Tools for Countering Racial Trauma
CANDICE RICHARDSON DICKENS
African Americans regularly receive societal messages about their lack of value, powerlessness, and inability to ensure their personal safety. Perpetuated through media stories as well as common, everyday interactions, these microtraumas cause African Americans to experience a heightened sense of cortisol arousal, a pervasive feeling of doom, and a lack of trust in relation to their environment. The result is hypervigilance and intrusive exaggerated flight, fight, and freeze responses. In this workshop, you’ll discover how to:
- Identify triggers and symptoms of microtrauma, as well as how it’s processed in the brain
- Use mindfulness practices, faith-based rituals, deep breathing exercises, grounding techniques, and memory-processing activities to decrease frequency of reactivity
- Apply mood-regulation skills, self-talk safety scripts, and sensory techniques to enhance clients’ feelings of being in control and empowered in the presence of real or perceived danger
- Develop behavioral choices in dealing with anxiety over past traumas and current situations
Note: This workshop fulfills many state board requirements for training in cultural competency.
Candice Richardson Dickens, LCPC-S, LCADC-S, CCTP, is a hypnotherapist, Imago therapist, and owner of CRA Counseling and Consulting Agency.