Working with Racial Trauma and Stress (1-Day CPD)

Working with Racial Trauma and Stress (1 Day CPD: 7.5 Hours)

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Join racial trauma experts Mamood Ahmad (UKCP Psychotherapist) & Sam Jamal (BACP Therapist) as they help you work with client experiences* of racism, racial stress, racial trauma, and intergenerational racial trauma. This training will give you a deeper understanding and equip you with the expert strategies and skills you will need to help clients narrate, heal, and empower from within their wounds of racial stress and trauma.

Background

Often in psychological trainings, even those specifically designed to treat trauma and PTSD, the therapist can be left without the necessary knowledge and skills to work with racism, race-based stress, and racial trauma. The link between racism and trauma may never be made. This can leave an important factor out of therapy and consequently lead to a shortfall in the service provided or, worse, lead to negative, triggering, and even harmful experiences. All this is possible even when the therapist intends ‘no harm’. Thus, it makes it essential we create a therapeutic service that is safer, more inclusive, and more skillful.

Overview

The training is structured into six units with case examples and expert strategies provided throughout. There will be opportunities to ask questions, bring your own experiences, and view a client roleplay.

1: How Racial Trauma, Intergenerational Trauma, and Stress Manifest Within Clients

2: Assessing and Conceptualising Racial Stress & Trauma

3: Processing Racial & Intergenerational Trauma

4: Client Autonomous Empowerment: Hostile Environments, Self-Care, and Anti-Discrimination Action

5: Relationship Development, Maintenance, and Ruptures

6: Centering Anti-Racist Practice: Are You Ready?

Audience

Any psychological practitioner, such as counsellors, psychotherapists, and psychologists. It is also suitable for trainees. We will provide guidance on readiness to work with racial trauma during the training so you can self-assess your development.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand and be able to explain what racial stress and trauma are, to identify key characteristics of racial trauma, and to compare those with PTSD and stress models.
  • Be better equipped to assess and conceptualise racial trauma and stress as part of a client’s overall problem presentation.
  • Develop strategies to build the relationship and broach racism, intersecting social identities and intergenerational trauma.
  • Be more equipped to help the client process racial, intergenerational, and internalised forms of racial trauma.
  • Be better prepared to help clients manage potentially unsafe environments and incorporate anti-discrimination strategies within the room, as well as within service provision.
  • Learn common mistakes therapists make in working with racial stress and racial trauma which form (often invisible) barriers to the relationship and impact outcomes.
  • Situate your learning and edge of development when working with racial trauma and stress.

Standards of competence

This training aligns with our leading Race and Culture 2.0 standards based framework particuarly racial-cultural discrimination (link here).

Aftercare

We have specific protocols to keep the environment as safe as possible for all and particularly for people with lived experience of racial stress and trauma. The instructors will be available between breaks and after the training for upto 30 minutes to support you.

About #TADF

#TADF is a network of psychological practitioners who work with individuals, institutions and training providers to embed anti-discrimination practice into their cirriculum, service design and organisation.

*Client experiences in this course relate to People of the Global Majority (PoGM), such as people from African and Asian Diaspora as well as people of visible mixed race identities.