GS4: Racial Trauma, Neurons, and EMDR: The Path Towards an Anti-Racist Psychotherapy

Thursday, October 1st


About the Session

Session Description:

Although race is a social construction, it carries great significance and dire consequences in our North American culture. This presentation will explore how Anti-Black racism, racial trauma, and White Supremacy can impact psychotherapy. Using Young’s Five Faces of Oppression model, we will discuss how Anti-Black racism affects clients and therapists. In addition to discussing how systemic racism impacts service delivery, we will also explore the impact that Anti-Black racial microaggressions can have on the nervous system (e.g. allostatic load) of our clients. Recommendations for conducting EMDR from an Anti-Racist perspective will be discussed and encouraged. Case examples will be provided.

Learning Objective 1

Participants will be able to list Young’s five faces of oppression.

Learning Objective 2

Participants will be able to describe 3 key aspects which relate to racial trauma.

Learning Objective 3

Participants will be able to explain how allostatic load impacts physical and mental health.

CEs Available: 2


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