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Racial and Generational Trauma: Evidence-based Somatic Interventions for BIPOC Clients

Chinwé Williams, PhD
Approx. 6 Hours
Dec 14, 2022
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Increased hate crimes. Fear and discrimination. Police brutality and traumatic media coverage. Higher rates of mental and physical health disorders.

Just because your clients aren’t talking about racial trauma, doesn’t mean they’re not dealing with it.

It is critical that your therapeutic space instills a sense of safety and calm and agency and empowerment for BIPOC clients.

Imagine your Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) clients leaving therapy…

…feeling like their traumatic experiences no longer drain or define them

…having gained a sense of ownership over their story

…using their trauma to help or inspire others into healthy action

Chinwé Williams, PhD, and Licensed and Board-Certified EMDR therapist has been supporting BIPOC clients with trauma recovery for over a decade. She serves the BIPOC community as a published researcher and author, consultant, educator, and a featured expert blog and media contributor. She specializes in somatically-focused approaches to teach clients how to regulate the nervous system and safely use the body for healing racial trauma.

In this one-day seminar, Dr. Williams will go beyond cultural competency and “topdown approaches”, like CBT—because clients can’t think their way out of trauma.

You’ll learn…

  • somatic, body-based interventions to heal the nervous system and target trauma at the cellular level
  • new exercises to explore your identity and bias
  • the latest ways to support racial wellness and self-care

Don’t let therapy be another space where a BIPOC client doesn’t feel safe and heard.

Watch this expert-led training to grow deeper in your connections with BIPOC clients and improve clinical outcomes.


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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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Chinwé Williams, PhD, is a licensed and board-certified and certified EMDR therapist in the state of Georgia. She is a former graduate counseling professor, college and high school counselor, and executive coach. She currently serves as a consultant for K-12 schools, non-profit, faith-based, and corporate work settings. Her expertise lies in areas of trauma recovery, stress/anxiety management, adolescent and women’s wellness, race-related traumatic stress, and equity centered trauma informed education. Dr. Williams has been on the faculty of multiple graduate programs, including Rollins College, Georgia State University, Argosy University, and University of Central Florida. As a graduate counseling professor spanning over 12 years, Dr. Williams has taught Multicultural Counseling and Trauma Impact & Recovery at several different universities.

Dr. Williams is also a published journal author and frequently featured expert blog, podcast, and media contributor on topics related to adolescent mental health, racialized stress, and trauma recovery. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and an invited speaker at local, national, and international conferences. Dr. Williams is the owner of Meaningful Solutions Counseling & Consulting, where she maintains a growing private practice in Roswell, GA. In addition, Dr. Williams is the co-author of the best-selling book Seen: Healing Despair and Anxiety in Kids and Teens Through the Power of Connection and the co-creator of “Healing Racial Trauma with Somatic Therapy,” an online course to equip therapists and wellness professionals to address racial trauma in the therapy room.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Chinwé Williams is the co-owner of Southeastern Counselor Training Institute and has an employment relationship with Meaningful Solutions Counseling & Consulting. Dr. Williams receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Chinwé Williams has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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  1. Differentiate 3 challenging components of race-based traumatic stress and how to address them.
  2. Utilize clinical strategies and evidence-based assessments to identify current and intergenerational trauma, related symptoms, and potential co-morbid conditions in BIPOC teens and adults.
  3. Analyze the role of microaggressions in the therapy room and how therapists perpetuate racism and support racist social structures without realizing it.
  4. Apply strategies for identifying their own blind spots and become more conscious and aware of their own implicit biases.
  5. Apply 3 polyvagal approaches to help clients create safety, enhance social engagement, and help BIPOC clients navigate their nervous system.
  6. Apply 3 specific somatic resources that can help BIPOC clients process race-based trauma.
  7. Utilize evidence-based models and strategies that empower BIPOC clients to attune to their nervous system, notice patterns of behavior, and uncover their own internal growth and resilience.


Why Cultural Competence is Not Enough
  • Learn what is missing in traditional diversity training
  • Types and causes of racial trauma
  • Psychological and physical toll of overt and subtle acts of racism
  • Common racial microaggressions committed by therapists
  • Tools to examine bias and assumptions
  • Repair ruptures and build connection
Identify, Assess and Respond to Racial Trauma
  • Signs and symptoms of racial trauma
  • Step-by-step racial trauma intake process
  • Respond strategies and examples to clients who disclose a racial trauma event
  • Two racial trauma assessments (including intergenerational trauma and work with BIPOC teens)
Regulate the Nervous System in Therapy
  • Apply Polyvagal theory to race-based trauma
  • Optimize safety for BIPOC clients
  • Skillful responses to triggers, shutdown and emotional reactivity
  • Tools to calm the nervous system before, during and after therapy
  • Somatic resources for cross-cultural therapeutic relationships
Somatic and Integrative Clinical Approaches
  • Resources to widen the window of tolerance of current and generational trauma
  • Response strategies for disclosure of overtly racist event
  • Grounding for BIPOC clients and direct or vicarious acts of racism
  • EMDR strategies for racial trauma
  • 5 self-care race-based trauma practices
  • Racial Wellness Tool-Kit
Implicit Bias & Self-awareness
  • Tools for identifying implicit bias
  • Expand self-awareness
  • Cross-cultural strategies for deeper relationships
  • Limitations and when to refer out
  • Future directions for the field

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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