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#racialtraumaisreal (10/29): Assessment and Treatment of the Psychological Consequences of Racism is a Course

#racialtraumaisreal (10/29): Assessment and Treatment of the Psychological Consequences of Racism

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Friday, October 29th, 2021 | 1-4pm (EST)-- Fully Online Workshop

Eligible for 3 CEs for LMHCs, Psychologists, and Social Workers.


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 injury arising from experiences of racism and racial discrimination yet, distinct from the traditional trauma framework will be highlighted. Finally, participants will learn recommended practices for assessment of racial trauma in the clinical setting. Considerations and strategies for effective treatment of racial stress and trauma will be presented.

Attendees will be able to: 

  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.
  3. Apply an understanding of the conceptual models of racial socialization and racial identity development to the assessment and treatment planning of racial trauma.
  4. Integrate clinical tools for assessing the mental health impact of racism, racial discrimination, and racial trauma in therapeutic contexts.

Timeline and Requirements:

The course will take place on Friday, October 29th, 2021.  This workshop is presenter-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (EST). 

CE Sponsorship: 

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content." Participants will be eligible to receive 3 CEs units from University Counseling Services of Boston College. 

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Participants will be eligible to receive 3 CEs unit. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

The Boston College School of Social Work is providing CEUs for Licensed Social Workers. This program has been approved for 3.0 CEU Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College School of Social Work Authorization Number A021.21.

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

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

Fees & Policies:

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes October 28th at 5pm. Refunds will be granted only up until registration closes at 5pm on October 28th. No refunds will be granted for registration or technical errors on the participant's part (such as incorrect name/email, login failure, etc.).

Additional offerings from the Lynch School Professional & Continuing Education Office can be found on our website


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.