Riana Elyse Anderson, Ph.D.

Healing Racial Trauma: Racial Socialization as a Clinical Strategy for Black Youth

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Register: https://bit.ly/2NK9geK

For Black youth and adults, prolonged exposure to racial discrimination has resulted in debilitating psychological, behavioral, and health outcomes. To help their children prepare for and prevent the deleterious consequences of discrimination, many Black parents utilize racial socialization or communication about racialized experiences. And, while racial socialization strategies correspond with several CBT strategies widely used by clinicians, there is a critical gap between what Black families do to mitigate discriminatory distress and what clinicians and providers offer Black youth.

As such, training clinicians to more effectively utilize racial socialization processes and develop such skills to help Black youth and parents heal from the effects of past, current, and future racial trauma is important. Greater racial socialization competency is proposed as achievable through intentional and mindful practice; thus, this symposium will explore theories and practices important in the healing processes of racial trauma for Black families, clinicians, and researchers alike, especially in times of exceptional stress (e.g., COVID-19).  

Learning Objectives

  • Explore racial stress and coping theories.
  • Practice stress-reducing coping practices.
  • Learn strategies to treat clients experiencing racial stress and trauma.

Who should attend:

This presentation will be appropriate across all system levels – predominately for clinical trainees and practicing clinicians, along with youth, young adults, caregivers, and family stakeholders. Additionally, the social worker field, child welfare, juvenile justice, human services, direct service, administration and support, education, advocates, and policymakers may be interested in the training.

Continuing Education Credits are in process.