227 – Addressing Cultural Trauma
Special Issues in Working with Marginalized Clients
If you work with African Americans, Native Americans, Holocaust survivors and their descendants, or any other disenfranchised clients, you’re often working with the legacies of cultural and historical trauma. This workshop will open a path toward addressing wounds and issues that too often go ignored and limit the effectiveness of therapy. Discover how to enhance your work with people who have different cultural, religious, and racial backgrounds as well as those from a different gender or social class. You’ll explore:
- Ways to increase your awareness of how race, culture, identity, social context, and privilege shape the development of complex trauma and impact the therapeutic relationship
- A model of self-regulation that allows therapists to regulate their neurobiological activation and bias
- How to assess for the intersection of culture, race, and identity with developmental and complex trauma
- How to address the survival narrative that can be the key to working with clients’ cultural trauma
Note: This workshop fulfills many state board requirements for training in cultural competency.
Anita Mandley, MS, LCPC, serves as the team leader for the Adult Trauma Team and the Dialectical Behavior Team at the Center for Contextual Change.