Psychotherapists generally acknowledge that a client may have a reaction to recent events that have roots in the past. When it comes to systemic racism, this can include unhealed intergenerational wounds such as psychological and social trauma passed down from previous generations.
The Black community suffers from an increased rate of mental health concerns, including anxiety and depression. The increased incidence of psychological difficulties in the Black community is related to the lack of access to appropriate and culturally responsive mental health care, as well as prejudice and racism inherent in the daily environment of Black individuals.
Describe how racial trauma affects the mental and physical health of the Black community
Demonstrate how racial discrimination can have a long-lasting effect on Black youth
Identify strategies to help clinicians and organizations better connect with their Black clients
Discuss how organizations can help all staff members understand their own implicit bias
List race-related stressors that can affect the mental health of socially disadvantaged racial and ethnic populations
Urban trauma is a term commonly heard but rarely discussed in formal settings. This form of trauma is probably the most misdiagnosed or undiagnosed trauma. A study from the American Psychological Association showed how chronic stress is a long-term form of stress, derived from unending feelings of despair/hopelessness, as a result of factors such as poverty, family dysfunction, feelings of helplessness, and/or traumatic early childhood experiences. "Our goal with this workshop is to show how individuals who are directly impacted by urban trauma can be unaware. We offer attendees an opportunity to learn how easily one can become numb to the violence, as if it’s just another day in the hood.
Define the Urban Trauma experience
Connect Urban Trauma to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, while using real-life experiences and ACES study
Link Urban Trauma to intergenerational PTSD, addiction and Incarceration
Discuss long term physical, emotional and psychological impacts on individuals, families and communities
Discuss how to build relationships for clear communication about issues related to reentry, trauma, race, addiction, incarceration, and mental health
Protests across the globe are taking its toll on the mental health of black people. The significant role that race and systemic racism play both historically and in today's world can, and is, affecting individuals psychologically.
As a psychotherapist, the impact is often felt in the consulting room with black clients who are experiencing anxiety, anger, exhaustion and a feeling of powerlessness in the face of racial inequalities and injustices. Black client’s experience can be misinterpreted by a white therapist and can lead to dangerous misdiagnoses. Psychotherapy for black people needs to be a safe space where they can talk about racial trauma, with an assurance their experiences will be heard and without fear it will be used as a weapon to subdue.
A somewhat naive attempt to promote equality in the consulting room has been implemented through “colour-blind racial ideology”, but sociologists have argued that when a white therapist states they “don’t see colour”, it denies the client’s race and exposes a lack of awareness regarding the therapist’s own power and privilege – aspects which collude, dangerously, to deny the lived experience of the black client.
Describe how race and systemic racism play both historically and in today's world can, and is, affecting individuals psychologically
Demonstrate how psychotherapy for black people needs to be a safe space
Discuss how Black client’s experience can be misinterpreted by a white therapist and can lead to dangerous misdiagnoses
Explain how “colour-blind racial ideology”, denies the client’s race and exposes a lack of awareness regarding the therapist’s own power and privilege
This course is available for 7.5 total CPDs.
The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa.
As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.
Daryl McGraw holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services and a Master's Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership, both from Springfield College.
Daryl holds state certifications as an Addictions Counselor, Recovery Support Specialist, and a Criminal Justice Professional. Prior to entering the human service field, Mr. McGraw hel several leadership positions in the hospitality field working for Fortune 500 companies. As the former Programme Director for the Yale University Department of Psychiatry, he was contracted to serve as the Director of the Office of Recovery Community Affairs for the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Mr. McGraw is also a community organizer, activist and philanthropist.
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