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The Enduring Trauma of Racism and Oppression: Ethical and Cultural Considerations for Authentic Therapists

October 10 Breakfast 8:15am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $169.00, 6 Ethics and Diversity CEUs Presenter: Sabrina N’Diaye, PhD, LCSW-C Woodholme Country Club, 300 Woodholme Ave. Pikesville, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

Our work as trauma professionals and clinicians requires us to see beyond race and culture when working with our clients. As a result, many of us tend to miss the pivotal role that racism and oppression plays in the way that our clients view their trauma and themselves. In order to be the authentic therapists that we strive to be, we must be willing to explore the uncomfortable issues that have shaped our lives as Americans, helping professionals, and human beings.

Workshop Description

This training is an invitation to experience diversity in the safety of a seasoned guide and other clinicians. Rather than focusing on case studies or hypothetical events, we will explore how each of us has been personally affected by racism and oppression. Increasing our self-knowledge will then pave the way for an increased understanding of how it has affected our clients. We will also address the ways in which racism, stereotypical thinking, and cultural diversity impacts the ethics of clinical practice. Participants can get 6 Ethics CEUs for this training.

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the concept of cultural competency as an ethical requirement.
  • Understand the connection between racism, oppression, and trauma.
  • Define and identify “internalized oppression.”
  • Identify how prejudice affects the brain.
  • Learn to “cross the bridge” and embrace the humanity of at least one other group besides their own.


The Separation

  • 8:50- 9:00: Soft Belly Meditations
    • Putting Aside the Mask
    • Emptying the Cup

The Transition

  • 9:00 – 9:15: Checking In

The Deepening

  • 9:15 – 12:00: Essence and Veils
  • 9:15 – 10:00: Ups/Downs – Kitchen Table Relationships
  • 10:00 – 10:30: First Thoughts
    • Dyads
    • First Thoughts in Therapy
  • 10:30 – 10:45: Break
  • 10:45 – 11:15: Origins of Thoughts
    • Genograms/Caregiver Messages
  • 11:15 – 12:00 – Ethics and Cultural Competency
  • 12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
  • 1:00 – 1:15:  Trauma, Oppression, and The Brain
  • 1:15 – 1:45 – Internalized Oppression
  • 1:45 – 2:00 – The Body Remembers
  • 2:00 – 2:30 – Shaking/Dancing/Qi Gong
  • 2:30 – 2:45: Break
  • 2:45 – 3:15 – The Privilege Walk
  • 3:15 – 3:30 – Questions?
  • 3:30 – 4:00 – Re-Commitment Letters

The Return

  • 4:00:  Evaluations


“Overall the training was WOW! I am leaving with so many thoughts and a commitment to be a better therapist and person.”—Kristin I