Daily microtraumas and constant societal messages about their lack of value and power can keep many of our African American clients in a chronic state of stress, hypervigilance, shame, and activation, with exaggerated flight-fight-freeze responses. This workshop explores how neuroception and the Polyvagal pathways shape the adaptive reactions of African Americans to racism, and how clinicians can help address these reactions and the related emotional burdens we all carry. You’ll discover how to:
- Teach mind-body practices and IFS techniques to effectively deregulate stress responses and promote feelings of empowerment and safety
- Identify triggers and symptoms of microtrauma, as well as how it’s processed in the brain
- Explore how therapy can be affected by the emotional reactivity of both African American and non-African American clinicians when treating African American clients
- Make positive behavioral choices when dealing with anxiety over past traumas and current situations
Note: Fulfills many state board requirements for cultural competency.
Candice Richardson Dickens, LCPC-S, LCADC-S, CCTP, MAC, has been in clinical practice and addiction counseling for more than 26 years. She’s the owner of CRA Counseling and Consulting Agency.