters in therapy.

Don’t miss this chance to bring healing change to those facing the trauma of racism.

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Program Information


  1. Investigate core elements of cultural competency for mental health professionals.
  2. Formulate a detailed conceptualization of a case with race-based stressors.
  3. Analyze trauma diagnostic criteria and the impact of race-based stressors.
  4. Determine how vicarious trauma impacts clients’ emotional functioning.
  5. Employ the biopsychosocial model framework to guide assessment steps and treatment of trauma stemming from racism and discrimination.
  6. Analyze factors that influence generational trauma and exacerbate racial trauma symptomology.


Cultural Competency Markers for Mental Health Professionals

  • Core elements of cultural competency within mental health
  • Bidirectional relationship between cultural humility and cultural competency
  • Cultural attunement variables
  • Honoring of worldviews, identity, language, customs

Case Conceptualization Strategies When Race-Based Stressors are Present

  • Essential conceptualization components to assess cases
  • Treatment planning and case conceptualization factors
  • Errors often seen within poor case formulations
  • Enhancement of case conceptualization processes when cultural competency is present

Diagnostic Criteria for PTSD per the DSM-5™

  • Considerations to diagnose trauma secondary to a race-based stressor(s)
  • Exploration of direct trauma in relation to a PTSD diagnosis
  • Generational trauma factors linked to race-based stressor(s)
  • Exploration of vicarious trauma in relation to a PTSD diagnosis
  • Minority stress features that impact quality of life factors

Racial Trauma Symptomology: Identifying with Biopsychosocial Framework References

  • The mind and body trauma connection
  • Diathesis-Stress Model in relation to trauma
  • Recognizing physiological signs of trauma
  • Long-term impacts of chronic stress stored in the body
  • Outline of useful trauma measures that may be utilized
  • Listing of symptom monitoring measures
  • Client and therapist match measures

Racial Trauma Treatment: Effective Interventions and Multimodal Framework

  • Applicable options for treatment
  • Scripts to discuss racial trauma, minority stress and explore client/therapist dynamics
  • Culturally sensitive treatment implications
  • Multimodal framework for treatment:
  • Distressed sleep interventions: CBT for insomnia and imagery rehearsal for nightmares
  • Chronic stress: CBT and mindfulness approaches
  • Value-based living: usefulness of ACT tenants
  • Trauma-focused treatment using prolonged exposure
  • Assertive communication strategies from interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Safeguards to help the efficacy of racial trauma treatment(s)
  • Limitations of racial trauma treatments
  • Risks associated with administering evidence-based psychotherapies for racial trauma

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 10/15/2021

Deactivating the Polyvagal Response to Racial Trauma

Good intentions are not enough to heal generational wounds incurred by racial trauma and decades of systematic racism.

It requires refined knowledge and skills that many clinicians were never taught.

That’s why we’re bringing you a brand-new approach to treatment!

Polyvagal theory for complex racial trauma offers a profound method for developing connection with clients to resolve trauma. Targeting the vagus nerve, polyvagal response deactivation interventions soothe the nervous systems of both you and the client. Through this interactive co-regulating process you will transform your clients’ minds, bodies, and your practice.

Get ready for an incredibly impactful one-day training with Candice Dickens, LPC. With 30 years of experience as a clinician, she specializes in trauma-based care and the intersection of race, ethnicity and other cultural factors. Candice shares with you a moving experience of learning to lead clients through processing their own complex trauma related to race, childhood experiences, and more - while also deepening your understanding of your own nervous system reactions in session.

In this online training you’ll learn how to receive the client as they are, enriching your dyadic attunement. The unique application of polyvagal response to racial trauma encourages:

  • Processing of intergenerational and legacy trauma
  • Growth of new neurological connections changing old patterns
  • Decreased reaction to triggering stimuli related to race seen on media and other places
  • And much more!

Don’t wait, learn how to help clients resolve complex racial trauma symptoms today in this one-of-a-kind training!

Program Information


  1. Analyze signs of racial trauma and how generational adaptations manifest in the form of survival coping skills.
  2. Hypothesize how racial trauma is an exaggerated form of complex post-traumatic stress disorder.
  3. Apply trauma and multisensory mind-body based therapies to deactivate the trauma response and create internal regulation.
  4. Utilize internal resourcing to ground clients who experience racial trauma.
  5. Resolve complex trauma experienced vicariously or directly by exposure to repeated racial trauma.
  6. Develop transgenerational trauma and adaptive cultural coping mechanisms.


