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Home Study: Fall Summit 2022-11 - Counseling Clients Who Have Experienced Racial Trauma 

11-28-2022 16:18

**Previously Recorded on 11/10/2022 - Not a Live Event**

The unswerving scarcity in trauma research that fails to include the experiences of Black people with discrimination and racism increases the likelihood that Black people may be misdiagnosed or dismissed when they report on symptoms related to racial battle fatigue (Smith et al., 2006). Because of the novelty in recognizing the harmful impact of racism on Black people in the U.S., the literature on how mental health professionals address racial trauma in counseling is limited. To respond to the mental health needs of their Black clients, Black mental health providers have had to adapt their cultural knowledge of the Black experience to the Eurocentric training resources and knowledge taken from the mental health field. The frequent exposure and experience working with racial trauma have given Black mental health providers the expertise needed in the area of racial trauma. The purpose of this presentation is to share lessons learned from experienced Black mental health professionals who have worked with clients who have endured racial trauma.  Attendees will learn about the intricacies in identifying racial trauma, the impact of serving populations impacted by racial trauma, and strategies to effectively work with racial trauma.

Dr. Claire Martin is an assistant professor in the Counseling Department at Webster University. She holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, an MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and an MA in Psychology from the City University of New York-Hunter College. Dr. Martin is committed to developing counselors’ competencies in multiculturalism and trauma-informed practices. Her scholarly activities focus on the intersectionality between oppression, discriminatory policies and practices, and the development of psychological trauma in marginalized populations. Dr. Martin is also a practicing licensed professional counselor (LPC) with an emphasis on trauma recovery and a clinical supervisor of counseling.


AMHCA will provide 1.5 CEs total after viewing and completing the accompanying quiz with a passing grade (80% or higher). American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. All sales are final - home study registrations are non-refundable.



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