Understanding Racial Trauma

La’Tesha Sampson, PhD, MPA, MSW, LCSW

Course Description:
Racial trauma, which results from traumatization due to experiences of racism, can be due to major experiences such as hate crimes, or the accumulation of smaller experiences of discrimination and microaggressions over time.  For clients of color, the depth of the feelings that result from these experiences can have a significant influence on attitudes and beliefs around mental health treatment. This workshop will help clinicians working with clients of color to understand the impact of racial trauma on help seeking behavior. Participants will gain insight into the effects of racial trauma on the individual and the therapeutic relationship, including conflict in the relationship between therapy and faith/spirituality, worry about the power dynamics in the therapeutic relationship, and shame regarding personal strength and values.

Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  1. Define racial trauma
  2. Describe the components of racial trauma as they relate to mental health
  3. Assess indicators of racial trauma in clients as they pertain to mental health diagnoses
  4. List strategies for addressing racial trauma in the therapeutic relationship

Presenter Biography:
La’Tesha Sampson is a licensed psychotherapist and the President and Founder of Great Joy Counseling and Consulting Services where she and her team provide innovative, therapeutic psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups as well as corporate consultation to nonprofit businesses.

For the past seven years, La’Tesha has served as a professor at Rutgers University and Hunter College.  La’Tesha holds an honorary Ph.D. in Christian Counseling and earned master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration. La’Tesha is also completing her earned doctorate in Psychology.

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, NJ
Date:   November 14, 2019      Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
Registration and continental breakfast will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m.
The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.

Agenda:

9:30 – 10:30am Defining and Diagnosing Racial Trauma
10:30 – 11:00am Unpacking the components of racial trauma and mental health
11:00 – 11:05am Morning Break
11:05am – 12:05pm Unpacking the components of racial trauma and mental health, cont.
12:05 – 12:50pm Lunch on your own
12:50 – 1:50pm Racial Trauma I Real Time: In Class Group Role Plays
1:50 – 2:20pm Addressing Racial Trauma in therapeutic relationships
2:20 – 2:25pm Afternoon Break
2:25 – 3:30pm Addressing Racial Trauma in therapeutic relationships, cont.
Racial Trauma In their own voices: Video
Questions and discussion
Wrap-Up

Target Audience:  Social Workers, Counselors, and other mental health and substance use professionals. This course is appropriate for beginner level participants.

Continuing Education Credits: FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for this course. ACE Provider Period: 01/10/2017 – 01/10/2020. Social workers completing this course will receive 4 Social and Cultural Competence and 1 Clinical continuing education credits.

Understanding Racial Trauma, Course #2542, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Family Connections, Inc. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course
approval period: 07/08/2019 – 07/08/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 4 social and cultural competence & 1 clinical practice continuing education credits.

FAMILYConnections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 5 CE hours.

FAMILYConnections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

Certificates will be awarded to participants after they have turned in their evaluations and signed out at the completion of the course.

Directions & Parking Information: Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 or by email at nstromko@familyconnectionsnj.org

Registration: Free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health and substance use agencies and self-help centers until October 31, 2019. Cancellations must be made by November 4, 2019.

To register, please click here

Grievances: Please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances.

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