Pathways of Trauma Genesis: Development of Generational Transmission

  • Intergenerational trauma – how it works
  • Racial Trauma as Infinity Complex traumas
  • Redefining Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eurocentric cultural biases
  • Discerning complex racial and ethnic trauma
  • Enhance skills for clients of intersectional identities
Racial Trauma and the Polyvagal Response: Healing Its Impact and Moving Forward
  • Essential components of polyvagal theory
  • Polyvagal response to racial trauma for all
  • Neurological connections and our clients’ worlds
  • Adrenaline fatigue, burnout from “survival mode”
  • Shame, grief, and self-deprecation, a psycho-social perspective
Unique Aspects of Assessing Racial Trauma: Find Hidden Trauma
  • Comorbidities – discern symptoms from systemic oppression
  • How to identify index traumas
  • Tips for deactivating response to internal and external triggers
  • Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
  • Identification of racial specific trauma and stress
  • Use cultural competency to foster rapport
Deactivate Trauma Responses and Move Toward Safety
  • Experiential mind-body breathwork for vagus nerve soothing
  • How to use internal resourcing for healing trauma
  • 5 Ways to liberate traumatic racial memories
  • Legacy trauma unburdening and unpacking
  • Building community support and other protective factors
  • Creating safety regulation in traumatized clients
Tools for Therapeutic Racial Justice in Session
  • Tips for incorporating cultural humility
  • Cultural practices as tools for generational healing
  • Scripts for enhancing communication on difficult topics

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 01/21/2022

Becoming a Social Justice Informed Clinician: Embodying Equity, Inclusion and Liberation to Enhance Treatment with Minoritized Clients

The ingrained impacts of systemic racism affect every sector and institution of our society, pushing many to the margins by means out of their control.

And our therapeutic spaces are not untouched.

Despite our best intentions, many of us are unwittingly committing microaggressions, damaging rapport, and perpetuating inequalities. Without acknowledging power differentials and uprooting our biases we can fail marginalized clients and unknowingly participate in the oppression.

No matter your racial, ethnic or cultural background, this candid one-day training will equip you to enhance your treatment with minoritized clients and inspire you to begin using your practice as a source of systemic change!

And unlike other trainings that offer overly simplified and formulaic guidance on how to do therapy with “them,” this program will visit the uncomfortable places we need to go to become better clinicians for all of our clients.

Watch Dr. Meag-gan O’Reilly, Stanford Psychologist and CEO & Co-Founder of Inherent Value Psychology Inc., for an eye-opening exploration of how using a framework of equity, inclusion, and liberation can transform you and your clinical care.

PLUS she’ll share the key concepts, mindsets and clinical examples you need to more effectively work with the intersectionality in each client and give you actionable steps you can take to help dismantle oppressive systems and effect change at a societal level.

This is one training you can’t afford to miss.

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Program Information


  1. Analyze key points in psychology’s social justice history and understand how it shaped the practice of psychology.
  2. Investigate how colorblindness and the denial of racism by emphasizing that everyone is the same, or has the same life opportunities, can negatively impact clients and the therapeutic process.
  3. Evaluate how racial microaggressions can contribute to poor counseling outcomes in racial/ethnic minority clients.
  4. Analyze how mental health professionals can resist oppression through the therapeutic mechanisms they choose to employ.
  5. Utilize culturally responsive and racially conscious strategies to recognize the ways clients are impacted by their marginalized identities and systems of oppression.
  6. Assess the role of mental health professionals in dismantling oppressive systems that may impact their clients’ presenting problems.


Oppression: What All Therapists Need to Understand About Injustice

  • Exploitation and marginalization
  • Powerlessness
  • Cultural Imperialism
  • Violence
  • Tiers – Individual, Institutional, Cultural Internalized Oppression
Colorblindness: How “Treating Everyone the Same” is Detrimental to Therapy
  • How race shapes clients’ lives
  • Why therapists need to acknowledge the euro-centric culture of psychotherapy
  • The truth about colorblindness in therapy
  • How therapists can acknowledge power inequality in therapy as well as in society
Diversity: Strategies to Better Attend to Your Clients’ Differences…Without Forcing Them to Teach You
  • Therapeutic pitfalls of seeing differences in a stereotypical manner
  • Tips for working with the current sociopolitical environment in therapy sessions
  • How to prepare for and respond to clinical microaggressions
  • Ways to bring conversations about race and class into the therapy room
Multiculturalism: Visualize Your Clients Problems from Personal, Cultural and Institutional Factors
  • The importance of intersectionality in each client
  • How clinicians can explore experiences of strengths and weaknesses of culture
  • What to say – replace negative labels that can lead to ineffective treatment
  • Clinical examples of culturally-affirming practices
Inclusion: How to Empower Your Clients for Deeper Engagement in Treatment
  • How power, privilege and social context impacts your clients
  • How clients’ action for social change can enhance their wellbeing
  • Clinical changes required for more inclusive practices
  • In-session strategies to overcome struggles therapists face with inclusion
Equity: Clinical Strategies that Embrace Equality and Improve Outcomes
  • Fundamental differences from equality
  • What you can do to create access: outreach and expanding your expertise to larger communities
  • Self-assessment exercise: is there equity in your practice?
  • Clinical applications in therapy
Justice and Liberation in the Therapy Room: Steps You Can Take Today to Help Dismantle Oppressive Systems
  • Decolonizing mental health fundamentals
  • Strategies to cultivate a clinical space that fosters liberation
  • Use systems centered language to combat oppressive, policies, practices, and beliefs
  • How clients can regain agency in the face of oppression

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Physicians
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 08/10/2021