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A Clinician’s Guide to Healing the Wounds of Racial Trauma

A 12-Session CBT-Based Protocol

Monnica Williams, PhD. ABPP
Publication Date:
Oct 08, 2024
PESI Publishing
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When racism is the cause of PTSD, how do you treat it?

Although racial trauma is a common form of PTSD among Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC), few therapists know how to treat it – leaving traumatized clients without the support they need to heal from the devastating effects of oppression and discrimination.

A Clinician’s Guide to Healing the Wounds of Racial Trauma fills this gap by providing a 12-session, step-by-step approach for treating race-based trauma from a cognitive behavioral (CBT) perspective. Written by Dr. Monnica Williams – an internationally recognized expert on trauma and racial health disparities – it is filled with sample scripts, worksheets, tips, and guiding questions to help clients:


  • Defuse from the shame and self-blame tied to their trauma
  • Process trauma memories through exposure and habitation
  • Develop a stronger, more positive ethnoracial identity
  • Consolidate their trauma into a cohesive and meaningful narrative
  • Build coping skills and social support needed to combat the stress of racism
  • Identify effective strategies to combat racism over the long term
  • Push back against racism and be a force for change

Racism makes people question their reality. With this protocol, you can ensure clients feel seen and heard, helping them survive, heal, and thrive in a society where the odds are stacked against them.




Monnica Williams, PhD. ABPP's Profile

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Dr. Monnica T. Williams is a board-certified licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, in the School of Psychology, where she is the Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Disparities. She is also the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Connecticut, where she provides supervision and training to clinicians for empirically supported treatments. Prior to her move to Canada, Dr. Williams was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School (2007-2011), the University of Louisville in Psychological and Brain Sciences (2011-2016), where she served as the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities, and the University of Connecticut (2016-2019) where she had appointments in both Psychological Science and Psychiatry. Dr. Williams’ research focuses on BIPOC mental health, culture, and psychopathology, and she has published over 150 scientific articles on these topics. Current projects include the assessment of race-based trauma, barriers to treatment in OCD, improving cultural competence in the delivery of mental health care services, and interventions to reduce racism. This includes her work as a PI in a multisite study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD for people of color. She also gives diversity trainings nationally for clinical psychology programs, scientific conferences, and community organizations. She has served as the African American SIG leader for Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and currently is Chair of their Academic Training Education Standards (ATES). She serves as an Associate Editor of Behavior Therapy. She also serves on the editorial board of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Canadian Psychology, International Journal of Mental Health, Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders and the Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and co-founded their Diversity Council. Her work has been featured in several major media outlets, including NPR, CBS, Huffington Post and the New York Times.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Monnica Williams has employment relationships with Behavioral Wellness Clinic and the University of Ottawa. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Williams receives grant funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Marin Family Foundation, Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, Source Research Foundation, Psychedelic Science Research Collaborative, Ontario Research Fund, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations. Non-financial: Dr. Monnica Williams is a member of the Canadian Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. She serves on the board of directors of Psychedelic Medicines and Therapies and the Source Research Foundation. Dr. Williams serves on the editorial board of several academic journals, for a complete list contact PESI, Inc.


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