223 – Cultural and Historical Traumas

Invisible Barriers to Healing and Change
Anita Mandley

If you work with African Americans, Native Americans, holocaust survivors and their descendants, intergenerational poverty, or refugees, then whether you realize it or not, your work is being influenced by the legacies of cultural and historical trauma. If your clients differ from you in the areas of race, culture, religion, sexuality, class or gender, your own biases are there as well. This workshop brings these issues out of the shadows and into consciousness, and opens a new path toward addressing the hidden grief of cultural and historical wounds. You’ll discover:

  • How to assess the impact of cultural and historical traumas on clients and yourself
  • How to move clients from reflexive reactivity to a conscious state of presence that allows for connection, fluidity, and coherence in the here and now
  • How to uncover the survival narrative, validate the trauma, and move to a strengths-based process of change with clients


Note: This workshop fulfills many state board requirements for training in cultural competency.

Anita Mandley, MS, LCPC, is an integrative psychotherapist practicing at The Center for Contextual Change. She’s the creator of the Integrative Trauma Recovery Group (ITR) a group therapy process designed specifically for adults with developmental and complex PTSD.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Anita Mandley practices at the Center for Contextual Change.
Non-financial: Anita Mandley has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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