About the Session
EMDR is an evidenced based intervention designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories. Despite EMDR’s efficacy, there are minimal references to diversity in EMDR research, and no protocol adaptations for African American clients. Without consideration of the lived experiences of African Americans or acknowledgement of stigma, shame and historical trauma, the relevance of identity, privilege and inclusion in treatment is obscured. Utilizing an Afrocentric Critical Race perspective, case studies of African American clients who received EMDR are critically examined. Emphasis is placed on clinician positionality in alleviating oppression-based trauma and clinical implications for promoting anti-oppressive EMDR practice with African American clients.
Learning Objective 1
Participants will be able to describe 2 ways in which historical trauma, lived experiences and stigma impact African Americans in EMDR treatment.
Learning Objective 2
Participants will be able to identy differences between utilizing traditional EMDR and EMDR with an Afrocentric Critical Race theoretical lens.
Learning Objective 3
Participants will be able to identify 3 aspects of clinician positionality and anti-oppressive practice that will promote efficacy in using EMDR with African American clients.