Professor Alvin Poussaint described the cumulative impact of microaggressions as “death by a thousand nicks”. What might seem small and insignificant can become ingrained into the very fiber of one’s being, causing the body to live in a constant state of alert. This workshop will utilize the conventional and expanded Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) studies to discuss how racial trauma impacts the physical, social, and psychological health of individuals and communities. Participants will recognize systemic oppressions, confront implicit bias and engage in dialogue around racial healing, empowerment and equity.
a). Describe the conventional and expanded ACE studies to increase understanding of community level adversities.
b). Define racism, implicit bias, and microaggression.
c). Discuss white privilege and white fragility and strategies to become allies and accomplices for anti-racism work.
d). Define internalized racism, the role of structural racism in the development of internalized racism, and the importance of eliminating systemic oppression to resolve internalized racism.
e). State how to apply a trauma informed lens to explore the impact of historical trauma from the cradle to the grave.
f). Discuss strategies to break down historic and present systems of oppression, build physical and emotional safety, validate experiences and emotions, and empower impacted individuals and communities.
The target audience for this event includes addictions specialists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed counselors, MFT’s, and other clinical mental health professionals.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Instructor(s): Crystal Rozelle–Bennett, LMSW
Material Author(s): Crystal Rozelle–Bennett, LMSW
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