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Microtraumas and the African American Client

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African Americans regularly receive societal messages about their lack of value, powerlessness, and inability to ensure their personal safety. Perpetuated ...
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Faculty:
Candice Richardson Dickens
Duration:
2 Hours 4 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Mar 22, 2019

Description

African Americans regularly receive societal messages about their lack of value, powerlessness, and inability to ensure their personal safety. Perpetuated through media stories as well as common, everyday interactions, these microtraumas cause African Americans to experience a heightened sense of cortisol arousal, a pervasive feeling of doom, and a lack of trust in relation to their environment. The result is hypervigilance and intrusive exaggerated flight, fight, and freeze responses.

Handouts

Outline

Understanding Cultural Trauma

  • Fight or Flight Responses
  • Learned Helplessness
  • Micro- vs. Macro-traumas

DSM-5 Trauma and PTSD

  • Defining and Assessing Trauma
  • Witnessed or Experienced Trauma

Talking about Race

  • Talking to Children about Race
  • Addressing Ethnic Differences Between Therapist & Client
  • Empowering through Experience Validation

Techniques for Treating Physiological Responses to Trauma

  • Mindfulness
  • Grounding & Tapping
  • Deep Breathing Techniques
  • Visualizations & Hypnosis
  • Reducing Shame & Increasing Self-Affirmations

Understanding Long-Term Memory

  • Implicit Memory
  • Explicit Memory
    • Episodic
    • Semantic

Trauma & Neuroscience

  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Sympathetic and Parasympathetic responses
Physiological Impact of Trauma on African Americans

Faculty

Candice Richardson Dickens, LCPC-S, LCADC-S, CCTP Related seminars and products: 1


Candice Richardson Dickens, LCPC-S, LCADC-S, CCTP, is a hypnotherapist, Imago therapist, and owner of CRA Counseling and Consulting Agency.