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Racial Trauma: The Psychological Consequences of Racism Across the Lifespan is a Course

Racial Trauma: The Psychological Consequences of Racism Across the Lifespan

Started Feb 18, 2021

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Full course description

Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 7-8pm (EST)-- Fully Online Lecture

CEs for LMHC, APA, and LI/LCSW will be submitted for review to respective credentialing bodies.


This event is free to the public, please use the promotional code ETHICSERIES7 to register at no cost.

This event is $25 for practitioners seeking CEs for this lecture. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and can not be adjusted at a later time. 


Experiences of racism and racial discrimination have been found to significantly predict racial stress and trauma (e.g., Carter et al., 2013). Despite both the prevalence of racial discrimination (e.g., between 50 and 75% of Black, Hispanic, and Asians reporting experiences of racial discrimination; Lee et al., 2019) and its consistent association with racial stress and trauma, most mental health providers and supports lack the necessary training to assess and treat racial trauma in therapeutic settings (Hemmings & Evans, 2018). As such, this program uses recent and relevant research to facilitate mental health clinicians’ understanding of racial trauma and its sequelae, across the lifespan. The virtual presentation will provide an overview of the history of racial trauma and its proposed recommendations for treatment. Conceptualization of racial trauma as a form of psychological distress arising from experiences of racism and racial discrimination yet, distinct from the traditional trauma framework will be highlighted. Finally, strategies for effective assessment and treatment of racial trauma will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define racial trauma in the context of mental health assessment and treatment.
  2. Identify the mental and physical health symptoms correlated with significant experiences of racial discrimination and its mental health consequences and integrate clinical tools for assessing the mental health impact of racial discrimination and racial trauma in therapeutic contexts.
  3. Apply an understanding of the conceptual models of racial socialization and racial identity development to the assessment and treatment planning of racial trauma.

Timeline and Requirements:

The course will take place on Thursday, February 18, 2021.  This lecture is presenter-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm (EST). 

CE Sponsorship: 

Application for CEs is being submitted for LMHC, APA, and LI/LCSW. We will update this section as soon as we hear back from the credentialing bodies.

Participants must attend the lecture in full and complete the post event survey to be eligible to receive CEs.

This lecture does not offer CEs for social workers or other clinicians not listed above. 

Fees & Policies:

This event is free if you are NOT seeking CEs towards your license. If you plan on seeking CEs for this lecture, the cost is $25. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and can not be adjusted at a later time.  

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes February 18th at 5pm. Refunds will be granted only up to the time of the lecture. 

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Maryam Jernigan-Noesi
Dr. Maryam Jernigan-Noesi

Dr. Jernigan-Noesi brings almost two decades of experience as a health professional. As a clinical-researcher, Dr. Jernigan-Noesi’s contributions to the field of behavioral health have earned recognition from numerous organizations including the Ford Foundation and the American Psychological Association. She is Director of the Intersections Research Lab.